Wonder Woman 1984 director Patty Jenkins shared recently that she almost didn’t return to the franchise after the first film because of contract negotiations.
Before being tapped to direct the first Wonder Woman film, Patty Jenkins was attached to Thor: The Dark World and eventually left that project due to creative differences. Jenkins would eventually get her chance to direct a superhero film with Wonder Woman and returned to direct the sequel coming to HBO Max this Christmas.
After Wonder Woman 1984, Patty Jenkins will put all her attention on another major franchise with Star Wars: Rogue Squadron. Jenkins recently appeared on the Happy Sad Confused and revealed that she almost didn’t return for the sequel back when her new deal was being negotiated:
“I started to walk away. I was gonna’ walk away. I even said I’d be happy to go to another studio and make a quarter as much because it’s not a sequel, on principle, no problem. It’s interesting as someone who never made any profit in my career up until Wonder Woman, that I was always at peace with it. I was like, ‘Hey I get it.’ But now I was like, ‘Listen, I never made any money in my career because you always had the leverage and I didn’t,’But now the shoe is on the other foot so it’s time to turn the tables.”
Many independent male filmmakers have jumped to massive superhero films like Patty Jenkins and she wanted to be sure that she was paid equally:
“I don’t want to talk about a quote system that’s boxed me out and it’s not even true. It was easy to find that all of the men not just had quotes, they’d made an independent film and then a first [superhero] movie. They got paid seven times more than me for the first superhero movie. Then on the second one, they got paid more than me still. It was an easy fight to say, ‘This can’t be. It super can’t be. And it really can’t be on Wonder Woman… it was an interesting thing to do, but it was an easy thing to do in the fact I was dead serious. That I was like ‘If I can’t be victorious in this regard, then I’m letting everyone down.’ If not me, who? So it became something I became very, very, very passionate about.”
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Full details on Wonder Woman 1984′s plot are being kept under wraps, but the film is said to follow Gal Gadot’s Diana Prince as she comes into conflict with a formidable new adversary named Cheetah and businessman Maxwell Lord. Wonder Woman was last seen in Zack Snyder’s DC superhero team-up movie Justice League.
Directed by Patty Jenkins from a script she co-wrote with David Callaham and a treatment she developed with Geoff Johns, the film stars Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Kristen Wiig, Pedro Pascal, Natasha Rothwell, Ravi Patel, Gabriella Wilde, Connie Nielson, and Robin Wright.
Wonder Woman 1984 is scheduled to be released on December 25 in theaters and on HBO Max. Stay tuned for all the latest news surrounding the DC Extended Universe and be sure to subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more exclusive video content.
Source: Happy Sad Confused