New details regarding director Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman contract with Warner Bros. have been revealed.
Earlier this morning, the news broke that the record-breaking director was not signed on to return for the Wonder Woman sequel which contradicted previous reports that Jenkins was already attached to helm the project but now we may have some further insight why the studio held off from locking Jenkins in for the sequel.
According to TheWrap, Jenkins does not have a deal to return in place, nor does she have an option. A source told the outlet that the studio wanted to make sure that film was received well by both critics and fans before greenlighting a sequel with Jenkins returning to direct.
Considering the overwhelmingly positive response from fans and critics, as well as Jenkins breaking the record for the highest-grossing opening weekend for a film directed by a woman with $103.1 million at the domestic box office, the studio will likely be interested in Jenkins returning to direct the sequel. The film is already expected to remain No.1 at the domestic box office in its second weekend as it is predicted to drop as little as 50%, taking in another $50 million as it dominates Universal’s Dark Universe starter The Mummy in its opening weekend.
Jenkins herself also seems interested in returning for another installment as the director has been very vocal about her ideas for a potential follow-up.
In addition to the new details regarding Jenkins’ contract, the outlet also revealed that the representation team behind Wonder Woman herself, Gal Gadot — who does have an option in place — is preparing for a big renegotiation of Gadot’s contract to likely ensure a raise for the actress when she returns for the sequel.
Wonder Woman is now playing. Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for the latest news on a potential Wonder Woman sequel as we learn it.