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Wonder Woman is officially the highest-grossing movie of the summer and we already know the sequel is on its way. However, in order to be sure the studio gets its director back, they're apparently willing to make a massive deal. Patty Jenkins has yet to be officially confirmed as the director of Wonder Woman 2 by Warner Bros., however, it is being reported that Jenkins is close to signing a deal for the sequel that will make her the highest paid female director in Hollywood.
While the deal will be a historic one for a female director, according to Deadline, it's par for the course for a director in her position. Directors like Patty Jenkins, making a big comic book movie for the first time, apparently make something between $1.5 and $3 million for the initial film, while more established names in the genre, like the Zack Snyders of the world, make around $10 million per picture. It seems that Jenkins is looking for this sort of a pay bump herself, and while no specific numbers are being reported on the deal she is looking to sign, or at this point, may have already signed, it sounds like the number is somewhere in that ballpark.
If somebody is going to be the highest-paid female director in Hollywood, few would argue against Patty Jenkins being the one. She has successfully directed the highest grossing movie made by a female director, so why shouldn't she be paid more for the sequel? Also, since it sounds like she isn't asking for anything that male directors aren't already receiving, there's really no valid argument against it.
Wonder Woman 2 was officially announced at San Diego Comic-Con and it has a December 2019 release date. In addition to being a massive box office hit, the first film is the first in the DC Extended Universe to be embraced by critics as well as the general public. Warner Bros. certainly knows that they need to keep Patty Jenkins in the fold and they appear to be willing to pay for it. Besides, what's $10 million to pay the director when the movie has grossed over $800 million globally?
One expects that Gal Gadot will also see a nice increase in pay for the Wonder Woman sequel. Her original DC deal covered three films which will take her through November's Justice League. There were some reports that the actress wasn't paid very much, compared to some of her male counterparts, in her original deal and while there has been some question as to the accuracy of those numbers, whatever she was being paid before, we can bet it will be a lot more in the future.