Some minor outrage was caused when Gal Gadot was reportedly paid US$300,000 for her role as Wonder Woman. Apparently, Superman actor Henry Cavill made US$14 million, 46 times as much as Gadot, causing some angry fan reactions. However, this ended up being false, since Cavill’s pay was similar to Gadot’s, but with additional box office revenue.
This means Gadot can still make the US$14 million that Cavill reportedly had, showing that the outrage is/was necessary. Hollywood has had a bad history for not equally paying men and women, but that doesn’t apply here. Simply put, it’s the standard business model for newer actors, since they aren’t established names yet, so people shouldn’t overreact.
It’s Time To Pay
Vanity Fair stated that Henry Cavill’s whopping US$14 million did not come from one movie, since “that would be insane.” Cavill was barely a name when he got the part, just like Gal Gadot and some of the Marvel actors. That’s just business, not sexism, so fans have to calm down and only get angry when actual sexist acts happen.
Screen Rant confirmed that a number of the Marvel actors were paid less than US$500,000 when they started. This included Iron Man himself Robert Downey Jr, Chris Hemsworth and Chris Evans, to name a few. Downey Jr would eventually help the actors get raises by the time the first Avengers film was being shot.
The Gender Pay Gap
Now, this report isn’t dismissing the fact that the gender pay gap exists, especially since it’s been brought up repeatedly. It’s merely stating that the Gal Gadot case isn’t an example of that sad case, which seriously needs to stop. Gadot’s future should be bright after the Wonder Woman movie, and it could shine even brighter after Justice League.
However, we can’t just say that the gender pay gap is dead, since these issues are still happening now. In 2015, Forbes noted how Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Adams were paid less than their male co-stars for American Hustle. Even veteran actresses like Diane Keaton and Meryl Streep have been affected by this, despite being big name talents.
Just to be clear, Wonder Woman was a great film that did well critically and financially, so Gal Gadot should be paid well. Now, if reports surface of her getting less box office revenue than Henry Cavill or Ben Affleck, that will be sexist. Until then however, this is just a case of newer talent having to earn their money.