Wonder Woman is a runaway success, with many critics calling it the best DC Universe film so far. But is Wonder Woman herself subject to the same glass ceiling as the rest of us non-goddesses?
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.
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From: Harper’s BAZAAR UK