ON SATURDAY, Warner Bros. won over Comic-Con’s big hall by announcing the sequel to this summer’s “Wonder Woman.” Late Tuesday, the studio won the Internet by announcing the release date for “Wonder Woman 2.”
Now, WB just needs to continue the winning streak by signing up “Wonder Woman” director Patty Jenkins for the sequel. It’s time.
Jenkins, of course, now holds an awfully strong hand in the dealmaking to direct “Wonder Woman 2,” which will be released Dec. 13, 2019, the studio said Tuesday evening.
The sequel will return star Gal Gadot, who will next appear as Diana Prince in November’s “Justice League,” the big DC Comics team-up that will also star Ben Affleck as Batman, Jason Momoa (Aquaman), Ray Park (Cyborg) and Ezra Miller (the Flash).
Jenkins came into “Wonder Woman” as a gifted director on both the big and small screens, but she hadn’t yet guided a blockbuster. Now, she and her superhero smash hold a string of records.
“Wonder Woman” is not only North America’s biggest hit of the summer, having passed “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” in recent days with a domestic gross of $389.7 million. Jenkins’s movie is also the year’s fourth-biggest release worldwide, having recently passed the fifth “Pirates of the Caribbean” film with a total global take of $860 million.
And “Wonder Woman” still isn’t taking the foot off the gas: The film is holding stronger in North America than any superhero film in more than 15 years.
The pop phenomenon has also set a number of records for a solo female-directed film, including the largest North American opening ever ($103.3 million) and the biggest live-action hit ever.
But perhaps most crucially for Warner Bros., Jenkins provided with “Wonder Woman” the biggest domestic hit in the DC Extended Universe, as well as the first film in the franchise to win wide critical praise (“76” on Metacritic.com; 92 percent on Rotten Tomatoes).
And Jenkins delivered her film to market with clean efficiency, as opposed to “Justice League,” which reportedly has required $25 million in reshoots since Joss Whedon took over for director Zack Snyder.
Jenkins, too, is brimming with new ideas for Diana Prince. She told Entertainment Weekly in April, when speaking of a sequel: “The story will take place in the U.S., which I think is right. She’s Wonder Woman. She’s got to come to America. It’s time.”
It’s time, too, for Patty Jenkins. She’s got to come to “Wonder Woman 2.” Just as soon as she’s done smartly flexing her hard-earned leverage.