Yes, Patty Jenkins Directing ‘Wonder Woman 2’ Is A Big Deal

August 18, 2017 - Fifty Shades of Grey

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Gal Gadot in ‘Wonder Woman’

Just underneath a month after Wonder Woman 2 was announced and slotted for Dec. 13, 2019, a film now has a expected director. And that executive is substantially Patty Jenkins. There was a regard and rumblings over since she wasn’t immediately sealed to helm a follow-up to her $800 million+ (as of subsequent Friday) box bureau blowout, as good as concerns in a issue of a recover as to since a supplement wasn’t immediately green-lit. But, in this case, we would have been correct to indeed wait and see what indeed happened before protesting a intensity injustice. And, in this case, Warner Bros./Time Warner Inc. radically did a “right” thing. Wonder Woman 2 will open usually before Christmas of 2019, and Jenkins will roughly positively lapse to a director’s chair.

This matters for dual reasons. First, as Deadline reported, one of a reasons for a holdup was that Jenkins was personification financial hardball, regulating a goodwill and financial success of a initial design to make certain she got paid whatever a masculine executive signing on for a outrageous supplement to a blow-out strange would have gotten in her conditions in a understanding that might make her a best-paid womanlike executive in town. While we can disagree that some franchises are so producer-driven that a executive isn’t indispensably of grand importance, Jenkins was a outrageous partial of offered Wonder Woman. If DC Films is critical about that “filmmaker-driven” approach, she is as profitable to Wonder Woman as (for example) James Gunn is to Guardians of a Galaxy.

The other large reason this “matters” is since it will symbol a initial time in new story that a womanlike executive has helmed both a authorization starter and a sequel. There are a few quasi-exceptions. Walt Disney’s Thanksgiving 2019 Frozen sequel will again be destined by Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck. And after Jennifer Yuh Nelson destined DreamWorks Animation’s Kung Fu Panda 2 to $665m worldwide in 2011, she co-directed 2016’s Kung Fu Panda 3 with Alessandro Carloni. And all 3 Bridget Jones movies had womanlike directors, with Sharon Maguire helming a initial and third and Beeban Kidron directing The Edge of Reason. Otherwise, Hollywood has a robe of employing women to start a female-driven authorization usually for masculine directors to get a reins for a sequel.

Catherine Hardwicke destined a first/best Twilight to $394 million in 2008 usually to be transposed by Chris Weitz for New Moon. The subsequent 3 sequels were destined by David Slade and Bill Condon, a latter of whom went from Breaking Dawn to Walt Disney’s Beauty and a Beast and afterwards Universal’s The Bride of Frankenstein. Sam Taylor-Johnson destined Fifty Shades of Grey to $571m in 2015, though micromanaging by author E.L. James led a shake-up, usually for Universal/Comcast Corp. to sinecure James Foley for a sequels. Phyllida Lloyd destined Universal’s Mamma Mia! to $609m worldwide in 2008, though subsequent year’s Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again! will be created and destined by Ol Parker. Even Wayne’s World replaced Penelope Spheeris with Stephen Surjik for Wayne’s World 2.

Comparatively speaking, James Gunn will approach all 3 Guardians of a Galaxy movies, usually as Barry Sonnenfeld helmed all 3 Men in Black films, Steven Spielberg will shortly have 5 Indiana Jones movies and Michael Bay done 5 Transformers movies. There are copiousness of franchises (Planet of a Apes, Bourne, Captain America) where a sequels were helmed by someone other a executive of a initial film. There are copiousness of franchises (Harry Potter, Batman, Iron Man, a new Star Trek) that altered directors after a initial sequel. But presumption zero changes, Patty Jenkins will not usually be a singular womanlike filmmaker to helm a large live-action tentpole, though she’ll be a initial one invited behind for a sequel. And she’ll be paid handsomely for a honor.

Wonder Woman 2, starring Gal Gadot and destined by Patty Jenkins, opens Dec. 13, 2019 and will take a favorite DC Films favourite to a 1980’s for some unfortunately timely Cold War adventures. Maybe she’ll run into a Minions.

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