The deal came after months of speculation over whether Jenkins would return to the franchise. Although it had previously been announced that she was working on the script to the sequel.
“Wonder Woman” was the hit that reinvigorated interest in the commercially successfully but critically panned “Justice League” franchise. To date, the Princess of Themyscira is the second highest grossing film of 2017. The film has earned an estimated $410 million domestically, and about $816 million worldwide. In North American theaters, “Wonder Woman” has out-earned all of the DC Extended Universe films. It follows just behind “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” for worldwide totals.
In addition to its box office success, “Wonder Woman” has been a critical hit as well. The film has a score of 92% on Rotten Tomatoes and is listed as the highest rated superhero film on the aggregate site.
Prior to her groundbreaking deal for “Wonder Woman,” Patty Jenkins worked mostly in TV. She was nominated for a Primetime Emmy for directing the pilot of AMC’s series “The Killing.” She also directed episodes of “Entourage,” “Arrested Development,” and “Betrayal.” Her first feature film was the 2003 film “Monster,” which won an Academy Award for star Charlize Theron.
Jenkins is working with star Chris Pine on a mini-series for TNT, “One Day She’ll Darken.” The six-episode series is due to hit televisions sometime in 2018. She also announced a film project called “I Am Superman,” which is reportedly not about the Man of Steel.
Warner Bros already locked in star Gal Gadot to reprise her role. It is unclear whether Chris Pine will return. There are conflicting reports about whether the sequel will take place during World War II, the 1980s, or even sometime in the 1990s.
The “Wonder Woman” sequel will be released December 13, 2019.