Patty Jenkins about to make history with Wonder Woman 2 payday

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Aug 18, 2017

Hear that? It's the sound of at least one glass ceiling shattering.

At press time, Deadline was reporting that Patty Jenkins and her agents were close to finalizing a deal to direct Wonder Woman 2 that would make Jenkins the highest-paid female director in Hollywood. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but industry sources suggested that Jenkins could collect $10 million plus bonuses -- roughly the same figure Zack Snyder reportedly earned for Man of Steel.

While it was assumed that Jenkins would return, her participation was not announced at Comic-Con last month with the confirmation of the sequel itself and its release date. That's because Jenkins and her team were working to make sure that she get compensated not just fairly, but the same as any male director who delivered a movie that made more than $400 million in North America alone, nearly $800 million worldwide, and relaunched a franchise -- the DC Extended Universe -- that seemed in danger of imploding. Wonder Woman did all that.

Wonder Woman also notched the best opening ever for a film by a female director and the best worldwide box-office gross for a live-action movie helmed by a woman as well. It's also now the third-highest-grossing movie in North America in the history of Warner Bros. Pictures, behind only The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises.

So it's a no-brainer to say that Jenkins -- who probably took home somewhere between $1.5 million and $3 million for the first movie -- has earned every penny she can get for Wonder Woman 2.

Two things to take away from this: Let's hope that more female directors get their chance at helming major blockbusters and franchise films, and also that this sets a precedent once and for all that those same women should get the same compensation as the men who have dominated the field for so long.

A studio source told Deadline that the deal could be "reached soon" and in fact the contract may be signed by the time you read this, so hopefully we're not premature in congratulating Patty Jenkins on this remarkable achievement.

Wonder Woman 2, starring Gal Gadot, will open in theaters on December 13, 2019.