Patty Jenkins is reportedly close to finalizing a deal to direct the Wonder Woman sequel, after months of salary negotiations.
At Comic-Con in July, Warner Bros. studio announced a December 2019 release date for the sequel, as well as Gal Gadot’s return. But Jenkins’s participation has yet to be firmly solidified, despite Wonder Woman’s historic box office records and the fact that she was already working on a script.
Deadline reports that negotiations stalled because Jenkins “expects to be paid substantially more and the same as a male director would receive after such a box office coup”:
Although no payday was revealed, we understand that her payday and deal is in line with any other director who has performed at this level. A studio source said they were “confident the deal will be reached soon.”
Typically, according to sources, a fresh director on a comic book movie gets $1.5M to $3M, while a director in the realm of Zack Snyder (who is helming DC’s Justice League) received $10M against 10% cash break even for his second DC film Man of Steel. (That’s usually paid out as 20% during pre-production, 60% during production, 10% during post and 10% following).
The Wonder Woman sequel would make Jenkins the highest paid woman director.