Reported differences in superhero star salaries prompt an outrage

Posted June 24, 2017

With the release of the highly-anticipated film starring Gal Gadot, everyone has caught Wonder Woman fever.

Duca later followed up her tweets by explaining the problem with the figures, but eventually deleted them entirely. The film has been distributed by Warner Bros. "Forbes' Nick DeSantis wrote that Cavill's "$14 million Man Of Steel paycheck (was) only $1 million short of Christian Bale's $15 million for The Dark Knight Rises". Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. If the film manages to overtake Kung Fu Panda 2's global take of $665.7 million, Wonder Woman will have become the highest grossing female directed film of all time (sans a male co-director) period. One source says of the figure: "It certainly isn't for one picture".

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The actress is said to have been paid $300,000, according to a 2014 report from Variety. And so having that kind of comic book-style recap of the myth of Wonder Woman - you just saw the story but this is the myth of who she is - it felt like a really great way to be like "now she's this and this is her backstory!" Hopefully that will change over time, but everyone keeps saying 'oh it's so different now, oh it's so different now.' It isn't.

United States website The Vulture claims that Cavill, who launched his Hollywood career as Superman, was paid a "six-figure sum", similar to Gal Gadot.

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The news of Gadot's pay has gotten many fans and feminists rallying with pitchforks but it seems like the story over her payment was simply exaggerated.

In addition, that $300,000 is the same salary given to Chris Evans for the first Captain America movie and more than what some of his Avengers teammates made in their first team-up. She'll also be in a better position, going forward, to negotiate for higher salaries and bonuses, though it's hard to believe she'll ever earn as much as guys like Robert Downey Jr. and Ben Affleck, even if she's just as deserving. Gal Gadot proved that she not only looks the part, but that she is capable of displaying an innocence that sets her apart from the latest versions of Superman and Batman and still kick some serious butt with style, grace and fantastic poses that look great in slow motion. The box office returns on the films have all been phenomenal, but Wonder Woman is on track to be the franchise's most successful film, as well as the most well-received, sitting at 92% on Rotten Tomatoes.

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Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman is a groundbreaking film in several respects - it is the first superhero film in more than a decade to have a female protagonist, and it is a $150 million project directed by a woman.