Since last week’s release of Wonder Woman, director Patty Jenkins has been enjoying as huge a cultural moment as her titular super hero—and with good reason. Jenkins’ film smashed the box office record for an opening weekend of a female-directed film, while Jenkins herself has been a delight on the press circuit, giving great interview after great interview (including ours). Her Twitter account is a 24-hour lovefest between her and fans eager to share the joy and enthusiasm they feel after watching her creation. Wonder Woman is the hero we need right now and Jenkins is the perfect vehicle to deliver her to us.
So when news circulated that Warner Bros. still hadn’t signed Jenkins to direct the inevitable sequel, the internet outrage machine predictably kicked into high gear. The truth of the matter is, the only thing standing in the way of Jenkins signing on the dotted line is finances. There is absolutely no way Warner Bros. moves ahead with a sequel without Jenkins behind the camera.
The studio is far too savvy to not realize what canning Jenkins—who’s emerged as a feminist icon in Hollywood and beyond—would mean for its brand. The backlash would be immense. The studio also likely sees that Jenkins is directly responsible for the one success of its DCEU, and should reward her accordingly.
Jenkins confirmed as much when she appeared on Conan this week, and was asked about the status of a Wonder Woman sequel. “We’re working on it,” she said. When asked if she was going to return, Jenkins said “I hope to, I love it, I love the world, and we’re all really excited about it.”
In fact, Jenkins is so certain that she’ll be brought on to direct a sequel that she’s already begun mapping it out in her head.
“The story will take place in the U.S., which I think is right,” she told Entertainment Weekly. “She’s Wonder Woman. She’s got to come to America. It’s time.”
Jenkins has been around Hollywood long enough to know that it would be gauche of her to announce her return before an official deal is done. But as the chorus to bring her back grows louder and louder, expect a deal to be announced before you see the film for a fourth time this weekend.