Patty Jenkins says for 'Wonder Woman' she was paid 7 times less than male directors and despite getting a record-breaking raise to do the sequel 'they got paid more than me still'
"Wonder Woman 1984" director Patty Jenkins. Clay Enos / Warner Bros.
"Wonder Woman 1984" director Patty Jenkins spoke about fighting for a raise for her sequel.
Jenkins said on the Happy Sad Confused podcast that she brought Warner Bros. the case that male superhero directors were "paid seven times more than me for the first superhero film."
It resulted in her landing a payday for "Wonder Woman 1984," which made her the highest paid director of all time. But Jenkins said it still doesn't match what male directors get for a superhero sequel.
"They were still getting paid more than me," she added.
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It's hard to believe, but even after the global box office hit of Wonder Woman in 2017, director Patty Jenkins was still struggling to get a raise when talks began on a sequel, she said.
Jenkins was best known in the industry for directing Charlize Theron's Oscar-winning appearance in the gritty 2003 independent film "Monster," before landing the directing gig for the long-awaited DC Comics film that became one Sensation became.
When the sequel "Wonder Woman 1984" came out, Jenkins said it was time for Warner Bros. to pay her like her male counterparts.
"It was easy to find that all the men made an independent film and then made a first [superhero] film. They were paid seven times more than me for the first superhero film," Jenkins said on the December 16 episode Podcasts "Happy Sad Confused". "So it was an easy struggle to say this can't be, and it really can't be on Wonder Woman."
Jenkins admitted that asking for more money was uncomfortable, mostly because at this point in her career she didn't feel she was eligible.
Gal Gadot in "Wonder Woman 1984". Clay Enos / Warner Bros.
"As someone who didn't make a profit until 'Wonder Woman' in my career, it's interesting that I've always been okay with that," she said. "I said, 'Hey, I see.' 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. "
And Jenkins revealed that if she wasn't paid fairly, she was willing to move away from the Wonder Woman franchise at some point.
"I wanted to go away, I wanted to go away," she said. "I even said I'd like to go to another studio and earn a quarter that much because it's basically not a sequel. No problem."
But eventually Jenkins got a raise, especially since Jenkins has producer, story and script credit in addition to directing "Wonder Woman 1984". In fact, The Hollywood Reporter noted that the deal made Jenkins the highest-paid director of all time. The deal ranged between $ 7 million and $ 9 million with a "sizable backend".
Compared to what their male colleagues get for directing a superhero sequel, "they were still paid more than me," Jenkins admitted on the podcast.
"Wonder Woman 1984" is about Wonder Woman in the 1980s when she competes against villains Max Lord (Pedra Pascal) and Cheetah (Kirsten Wiig) and is reunited with her long love Steve Trevor (Chris Pine).
Jenkins will then make a film in the legendary "Star Wars" franchise "Star Wars: Rogue Squadron". She will be one of the first women directors to direct a Star Wars film.
"Wonder Woman 1984" opens in theaters and on HBO Max on Christmas Day.
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