Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins is not officially under contract to helm the currently in-development sequel yet. The latest installment in the DC Extended Universe is the bona fide critical and commercial hit the franchise needed to reestablish forward momentum, breaking box office records over its opening weekend. Fans around the world have instantly fallen in love with Gal Gadot’s touching portrayal of the Amazonian warrior and can’t wait to see her grace the big screen again. Diana Prince will of course be part of this November’s Justice League movie, but many people want to know when Wonder Woman 2 will be making its way to theaters.
Prior to Wonder Woman‘s premiere, Zack Snyder confirmed a followup was coming through the pipeline, and later on it was said Jenkins would return behind the camera to make a contemporary-set adventure for Diana. However, it’s now being reported Jenkins is not officially locked in yet, as her deal with Warner Bros. was just for a single film.
The news comes courtesy of THR, who say that Gadot has a Wonder Woman 2 option as part of her multi-picture deal with the studio, but Jenkins was only under contract for the first film – which is WB’s typical procedure for directors undertaking their first tentpole production. They will begin negotiations with Jenkins soon, and it’s expected she will have tremendous leverage after Wonder Woman far surpassed commercial expectations.
It’s easy to look at the performance of Wonder Woman and scoff at executives for not having the foresight to line up the principals for a sequel ahead of time, but it’s a sign of WB’s changing strategy. Just yesterday, it was said the future of the DCEU slate is dependent on how well Justice League does, so the studio is displaying a great amount of patience piecing together their big franchise. Per THR, they wanted to wait until after the opening weekend numbers came in before discussing Wonder Woman 2. Now that they know there’s much interest in the character and Jenkins’ handling of the material, WB will probably do whatever it takes to bring the band back together. Jenkins has already talked about her ideas for the followup, so it would be a shame if a deal fell through. Hopefully, all parties come together and make it work.
The post-Aquaman outlook of the DCEU is very much up in the air, with several projects in the works and no concrete plans publicly known. A Wonder Woman sequel will certainly be put on the fast track now considering Jenkins comes on board, but the studio is juggling numerous projects like Gotham City Sirens and Batgirl at the moment and need to figure out the proper schedule for the next few years. A lot has changed since they made their initial announcement in 2014, so it remains to be seen when Wonder Woman 2 comes out.