The topic of income disparity among actors and actresses in Hollywood has been widely discussed in recent years, especially with actresses like Emma Watson and Jennifer Lawrence championing for pay equality for men and women.
This morning, the topic took centrestage again when Gal Gadot’s salary for Wonder Woman was revealed – US$300,000 ($416,000) for her role in the movie.
According to Forbes, Henry Cavill who plays Superman in the same DC franchise earned US$14 million ($19.4 million) for his role in Man of Steel.
When you do the math, that means Gal made slightly more than 2% of what Henry received – even though they both played superheros headlining their own movies.
Perhaps you can argue that Henry has more experience as an actor, but the disparity is crazy.
Of course, that’s not to say Gal is the lowest paid superhero actor. Chris Evans was reportedly paid the same amount for the first Captain America movie. His salary has since increased to US$5.4 million ($7.4 million) for Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Gal’s contract reportedly stipulates that she would be paid US$300,000 for each movie – Batman V. Superman, Wonder Woman and Justice League – so we’re hoping that seeing how well Wonder Woman has done at the box office (US$571.8 million ($792.7 million) worldwide), the actress will now be in a position to demand more money for the upcoming Justice League. Or they could just give her a big fat bonus (Christian Bale reportedly got a US$20 million bonus for his role as Batman!).
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