The gender pay gap is alive and well in Hollywood. Reports have surfaced today that Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot was paid $300,000 for playing the Amazonian princess — a sum that seems shockingly low, considering the film has grossed over $500 million dollars in the three weeks since it came out. But there are other things to factor in.
According to The Daily Dot, Gadot’s original contract for playing Diana Prince was $300,000 per appearance in Batman V Superman, Wonder Woman, and the upcoming Justice League movie — totaling $900,000 for all three movies. While this is fairly standard for Hollywood newcomers, many people have pointed out that the number seems low for the star of such a huge blockbuster.
But that number doesn’t necessarily tell the whole story. With “options” (the bonuses and buy-ins on merchandise income), she still stands to make millions off of this year’s blockbuster. And there are reports that the studio is already working on securing a sequel, which means it’s possible that Gadot will be able to renegotiate her contract in the future.
With fans pointing out that the star even filmed action sequence reshoots while five months pregnant, it’s clear that Gadot has worked just as hard as her male counterparts in superhero movies. With the success of the standalone Wonder Woman movie (both for the character and DC’s previously not-well-loved cinematic universe), Gadot’s next contract will hopefully reflect the quality that she brings to her character and the screen.
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(h/t Refinery29; photos via Frazer Harrison/Getty)