Wonder Woman movie was directed by Patty Jenkins, the first woman to direct a DC film with a screenplay written by Allan Heinberg, story by Heinberg, Snyder, and Fuchs. It had Gal Gadot as the Wonder Woman and Chris Pine as Captain Steve Trevor. The supporting cast of the film included Robin Wright, Danny Huston, David Thewlis, Elena Anaya etc.
It explored the origins of Wonder Woman, from being Diana on the island of Themyscira to saving American pilot Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) who crashed his plane offshore, ultimately leading her to end World War I. The film has not just smashed box-office records but also glass ceiling for women. Wonder Woman broke the record of biggest opening weekend collections for a female directed live-action movie.
At the world-wide box-office, Wonder Woman is poised to hit the Billion dollar mark as it has already crossed $800 million. The film has already crossed Man of Steel, Suicide Squad and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
This means that when all is said and done, Wonder Woman will be the highest grossing DCEU movie. Infact, the biggest Marvel stars were showering praise on the movie left, right and center.
Wonder Woman is the biggest summer blockbuster and it put DCEU on the map. This paved the way for the sequel to Wonder Woman, and both Patty Jenkins (the director) and Gal Gadot would be returning. At SDCC, 2017 it was announced that December 13, 2019 will be the release date but it has been bumped up to November 1, 2019.
Patty is working on the script with writer Dave Callaham and the production will commence from next year summer. While the first Wonder Woman movie was based in World War I era England and homeland of Diana i.e Themyscira, the sequel is set in America and could be in 1980’s where Wonder Woman take on Russian enemies during the height of Cold War and Chris Pine may return as aging Steve Trevor.
According to reports by Deadline, Warner Bros. and Patty Jenkins have finalized the deal which could make her a female director who would make the most amount of money and at par with successful male directors. Usually, if a new director is working on a new comic-book movie, he gets in the ballpark of $1.5 million to $3.0 million but someone like Zack Snyder got $10 million for directing Man of Steel. The distribution of money goes like this – 20% during pre-production, 60% during actual production, 10% during post-production and 10% after the movie is over.
This would be historic and unprecedented as it would set the example for other female directors to cut a better deal for themselves in the future.
Patty could have taken the big amount she was offered initially but she stood her ground which will have huge repercussions going forward.
Recently, Patty Jenkins made a podcast appearance and revealed the details about the theme and big issues of Wonder Woman sequel. Here’s what she said:
“It’s really still going to other values of hers, and a similar formula insofar as making a great, enjoyable fun movie but that ultimately in its third act turns some very big issues, and a very big experience that will aim to have slightly more weight and profundity than it has to have. Because that’s a formula that I really like, and I like the idea of taking somebody on a very solid, great journey but that arrives at a bigger question being answered. So it’s like that but because she is Wonder Woman and she’s here now and she’s fully developed, it’s got great fun from the start and great big superhero presence from the start, and is funny and a great love story again and a couple new unbelievable characters who I’m so excited about, who are very different than were in the last movie.”
The Oscar campaign for the Wonder Woman has begun as the studio believes it deserves honors and recognitions for their effort and may be some Oscar love as well.
According to reports from Variety, the studio is planning a massive PR campaign to get Wonder Woman nominated in the “Best Picture” category and Petty Jenkins nominated for “Best Director” category. Most of the superhero movie makers feel it’s a fool’s errand to chase Oscars for their work as the jury is disinterested. But industry analysts feel this could be the money well-spent.
Wonder Woman has all the makings of a movie which should be nominated whether its critical acclaim from across the board, financial success at global box-office, female-led superhero movie becoming second highest grossing trailing Beauty and the Beast or Rotten Tomatoes rankings.
It seems it has serious shot at the Oscars, the only other woman who actually won was Kathryn Bigelow for “The Hurt Locker” and it was not a superhero movie.
There is also a possibility of a cameo by Lynda Carter in the sequel and talks are underway to make it happen. Carter is all praise for Petty Jenkins, she said:
“We were trying to get me in the first one and we couldn’t make it work with our timing… It really is up to Patty, and if it works in an organic way it’ll be great fun and it’ll be wonderful to do. Am I open to it? Absolutely. I ADORE Patty Jenkins, and it’ll be wonderful to do. But we’ll just see how it goes.”
“I was so taken with the both of them, and taken with Patty from the beginning when she very first got this film, and we talked on the phone. I just said that she knows who this character is. Because Wonder Woman, it’s the idea of her. It’s not about superpowers, it’s about her intellect and compassion. It’s so much more than some comic book character, because we identify with it.”
Hopefully, Wonder Woman sequel will recreate the magic of the original movie.