Patty Jenkins signs on the dotted line to direct Wonder Woman 2, and becomes the highest-paid female director in Hollywood history.
While we all assumed that Patty Jenkins would indeed return to direct Wonder Woman 2, considering the smashing success of the first movie, a drawn-out negotiation process between Jenkins and Warner Bros. meant that only now has she officially signed on.
Via Variety, the negotiation was “challenging,” only becoming more so as Wonder Woman‘s success continued to grow, and the box office numbers continued to rise: at the time of writing, Wonder Woman has grossed more than $402 million in the U.S., and $800 million worldwide.
Jenkins, who was originally brought in to replace Michelle MacLaren and made $1 million on the first movie, will be both directing and co-writing the sequel (Geoff Johns is also writing), and will receive “directing and writing fees in the high seven figures (think somewhere in the $7 to $9 million range)” along with a “considerable” backend for her efforts.
This major pay rise makes Patty Jenkins the highest-paid female director of all time, which is not only well-deserved, but sends an important message about the relative salaries of women versus men. (Note that Zack Snyder earned $10 million for Man of Steel).
The Wonder Woman sequel hits theaters on December 13, 2019, and will bring back not only Gal Gadot but (curiously) possibly also Chris Pine as Steve Trevor.