Variety reports Jenkins will earn $9 million for directing the superhero sequel.
Last year, The Hollywood Reporter revealed Jenkins was in talks for a "precedent-setting" deal to earn $7 to $9 million for the film in addition to "considerable backend." Now, it turned out to be the latter number making her the highest paid female director of all time. The previous record-holder was Nancy Meyers (What Women Want, Something's Gotta Give, The Holiday) who peaked at $5 million per film.
Back in 2017, when the payday was still in negotiation, Jenkins spoke about her fight for an equal salary to her male counterparts after creating a smash hit at the box office.
"You’re of course aware of the money," said Jenkins in an interview with Variety. "But I’ve never been more aware of a duty than I was in this deal. I was extremely aware that I had to make sure I was being paid what the male equivalent would be."
Jenkins later added that she was not only negotiating for herself but for other women as well.
"Women who have not been in a system that allows them to build up the same level of pay as men are not able to be paid the same as men forever if that’s the way it continues," she said. "You have to ask for it to happen, and you have to ask when you’re the appropriate person." She later used Charlize Theron, who won an Oscar for her role in 2003's Monster, as an example. "I knew when Charlize had to do it on ‘Snow White and the Huntsman,’ and I felt that it was my job to do it here."
It seems it all paid off.