Patty Jenkins Gets Honest About Nearly Quitting ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ Over Salary Dispute
With two “Wonder Woman” films and big budget tent poles like “Cleopatra” and “Star Wars: Rogue Squadron” in her future, Patty Jenkins has become one of the greatest filmmakers in the world. Yet she almost had to leave the superhero franchise that made her a worldwide phenomenon to make sure she was paid the same as her male directors. On a recent episode of MTV's "Happy Sad Confused" podcast (via NME), Jenkins was honest about the pay dispute that broke out over "Wonder Woman 1984".
"I totally did it," said Jenkins. “I started walking away. I would go away. I even said, "I would like to go to another studio and earn a quarter that much because it's not a sequel on principle." No problem."
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Jenkins called it "awkward" when news broke of behind-the-scenes tension with Warner Bros. about her salary for "Wonder Woman 1984" as she never wanted the money side of the job to go public. However, Jenkins knew she had to fight to get paid for what she was worth, to set an example for all directors, regardless of gender.
"It's interesting for someone who didn't make a profit in my career up to 'Wonder Woman' that I always agreed to it." I said, "Hey, I see," Jenkins said that she was paid less than other male directors for much of her career. "But now I was like, 'Look, I've never made any money in my career because you always had the leverage and I didn't. "But now the shoe is on the other foot, so it's time to turn the tables."
Jenkins continued, "It was easy to see that all the men not only had quotes, but had made an independent film and then a first [superhero] film. They were paid seven times more than I was for the first superhero film. The second time, they were paid she still paid more than I. It was an easy struggle to say, "That can't be. It can't be great. And it really can't be on Wonder Woman. It was an interesting thing, but it was an easy thing because I was absolutely serious. "
The director said she kept telling herself throughout the argument, "If I can't be victorious in this regard, I'll let everyone down," adding, "And if not me, who? which I became very, very, very passionate about. "
"Wonder Woman 1984" opens in theaters on December 25th, the day it launches on HBO Max for 31 days. Visit the MTV website and listen to Jenkins' podcast performance in its entirety.
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