Patty Jenkins has reportedly closed a deal making her the highest paid female director of all time.
The success of “Wonder Woman” has warranted the director a substantial pay raise. Some reports indicate she will be receiving $8 million dollars to write, direct, and produce the next installment of the franchise.
Grossing $813 million worldwide, “Wonder Woman” was a massive success, especially when compared to its $150 million budget. Patty Jenkin’s vision has been a beacon of hope in a critically denounced lineup of DC films. “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” “Suicide Squad,” and “Justice League” have all received mixed reviews to say the least. In fact, Wonder Woman has been the only film in the DC cinematic universe that has received a certified fresh score on Rotten Tomatoes.
Yet Jenkins could right the ship with another successful film. Gal Gadot has already signed on to return as Wonder Woman.
Wonder Woman, in many ways, has become a rallying cry for women who have embarrassed the empowering narrative during a turbulent time in American history. With the rise of women’s marches and a flood of allegations against men who have committed sexual harassment, it is not hard to see how a film centered on a strong female lead would be embraced by feminists.
In an interview with Variety, Jenkins discussed the film’s role in the contemporary discourse. “I didn’t really start to make the connection about the lightning rod it was going to hit until it had opened,” says Jenkins. “I assumed that it would be seen just as a superhero film.”
Jenkins says she is aware of the pressure her new payrate brings. “I think the legacy of ‘Wonder Woman’ is a different kind of hero, one that hits the same marks but also really is about love and empowerment in a slightly different way,” she says. “I think that’s why I love that people wear her outfit. People who are struggling in some sort of way or don’t identify with the world they live in can often find themselves in Wonder Woman.”
Wonder Woman’s massive success has not only opened the doors for other comic book movies centered on female character, but has also presumably opened the door for other female directors.
The film is scheduled to release December 13th of 2019.