* Editor’s note: we’ve changed the headline of this article to reflect the low-ball nature of Gadot’s salary across the industry, rather than directly to Henry Cavill. The $14M salary for Cavill is in dispute.
Henry Cavill, by no definition a star, collected $14 Million for his efforts on Man of Steel. Honestly, is he even a star now that he’s played the part? No matter. His salary will likely increase whenever Superman comes back to life (spoiler alert?).
The reason that Gadot’s salary seems shockingly low, and it is by any measure shockingly low, is because of her contract with DC, which pays her $300,000 per movie. Which means if she’s in 30 minutes of Batman V Superman or every shot of Wonder Woman, she’s still earning 300K.
What’s particularly galling about the salary number for Wonder Woman is that a sizable portion of a superhero movie’s budget is accounted for by massively inflated salaries. That’s where a lot of that loot goes. For comparison, the lowest paid star of Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, Mark Ruffalo, was paid $2.6 Million. ScarJo, meanwhile was paid $20M to play Black Widow, and RD, Jr. was paid an incredible $40 Million to play Iron Man.
There’s an argument to be made that a first WW film is a risk. that Gadot hadn’t proven herself to be leading material, and that, yes $150M is a lot, but when a film is this CG and VFX heavy, there’s not a penny to spare. Those arguments are, of course, true and bullshit.
Patty Jenkins and DC made Wonder Woman on a production budget of $149 Million. It seems awfully hard to imagine that Gadot’s salary needed to be quite so paltry.
Regardless, Gadot’s contract was for three pictures, which means it will be expiring after Justice League comes out this November. With the critical and box office success of Wonder Woman, we can all hope that Gadot gets her due from the DCU.