Patty Jenkins Set to Become Best-paid Female Director for 'Wonder Woman 2'

Variety reports that Jenkins will earn $8 million for the sequel, due in 2019; Gal Gadot has already signed up to return in title role

Patty Jenkins at an American Film Institute event in Los Angeles, June 2017.
Patty Jenkins at an American Film Institute event in Los Angeles, June 2017. Chris Pizzello/AP

"Wonder Woman" is getting the gang back together, with Variety reporting Monday that Patty Jenkins will return to direct the sequel to the top-grossing Hollywood movie of the summer.

Israeli actor Gal Gadot has already agreed to return for "Wonder Woman 2" (not the official title), which has a U.S. release date of December 13, 2019.

Variety also reports that Jenkins will become the best-paid female director ever, earning $8 million to write, direct and produce the sequel.

Gadot's salary for her work on the first movie was the subject of much debate online earlier this summer, when it was claimed she earned $300,000 to play the Amazon princess with the bullet-deflecting skills.

The Israeli star didn’t seem unduly concerned when the news broke, telling gossip website TMZ she was "grateful and happy" with the salary.

Patty Jenkins, left, with Gal Gadot at the world premiere of "Wonder Woman" in Los Angeles, May 2017.
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It is also rumored that Gadot earns $300,000 for every time she appears onscreen as Wonder Woman, such as in the upcoming "Justice League" this winter.

Jenkins was also in the news recently when "Avatar" director James Cameron took a swipe at "Wonder Woman."

"All of the self-congratulatory back-patting Hollywood’s been doing over ‘Wonder Woman’ has been so misguided," the "Terminator" director told The Guardian in August.

Jenkins shot back in a tweet: "James Cameron’s inability to understand what Wonder Woman is, or stands for, to women all over the world is unsurprising as, though, he is a great filmmaker, he is not a woman."

Despite Cameron's bad-mouthing, "Wonder Woman" was a hit with both critics and audiences. It has a 92 percent approval rating on aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, and was the number one film at the U.S. box office in an otherwise dismal summer, grossing over $400 million in North America alone.