Gal Gadot's small paycheck for 'Wonder Woman' isn't all that uncommon – New York Daily News

Tom MarkLast Update : Tuesday 20 June 2017 - 8:03 PM
Gal Gadot's small paycheck for 'Wonder Woman' isn't all that uncommon – New York Daily News

Gal Gadot’s “Wonder Woman” salary wasn’t all that low for a new actress just finding her big break.

The entertainment world blew up Tuesday after the Daily Dot reported that the leading lady’s salary for the record-breaking summer blockbuster was just $300,000, but the salary is not that rare for an unknown actor being cast in the role of a famed superhero.

The only superheroes who end up receiving the major payouts have already established their careers in other films.

The former model reached the agreement with DC Comics by signing on for a three-film deal for “Batman v Superman,” “Wonder Woman” and the upcoming “Justice League” movie at just $300,000 apiece.

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While many social media users are chalking up the less than $1 million paycheck to the unfair gender pay gap in Hollywood, but it may not necessarily be the case — Chris Evans only raked in $300,000 for his role in the first “Captain America” in 2011.

As part of a similar multi-picture deal that was similar to Gadot’s, Evans later made around $7 million for his role in “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” which was his third film in the series.

Chris Hemsworth also made roughly the same for his first try as “Thor” — reportedly raking in just $200,000 for his first major leading role in 2011.

Gadot, 32, could land herself a much better deal in a “Wonder Woman” sequel just as Evans found for himself as he rode the wave of the franchise’s success (which grossed even less than “Wonder Woman” thus far).

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“Wonder Woman 2” is reportedly already in the works, Variety reports, and director Patty Jenkins is also supposed to advocate for a bigger pay day if she signs on for a second flick, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Robert Downey Jr. — who was recently named the world’s highest paid actor — was already considerably further along in his career when he landed the role of Iron Man in 2008 and he even he received just $500,000 to play the superhero.

By the time the second film came around, in 2010, Downey Jr. jumped to pocketing a more substantial $10 million, according to Movie Pilot.com.

After reports circulated that Henry Cavill reportedly made $14 million in his first role as Superman, Vanity Fair disputed the claim noting that a source familiar with studio negations said, “It certainly isn’t for one picture. That’s insane.”

Cavill was also relatively unknown at the time he landed the 2016 role, only having appeared in the TV series “The Tudors.”

Vulture reported that his salary was actually much lower for “Man of Steel,” also in the six-figures, but his co-star Amy Adams had surpassed the $1 million mark to play his sidekick Lois Lane after having already starred in nearly a dozen flicks.

There are a few other actors, however, whose jobs playing a superhero on the big screen did fatten their pockets.

Chrisian Bale in “Batman Begins" and Henry Cavill as Superman in "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.”

Chrisian Bale in “Batman Begins” and Henry Cavill as Superman in “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.”

(Clay Enos/ DC Comics)

Halle Berry, who starred in “Catwoman” in 2004, received a whopping $14 million for portraying the female superhero, but the actress had already starred in the film “Monster’s Ball,” for which she received the Academy Award for Best Actress.

Christian Bale reportedly made $10 million for his first role as The Dark Knight, but he was already established in his career having already starred in “Batman Begins” and numerous other films.

Ben Affleck was granted a major sum to portray Batman and already had a long established relationship with the studio having just directed the Oscar-winner “Argo” for Warner Bros., but the exact amount hasn’t been released.

“Wonder Woman,” directed by Patty Jenkins, brought in around $100 million during its opening weekend and has since grossed a total of $575 million worldwide. Production on “Wonder Woman” totaled about $150 million.

It is unclear if Gadot will receive a bonus since the film broke box office records.

The actress’ rep did not immediately respond to a Daily News request for comment.

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