We live in a much different world than we used to. Back when a lot of us were growing up, star power was everything. You weren’t just going to a movie, you were going to a Mel Gibson movie, an Arnold Schwarzenegger movie, or a Sylvester Stallone movie. Films were often described not by the stories they told or the franchise they were a part of, but by who was headlining the film. With franchises and comic book properties now carrying most of the marketing weight, studios are able to get away with paying their actors a lot less — at least when starting out.
Such is the case with actress Gal Gadot, who is best known right now for setting the world on fire as Diana in Wonder Woman. The film has so far broken $570 million worldwide at the box office, and now it’s fitting to wonder just how much cash Gadot was able to stash from her part in making the flick.
The number is actually no secret, and was revealed years ago back when the ink was still drying on Gadot’s deal with Warner Bros. According to a 2014 report from Variety, Gadot was set to make $300,000 per movie starting with Batman v Superman, continuing with Wonder Woman, and ending with Justice League. Granted, this doesn’t account for any royalty deals, or extra dollars if the studio hits certain milestones, but it’s a good indication of the baseline (and yes, we’re also well aware that $300,000 is far more than any of us could ever dream to work on a project).
As stated above, this isn’t unheard. A lot of the main heroes from Marvel Studios, including Chris Evans, earned that much starting out as well — though the deals they have in place are undoubtedly a lot more generous now that that universe has expanded. The Daily Dot has gone on to state this as a result of a gender pay gap, pointing to Henry Cavill getting $14 million for his work on Man of Steel. While we can’t rule that out, that deal was made long before Warner Bros. shifted their philosophy to the DC Extended Universe, so there’s no doubt that could also have been a contributing factor.
Rest assured, with Wonder Woman 2 now an inevitability, Gadot will be able to pretty much name her figure to continue her portayal of the Amazon of Themyscira.