Patty Jenkins broke multiple records as director of this summer's box office smash Wonder Woman, and, as the focus shifts to the film's already-greenlit sequel, she's looking to break a few more.
Deadline reports that, as of Thursday night, Jenkins was in final negotiations to direct Wonder Woman 2, which has already secured Gal Gadot to reprise her role as the titular character. The film has been given an official release date of December 13, 2019. According to the trade mag, Jenkins has yet to be confirmed as director because she reportedly is asking for a hefty pay raise on par with that of a male director of a successful superhero franchise. Warner Bros. is reportedly on the verge of agreeing to Jenkins's terms and paying her what she deserves after the massive success of Wonder Woman, with a studio source telling Deadline they were "confident the deal will be reached soon."
Per Deadline's sources, a first-time director of a comic book movie earns $1.5 million to $3 million, while those with more experience in the genre, like Zack Snyder, who is directing the upcoming Justice League, could receive $10 million, plus a significant cut of the box office earnings. During its opening weekend in June, Wonder Woman raked in more than $103 million in the U.S. and has since gone on to gross nearly $800 million worldwide, according to Box Office Mojo. If Jenkins is awarded the pay raise she's asking for, she could become the highest-paid female director in Hollywood.
Jenkins has previously expressed her desire to reclaim her spot at the helm of the Wonder Woman franchise. In early June, she told Conan O'Brien that she was already on board for a sequel. "We're working on it," she said. "I hope to, I love it, I love the world, and we all are really excited about it." And right around the first film's release, Jenkins spoke to Entertainment Weekly about her ideas for the follow-up. "The story will take place in the U.S., which I think is right. She's Wonder Woman. She's got to come to America. It's time," she said, revealing that although she didn't originally want to be tied to a multifilm deal, she soon changed her mind. "I'm not a big obligation person when it comes to art. You want to do a movie like this because you believe in it," she said. "Then I had this revelation in the middle of the night: This is your dream cast, you've created a character that you love, and you can say anything you want in the world right now." Jenkins added, "I realized that Wonder Woman 2 is its own great movie…It's a beautiful story to tell, an important time to tell it, and with people that I love."