Patty Jenkins to Return for 'Wonder Woman' Sequel Set in Modern Day

Friday, 02 June 2017 - 1:02PM
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Wonder Woman
Friday, 02 June 2017 - 1:02PM
Patty Jenkins to Return for 'Wonder Woman' Sequel Set in Modern Day
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It's official: Wonder Woman has proven to be a hit, showing that it is actually possible for a DCEU movie to be a crowd-pleaser after all. The movie has made an impressive $11 million thus far from advanced tickets on Thursday alone, which is more than movies like Ant Man and even Doctor Strange, while only slightly less than the $11.2 million that the original Guardians of the Galaxy achieved. Crucially, unlike last year's Suicide Squad, the majority of moviegoers seem to be leaving theaters having had a positive experience, with critical and fan reviews claiming that this, finally, is a DCEU movie that's worth the price of admission for more than just the soundtrack.

The credit for the success of the film has fallen squarely at the feet of director Patty Jenkins, in a rare case of Hollywood actually giving a female creator the recognition she deserves. Naturally, Jenkins has now signed on to continue her franchise by directing a sequel featuring Wonder Woman in the modern day.

This news likely leaves Marvel feeling sheepish, since the studio ditched Jenkins' plans for a version of Thor: The Dark World that might have actually been interestingAccording to Jenkins, as she works on this new installment in the Wonder Woman franchise, she hopes to keep the series grounded and relatable:

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"What I never want to do is start phoning it in and making things just to show that I can keep my foot in the door and do big movies. I don't care about that at all. I just want to make great movies. And that could come from any direction. It might be a $10 million movie or it might be $200 million movie."
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There's a lot of wisdom in this line of thinking. The movie industry has a bad habit of swallowing up successful directors by chaining them to large, expensive franchises for decades at a time, tantalizing them with promises of large quantities of money. Smaller comic book movies are on the rise, though, with Deadpool and Logan proving that great movies can be made cheaply when directors are given the freedom they deserve.

Jenkins will likely end up with a larger role in the future of the DCEU now, which is great for the franchise as a whole. But here's hoping that the director will get the chance to focus on riskier, creator-led projects as well. After all, it'd be a real shame if Jenkins' unique vision were watered down by the constant nitpicking of movie executives who are looking for a safe, easy return on their investment.

Wonder Woman is in US theaters now.
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