Joss Whedon may have written and directed the third highest grossing film of all time, but that doesn't mean he's getting a $100 million paycheck for the sequel.
In a post on Whedonesque, confirmed by his reps, the 48-year-old renaissance man said there was no way he was "making Downey money" to direct the next "Avengers" film, in reference to the "Iron Man" star's $50 million payday for "Avengers 2."
"I'm making A LOT, which is exciting. I'm not pretending to be a poor farmer, an Everyman, an ANYman. But that number is nuts," Whedon said.
But Forbes' Dorothy Pomerantz said that Whedon could actually make something close to $100 million in a five-year deal with Disney.
"Whedon pretty conspicuously doesn’t deny that he’s getting a big overall deal," Pomerantz wrote. "He just says that he’s not getting that money on the second Avengers."
Here's his Whedonesque post in full:
I was going to let it slide, but I've got this sour taste in my mouth. (Mmmm, lemonade!). Some facts are not facts. I'm not going to go into the whole thing, but jeepers, I'm not getting $100 mil on Avengers 2. If I were, I would come on this site and laugh and laugh and laugh. I'm not making Downey money. I'm making A LOT, which is exciting. I'm not pretending to be a poor farmer, an Everyman, an ANYman. But that number is nuts. A few other things about me that have been "reported" that people should take with a grain of salt:
That I throw wild Hollywood parties where everyone is naked and dancing and wild and I remember to serve enough snacks.
That I can get a movie greenlit by sighing and staring into the middle distance.
That I ate a unicorn and made it winter for three years.
That I "can write."
Well, that's a load off. Sorry to get so personal -- the whole thing's a bit tawdry. But honestly, it bugged me. I'm off for a nice juicy steak. There's a place downtown that does it with rosemary butter, it tastes just like unico -- like a steak.