The magazine also points out that a six figure, pre-residuals, base salary for first installment franchise and superhero films is the norm, naming Iron Man’s Robert Downey Jr., Captain America‘s Chris Evans, and Thor’s Chris Hemsworth as other actors who’ve made six figure salaries for their first outings, then seeing their salaries balloon due to residual money and raises for sequel and crossover films. While the gender-wage gap is still a huge issue in Hollywood, it seems not even it was strong enough to take down Wonder Woman.
…Cavill’s $14 million earnings include bonuses for box-office performance, while Gadot’s $300,000, per a 2014 Variety report, is just the base salary for each movie she’s made thus far in the DC Universe. Though the details of Cavill’s reported $14 million could not be verified, a source with knowledge of studio negotiations on franchise films told Vanity Fair, “It certainly isn’t for one picture. That’s insane.”
The same source said of Gadot’s salary, “Entry-level actors in franchise films are paid an initial rate. As a franchise takes off, they stand to make more money.” So if she signed a deal similar to Cavill’s, the Wonder Woman bonus checks will soon be rolling in — and the sequels could be even more lucrative. Says a source familiar with both Cavill and Gadot’s contract negotiations, “If you do an apples to apples comparison, she was paid at least as much as he was.”