While open about a lot of their future DC Extended Universe films, Warner Bros. had been very quiet in the past about the possibility of sequels to Patty Jenkins & Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman. An over $230 million dollar worldwide opening weekend box office has opened up a lot more talk about sequels now.
While other reports had stated that contracts were in place already for Jenkins & Gadot to return for a sequel, it seems that’s not fully the case.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, while Gadot has an option in place for a sequel as part of her multi-film contract that isn’t the case for Jenkins who was only contracted for the one film with the studio. THR sources state that a one-picture only deal is standard for the studio with directors that are taking on a big-budget film for the first time.
That might be true, but it’s also clear that the studio, and most analysts, were not truly prepared for the success that the film has found. Most projected that the $150 million dollar film would bring in only $65 million domestically instead of the $100.5 that it actually brought in.
It’s no secret that most major studios have made it clear that they see female led big-budget films to be a so-called ‘risk.’ Thus why in all their years of making DC comics films, Warner Bros. has only attempted it twice Supergirl and Catwoman films in 1985 and 2004 respectively.
Even stranger is the fact that Warner Bros. has seemed more focused on adding just more first films to the docket like Batgirl or Justice League Dark/Dark Universe, yet were quick to put down the critically divisive but box office money maker Suicide Squad down for a sequel. Yet Superman has no real firm plans for a sequel anywhere even after the relative success of Man of Steel all the way back in 2013.
In the end though this will work out in Jenkin’s favor as her success will mean Warner Bros. will have to negotiate a new contact with her for a sequel, which could lead to her being able to not only make millions more in a paycheck but also be able to get a firmer hand in the development of the next film. Such as working with DC Entertainment president and chief creative officer Geoff Johns or others on a script treatment.
Negotiations between WB and Jenkins reportedly will start soon.