Patty Jenkins is officially set to helm the DC Extended Universe‘s second Wonder Woman installment.
Variety revealed the news today, confirming she has officially reached a deal with Warner Bros. to co-write, produce, and direct the sequel starring Gal Gadot as the titular superheroine.
The record-breaking director was first revealed to be developing the sequel alongside chief creative officer Geoff Johns shortly after the first film released in June, however, Jenkins did not have a deal to return, nor did she even have an option in place. The studio reportedly wanted to wait and see how the film was received by both critics and fans before greenlighting a sequel with Jenkins back at the helm.
Thanks to the massive success at the box office, grossing over $400 million domestically and $800 million worldwide, Jenkins is now set to return to the director’s chair with a payday that will be much more comparable to other filmmakers who worked on films similar to the blockbuster scale of Wonder Woman. The film currently ranks as the highest grossing DC Extended Universe film domestically ahead of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice ($330.3M) and the second-highest grossing DCEU film at the worldwide box office behind Batman v Superman ($873M). Compared to other films in the superhero genre, the Amazonian Princess ranks as the fifth highest grossing superhero film of all time domestically ahead of Shane Black’s Iron Man 3.
Plot details for the sequel remain under wraps but Warner Bros. is set to dial the clock back for the film as it will once again be a period piece, only this time we’ll follow Gadot as the Amazonian Princess during the Cold War as she faces off against the Soviet Union in the 1980s.
Wonder Woman 2 is currently slated to hit theaters December 13, 2019. Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for the latest news on the future of the DCEU as we learn it.