Gal Gadot, who plays Wonder Woman, was reportedly paid less than Henry Cavill, who plays Superman in the DC Universe.
More than 14,000 people retweeted a tweet that compared the two workers’ salaries.
Gal received $300,000 (£237,500), while Superman actor Henry Cavill reportedly made $14 million (£11 million) in earnings.
But given the popularity of her stand-alone movie, Gadot may be eligible for a sizable bonus.
According to “Good Evening with Gai Pines,” an Israeli entertainment program, in 2014, Gadot was expected to make $300,000 every DC Extended Universe (DCEU) movie. She had committed to three projects: “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” (2016), “Wonder Woman,” which is currently the highest-grossing movie, and the forthcoming “Justice League”
Although the exact sum has not yet been disclosed, a source informed TMZ that Gadot, who stars in the superhero adventure opposite Chris Pine and Robin Wright, would be paid many times her normal salary.
From the source: “Entry-level actors in franchise films are paid an initial rate. As a franchise takes off, they stand to make more money.”
Vanity Fair also reported that Cavill’s 46-time-higher salary included his box office bonus, which has yet to be applied to Gadot’s take-home pay. It claimed the Superman’s star’s base pay at most on par with his fellow Justice Leaguer.
A source for Vanity Fair disputes that the number can be accurate at all.
“It certainly isn’t for one picture. That’s insane,” they said.
If you do an apples-to-apples comparison, she was paid at least as much as he was, according to a separate source who claimed to be knowledgeable of the contract discussions for both DC actors.
Additionally, since Gadot has been such a success on the big screen, it has been rumored that the actress plans to engage into a “substantial renegotiation” of her contract with producers for any forthcoming sequels.
Taking a broader look into superhero compensation, it seems that every rookie franchise actor starts out with a basic income.
Additionally, Chris Evans earned around $300,000 for the first Captain America film, according to Vulture.
The final revenue figure is still unavailable since “Wonder Woman” is still playing in theaters. Contrarily, “Man of Steel” brought in US$668 million (AU$878.4 million) in box office revenue. It’s hardly likely that Diana Prince may soon make as much as Clark Kent did, if not more. But the way reviewers have received the two movies has been a glaring contrast. The Amazonian goddess was hailed as the finest picture in the DCEU, while the Superman movie was criticized for being mostly lackluster.
Evans later saw his compensation at Marvel Cinematic Universe rise to millions. He earned US$2-4 million for the second “Avengers” movie after bonuses, according to a chart published on Cinema Blend. His co-stars also made at least $2 million. Downey Jr. continued to earn the most with US$50 million.
It is thought Gadot’s base salary applies to her first three DCEU movies (Batman v Superman, Wonder Woman, Justice League, so totalling $900k), and that she, like Cavill, will receive bonuses. She will also be able to command a significantly higher fee for Wonder Woman 2.
The former soldier and Miss Israel still believes she was ‘born’ to play the role of the iconic female warrior because she can be an example of a ‘true woman’ for young girls.
Speaking previously about the casting, Gadot – who has daughters Alma, five, and three-month-old Maya with her husband Yaron Versano – said: ‘I feel I was born to play Wonder Woman. Boys have always had a figure to look up to, whether it’s Superman, Batman or Spider-Man. For girls it was always the princess being saved.
‘Now we have Wonder Woman – she’s fearless, proactive, she believes in herself and she believes she can do everything. That’s a true woman for me.’