Gal Gadot’s ‘Wonder Woman’ Salary Wasn’t 46 Times Less Than Superman’s Salary
Despite a viral tweet to the contrary, it turns out that Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot is not making 46 times less money than DC’s Superman Henry Cavill.
The issue came to the forefront thanks to an Elle article, which claimed that Gadot made $300,000 for Wonder Woman, while Cavil made $14 million for his portrayal of the Man of Steel in 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Teen Vogue writer Lauren Duca then cited the figures in a tweet, along with the quip “The most compelling DC villain is the pay gap.”
Duca’s missive — since deleted — went viral with nearly 15,000 retweets and 30,000 likes.
Many fans and critics began citing the numbers as another example of Hollywood vastly undervaluing female performers. However, a closer inspection of Gadot’s pay by numerous sources indicates that the gap in this case is being greatly exaggerated.
According to Vanity Fair:
…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.”
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.