Success breeds recognition. In the case of Hollywood though, it appears success breeds re-negotiation. After the immensely positive reception and box-office run enjoyed by DC’s Wonder Woman last year, director Patty Jenkins is set to receive a massive raise to helm its sequel. According to Variety, Patty Jenkins will earn $9 million as a salary for directing Wonder Woman 2.
Jenkins was already negotiating a deal to return for Wonder Woman 2 quite a while back. Warner Bros. had grossly underestimated just how successful Wonder Woman would turn out to be and didn’t lock in Jenkins for a sequel. With the movie’s strong emphasis on women empowerment thanks to a pivotal female superhero character, while coincidentally also becoming the first female superhero movie beating Marvel Studios’ Captain Marvel to the finish line, it enjoyed a great reception that forced Warner Bros. to reconsider and bring Jenkins back, a move that has now cost them dearly.
Variety has also shed some light on salaries earned by other actors. Atop the list is Daniel Craig who, as it turns out, will be paid $25 million to return for the 25th (and possibly his final) Bond film. As for DCEU, the universe looks in fairly decent shape so far with Aquaman set to follow next on December this year. Wonder Woman 2 itself is in the process of locking down its shooting locations and should begin filming sometime this summer for a November 2019 release.
Our congratulations go out to Patty Jenkins for securing this huge deal. What are your thoughts on this though? We’d like to hear from you in the comments below.