Gal Gadot reportedly earned $300,000 (about £236,700) for Wonder Woman, while Henry Cavill, as Superman, earned $14 million (about £11 million) for Man of Steel. Aside from movie stars, there are regular people who make more than Gadot did for Wonder Woman. Your average anaesthesiologist makes more than that in a year.
While this huge difference certainly seems to reflect a gender pay gap—even for superheroes—this smaller fee doesn’t seem to be totally without precedent. According to Variety, Gadot signed a contract in 2014 that gave her $300,000 for each DC movie she does, and she likely will make a lot more from bonuses. (Cavill’s Man of Steel earnings do include such bonuses.) And as CBR points out, Chris Evans earned the same as Gadot for Captain America: The First Avenger.
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But there is something a little absurd about Cavill getting £11 million for a, by basically any standard, worse film. While critical acclaim and monetary success can only be measured long after actors’ contracts are signed and a movie is released, Man of Steel grossed around £228 million domestically, while Wonder Woman, which is still in cinemas, is up to $215 million, and was made on a far lower production budget. Man of Steel also wasn’t the critically acclaimed blockbuster Wonder Woman is turning out to be.
Then again, Robert Downey Jr. is rumoured to be getting $200 million (about £158 million) for the next two Avengers films.
From: Harper’s BAZAAR UK