Was Gal Gadot underpaid?

One thing is sure: With the global success of 'Wonder Woman,' it's clear the Israeli actress will be negotiating far fatter paychecks in the future.

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June 20, 2017 20:31
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Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman

Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. (photo credit: FACEBOOK)

There’s nothing the Internet loves more than outrage, and the latest scandal involves none other than our very own Gal Gadot.

The claim? The Israeli actress was woefully underpaid for her starring turn as Wonder Woman.

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The outcry began in an article in The Daily Dot on Monday that said Gadot earned $300,000 for each film she appeared in as the superhero: Batman vs Superman; Wonder Woman; and the upcoming Justice League.

The Daily Dot referenced a 2014 article in Variety, which cited none other than the Israeli TV show Good Evening with Guy Pines for the figures.

And the outrage began, with headlines calling her salary “shockingly low,” “startlingly low,” “surprisingly small” and “next to nothing.” The Romper website went with the take “How Much Was Gal Gadot Paid for Wonder Woman? Get Ready to be Mad.”

So should we be mad? Let’s look at things in perspective. First, as most of the news reports pointed out, lead actors and actresses usually get bonuses when their films pass box office milestones. And with Wonder Woman closing in on $600 million worldwide, Gadot is likely to make well above that $300,000.

Second, let’s compare that figure to Gadot’s male counterparts.

Henry Cavill, who played Superman in 2013’s Man of Steel, reportedly earned a whopping $14m. And for Avengers: Age of Ultron, Robert Downey Jr. reportedly raked in $40m.

But let’s not forget that those were proven stars with solid name recognition and experience.

When Gadot inked her deal back in 2014, she was almost completely unknown in Hollywood. At that time she’d only had a small role in the American franchise The Fast and the Furious and a couple of even smaller appearances in other films.

Hollywood can pay female stars the big bucks: For her role in X-Men: Apocalypse, Jennifer Lawrence was reportedly paid $8m. Now compare that to what she got for her first X-Men film in 2011: $250,000.

When Chris Evans was cast in Captain American: The First Avenger in 2011, he, too, reportedly received $300,000. Fast-forward to The Avengers: Age of Ultron, and he raked in close to $7m.

So was Gadot underpaid, or did Warner Bros. just get a good deal? One thing is sure: With the global success of Wonder Woman, the Israeli actress will be negotiating far fatter paychecks in the future.


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