Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins has yet to sign on to direct the planned 2019 sequel, but her and Warner Bros. are reportedly close - with the delays attributed to her asking for equal pay to what male directors would receive in her situation, according to Deadline.
"Why the delay? Because Jenkins — who was lauded repeatedly during the Women in Film Crystal Awards this year by several of its nominees — expects to be paid substantially more and the same as a male director would receive after such a box office coup," said Deadline. "That desire was seconds away from becoming a reality on Thursday evening as a deal was being finalized which would elevate her as the highest-paid female director in town."
Wonder Woman opened earlier this summer with a $103.2m debut weekend, going on to earn $800m and counting. Wonder Woman is currently the 15th-highest grossing film ever for Warner Bros., behind Inception, the Dark Knight trilogy, the Harry Potter films, The Hobbit films, and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
The Hollywood trade didn't specify what Jenkins made for Wonder Woman or what she's asking for to return, but said that Zack Snyder received $10m against 10% cash break for Man of Steel; that film grossed $667m at the box office.
DC Films co-head (and DC's Chief Creative Officer) Geoff Johns has publicly welcomed Jenkins' involvement in the sequel, saying that he had already begun discussions to co-write the film with her.
The as-yet-untitled Wonder Woman sequel is scheduled for release December 13, 2019.