Warner Bros. jumped the gun and announced Wonder Woman 2 last month, but without a director. That’s because Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins has been negotiating a new contract, and now Deadline says she’s close to signing a historic deal.
Jenkins expects to be paid just as much as a male director, and a Warner Bros. source tells Deadline that they are “confident the deal will be reached soon.” While Deadline didn’t know the exact terms of the deal, their sources say it would make Jenkins the highest-paid female director of all time.
If you’re into the numbers, here’s more from Deadline’s sources about what’s typical for a comic book movie director:
Typically, according to sources, a frosh 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).
Jenkins holding out for a big pay day is well deserved. Wonder Woman is the third biggest Warner Bros. domestic release ever, and will soon pass the $800 million mark worldwide. Hopefully they’re willing to give Jenkins what she’s asking for. She’s certainly earned it!