Last month, Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins was confirmed to be returning to helm the film’s sequel. Speaking recently to Variety, Jenkins has discussed signing on to direct the sequel, responding to James Cameron’s comments on the film and the character’s significance to fans.
Having recently negotiated a record-breaking salary for a female director for Wonder Woman 2 (reportedly $7 million -$9 million), Jenkins explained the duty she felt in assuring she was being paid fairly for directing the sequel:
“I’ve never been more aware of a duty than I was in this deal. I was extremely aware that I had to make sure I was being paid what the male equivalent would be.”
Wonder Woman was popular with audiences everywhere, even generating some Oscar buzz, but has been particularly hailed as a feminist icon. It makes sense, then, that real life achievements on equal pay are being made behind the scenes. Jenkins also talked about wanting Wonder Woman to pave the way for female superheroes to be viewed in the same light as their male counterparts, without gender stereotypes affecting our relationship to them:
“I have always wanted to be last-wave feminism, where you’re so feminist, you’re not thinking about it at all. Where you’re like, ‘Of course this superhero is the greatest superhero of all time. Oh, she’s a woman? I wasn’t even thinking about that!’”
Earlier in the year, James Cameron expressed his own thoughts on why, perhaps, Wonder Woman was not quite the feminist success it claimed to be, in a statement that Jenkins herself later responded to. Asked about the comments and the exchange with Cameron, she explained:
“I actually was not upset at all. Everybody is entitled to their own opinion. But if you’re going to debate something in a public way, I have to reply that I think it’s incorrect.”
Jenkins has been able to negotiate her pay so effectively for Wonder Woman 2 because she was not originally contracted to direct more than the first film. She told Variety:
“They could have tied me up earlier. I wouldn’t have wanted that.”
Despite not wanting to be tied to multiple instalments initially, it sounds as though Jenkins already has an idea of where she will be taking the Wonder Woman sequel. Group chief of Warner Bros. Pictures, Toby Emmerich, said:
“I think she has a really clear and fun and compelling place that she’s taking the story.”
Jenkins also revealed that it was another DC superhero movie that got her into filmmaking in the first place – Richard Donner’s Superman. Talking about the film, which she first saw shortly after her father died, Jenkins said:
“I remember everything about the experience of seeing it. It really hit me in that way of exactly what I think superheroes were designed to do — to inspire you to metaphorically imagine the superhero within.”
It seems things have come full circle with the release of Wonder Woman, as Jenkins explained:
“I always thought, because of Superman, one day I want to make a movie that makes other people feel like that movie made me feel. The fact that that’s come true is so stunning.”
Wonder Woman is out on Blu-Ray and Digital HD right now, and Wonder Woman 2 is set for release December 13, 2019.
5 Reasons Warner Bros. Needs To Fast-Track The ‘Man Of Steel’ Sequel
Superman is a pop culture icon. The character was introduced to the masses in 1938. Eventually after radio shows, serials and animated adaptations, Superman became a movie icon following the release 1978’s Superman: The Movie. The seminal superhero film, directed by Richard Donner and starring Christopher Reeve, was followed by three sequels and one spin-off. In 2006, Bryan Singer brought Superman back to the silver screen with Superman Returns. The movie was divisive so it was back to the drawing board for Warner Bros. and DC Comics. Eventually, Zack Snyder was brought on board for the next iteration of Superman: Man of Steel.
Man of Steel was released in 2013 to decent reviews. The movie was a financial hit, but instead of doing a direct sequel, Warner Bros. went with Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. That movie has come and gone and Justice League is on the horizon. Last year, it was also announced that a sequel to Man of Steel was coming along. There has been no word on that movie other than a few rumors here and there. This may be due to the situation that Superman was left in at the end of Batman v Superman, which will be resolved in Justice League.
There are many reasons why Man of Steel deserves a sequel. Here are a few reasons Warner Bros. needs to fast-track the project. Click Next to get started!