'Wonder Woman' Actress Gal Gadot Was Paid Shockingly Little for Her Starring Role
Published Jun 20, 2017Wonder Woman has proven a huge success at the box office, raking in more than $400 million USD since opening last month, but the film's titular heroine isn't taking home quite such a hefty paycheque.
Gal Gadot, who plays the title character in the DC Universe flick, apparently only made $300,000 USD for the role.
As Variety reported back in 2014, the Israeli actress signed a three-film contract with Warner Bros. — for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Wonder Woman and the upcoming Justice League — earning $300,000 USD per picture.
And while a six-digit salary may not seem like chump change to the average Joe, it's worth comparing Gadot's paycheque to her male counterparts across the DC film universe.
Henry Cavill received $14 million USD for his role as Superman in Man of Steel in 2013, while Ben Affleck's paycheque in the upcoming Justice League film is rumoured to be $15 million USD. Will Smith's starring role in Suicide Squad, meanwhile, earned the actor a reported $20 million.
UPDATE (6/20, 1:30 p.m. EDT): As Vanity Fair points out, Cavill's $14 million USD sum includes additional bonuses based on box office performance. "It certainly isn't for one picture. That's insane," a source told the publication. They added, "Entry level actors in franchise films are paid an initial rate. As a franchise takes off, they stand to make more money."
Across the fictional universe at Marvel, however, Gadot's salary seems pretty on par with other first-time superhero stars. Chris Evans apparently also earned $300,000 USD for his role as Captain America in Captain America: The First Avenger back in 2011. That said, he's since taken home a $6.9 million USD paycheque for his role in 2015's Avengers: Age of Ultron. And, of course, Wonder Woman marks Gadot's second appearance as the character.
It's as of yet unclear if Warner will renegotiate Gadot's contract to give her bonuses and back pay considering the film's success. According to The Hollywood Reporter, studio execs were reportedly unsure on how well the film would do, which may explain why the pay was so low to begin with.