Wonder Woman is a monumental success; the first solo female superhero movie in a decade is currently topping the box office but is also the first movie from DC to be highly revered by critics since The Dark Knight. Director Patty Jenkins is expected to return to helm the inevitable sequel, but she revealed in a recent Q&A that she would like to work on another comic book superhero from the DC Extended Universe.
Jenkins’ Midas Touch
The Wonder Woman movie is breaking glass ceilings worldwide. With $263.7 million at the global box office, it is now the highest grossing female-directed movie in the history of Hollywood. It is also the most expensive movie ($150 million budget) ever shot by a woman. It also retains a 90% ratings in Rotten Tomatoes after two weeks of release, a first for any movie from the DCEU.
Jenkins definitely brought hope to the cinematic universe which, after a couple of movies, fails to keep up with its competitor, the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Movie critics dubbed Wonder Woman as the saving grace of the DCEU and other superheroes should take note.
However, could Jenkins be stepping in to revamp the DCEU? In a recent Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything), the filmmaker revealed that she would like to have her hand in a Superman movie sometime in the future.
“It’s no secret that I love Superman,” she shared, “but right now I’m just happy doing Wonder Woman.”
The last Superman movie was Man of Steel which starred Henry Cavill and was directed by Zack Snyder. It grossed a total of $668 million after spending 14 weeks at the global box office in 2013, but the reviews were nothing to boast about.
However, its box office success guaranteed a sequel. The movie is expected to come around 2020 with Matther Vaughn (Kingsman: The Secret Service) was rumored to be in negotiations to direct.
At this point, Jenkins’ involvement in Man of Steel 2 would be welcomed wholeheartedly by fans. Her work on Wonder Woman already drew comparisons with Richard Donner’s Superman.
However, Jenkins is not too keen about interconnected superhero movies. In the same Q&A, the director revealed that she is not exactly a fan of cinematic universes.
“I would say I have very mixed feelings about that,” she explained. “There’s a version of every kind of film that I celebrate, but there seems there’s also a tendency to make a mess if there’s too much going on – so it’s not something I think is always a great idea.”
Jenkins is not the first director to speak against cinematic universes which seem to be on trend within studios in Hollywood. James Mangold, the genius behind Logan, also previously commented that comic book movies nowadays tend to become two-hour long teasers for other movies.
The latest studio to create its own cinematic universe is Universal which earlier this year announced the Dark Universe. Wonder Woman already destroyed its first entry, The Mummy, at the domestic box office this weekend. Hasbro seems to be in the process of developing its own cinematic universe.
Wonder Woman is still playing in theaters worldwide. It stars Gal Gadot as Diana, Princess of Themyscira, who leaves her isolated home paradise to fight alongside spy/pilot Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) in a war to end all wars. The movie also stars Connie Nielsen, Danny Huston, David Thewlis, Lucy Davis, Elena Anaya and Robin Wright.
Gadot’s Wonder Woman will next appear in Justice League where she will fight alongside Ben Affleck’s Batman, Jason Momoa’s Aquaman, Ezra Miller’s The Flash, Ray Fisher’s Cyborg and Cavill’s Superman. The movie will land on the big screen on Nov. 17.