We all like money. No doubt about that. But there comes a time where money is more than just money. Such was the case for Patty Jenkins, director of Wonder Woman. On the heels of that film’s success, she was put in great position to haggle with Warner Bros. over her paycheck for Wonder Woman 2.
This wasn’t a decision she made lightly, for it wasn’t just about her getting more money. Speaking with Variety, she shared that she felt a responsibility to get the best deal possible.
“You’re of course aware of the money. But I’ve never been more aware of a duty than I was in this deal. I was extremely aware that I had to make sure I was being paid what the male equivalent would be.”
“Women who have not been in a system that allows them to build up the same level of pay as men are not able to be paid the same as men forever if that’s the way it continues. You have to ask for it to happen, and you have to ask when you’re the appropriate person. I knew when Charlize [Theron] had to do it on Snow White and the Huntsman, and I felt that it was my job to do it here.”
Of course, right alongside her in this decision was actress Gal Gadot, who said:
“She is definitely paving the way for so many other female directors. I think it was very important that she fought to get the best deal. You got to walk the walk and talk the talk.”
Details regarding Jenkins’ specific deal aren’t known, but it’s reported to be somewhere in the $7 to $9 million range, with other backend deals in place as well, making her the highest paid female director in history.
Wonder Woman 2 hits theaters on December 13, 2019.
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