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Hell Yeah, Patty Jenkins Will Be The Highest-Paid Woman Director Ever For Wonder Woman 2

This is how you get a pay rise.

One of the best pieces of advice for anyone seeking a pay-rise out there is knowing your worth. Don’t let anyone talk down to you or convince you a deal is better than it is. If you’re better than the other schmucks around you, say it. Don’t leave until your bosses acknowledge that with cash.

Now I don’t know exactly what went down in the Warner Bros negotiation room, but what I do know is that Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins walked in with a solid gold hit (both commercially and culturally speaking) for which she was paid $1 million, and walked out (after what’s being termed an unusually lengthy and “challenging” negotiation) with a contract for around eight times that on the sequel.

Patty Jenkins has officially signed on as director, co-writer and producer of the second Wonder Woman, and she got paiddddd.

The reported US$8 million figure — plus an undisclosed percentage of profits from the film’s box office gross — also makes Jenkins the highest paid woman director in the history of Hollywood. The pay cheque overtakes that of Nancy Meyers (The Parent Trap, Something’s Gotta Give, The Holiday) who was paid around US$5 million at her peak.

It might seem crazy to argue the worth of pay rises when they’re counted in the millions (um, any number of millions is excellent and also absurd), but if Hollywood is going to deal in absurd sums, studios may as well distribute it properly between creatives regardless of their gender (or race for that matter). Though the $1 million Jenkins received for the first film was not unheard of for a relatively fresh director in the genre, her success shows she’s no mere rookie, and now she has fought to be compensated accordingly.

During negotiations Jenkins was reportedly chasing a figure on par with the more established men in her field. Zack Snyder was paid $10 million (plus backend) for Man of Steel and… that movie is no Wonder Woman.

The yet-unnamed Wonder Woman sequel is scheduled for release on December 13, 2019.