Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation

Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman earnings prove that Hollywood has a gender pay gap problem


It’s no secret that Hollywood, like much of the rest of the world, has a gender pay gap. Multiple stars have publicly called out the issue; plentiful (and depressing) research has been done on the subject. But when the biggest female star of one of the biggest films of the year is being out-earned by her male counterparts, that’s when you know the problem is serious.

Gadot signed up to appear in three Warner Bros. pictures – Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Wonder Woman and the upcoming Justice League – back in 2014. It was reported at the time that she would be paid around £235,000 ($300,000) to appear in each movie, a fee which The Daily Dot notes isn’t entirely out of the ordinary for superhero blockbusters, especially for a relatively unknown actor.

Chris Evans, for example, reportedly earned the same amount for Captain America: The First Avenger in 2011, with members of the Avengers ensemble cast being paid around £157,000 ($200,000) to appear in 2015’s Avengers: Age of Ultron.


Gal Gadot with Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins at the film's Mexico City premiere. Both women are now in a position to negotiate much higher pay cheques for the Wonder Woman sequel.

But when you take certain factors into account, Gadot’s fee starts to look a little miserly. Both Captain America and the Avengers films were part of the Marvel Studios universe, and Marvel is famously tight-fisted when it comes to shelling out big sums for actors (unless that actor happens to be Robert Downey Jr).

Read more: Did you spot Wonder Woman’s not-so-secret Disney connection?

Wonder Woman, in contrast, is a DC Comics character – and DC Films usually pays its male leads handsomely. Henry Cavill earned over £10million ($14m) for his role as Superman in 2013’s Man of Steel, while Christian Bale got paid more than £7m ($9m) for his first Batman film in 2005.


Gadot was five months pregnant while filming some scenes in Wonder Woman.

Patty Jenkins’ film has also proved Gadot’s commercial and critical star power, smashing box office records and earning rave reviews all around the world. Wonder Woman made over £451,000,000 ($573,500,000) at the international box office in just three weeks, a figure that far surpasses the international lifetime gross for Captain America. (It also means, rather incredibly, that Gadot’s salary makes up less than 0.01% of the film’s total earnings.) Jenkins now holds the title for the biggest US opening weekend by a female director, and her film currently has a 92% positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Read more: 25 life-giving photos of little girls dressed as Wonder Woman

In other words, Wonder Woman is nothing short of a phenomenon –  so you’d kind of hope that Gadot would be reimbursed as such. (Especially given as we recently learned she was five months pregnant while performing some of those stunts.)

But given that Gadot has now fulfilled all her contractual obligations to Warner Bros., and Jenkins was only ever contracted to direct one film, both women are now in a strong position to negotiate much higher salaries for the Wonder Woman sequel.

And yes – you’d better believe there’s going to be a sequel. Here’s everything we know about it so far

Images: Rex Features



Wonder Woman is inspiring some adorable responses from kindergartners


Gal Gadot explains why the new Wonder Woman is a feminist film

wonder woman (3).jpg

Wonder Woman’s Gal Gadot: “People were very upset about my boobs”


All the best A-list Instagrams from the week so far

From a star-studded dinner party to Serena Williams’ sweet mother-daughter snap

by Nicola Colyer
22 Sep 2017

Justin Trudeau reveals his surprising feminist inspiration

Bromance brewing?

by Susan Devaney
21 Sep 2017

Some people only just realised that Rihanna’s real name isn’t Rihanna

Erm, did we not all know this already?

by Kayleigh Dray
21 Sep 2017

This is how Salma Hayek is helping Mexico’s earthquake victims

And how you can too

by Moya Crockett
21 Sep 2017

Emma Stone's childhood drawing of her anxiety is so relatable

“I’m bigger than my anxiety”

by Susan Devaney
21 Sep 2017

Twitter was not impressed by Melania Trump’s anti-bullying UN speech

“If Melania Trump really wants to fight cyberbullying, she should just change Donald's WiFi password.”

by Moya Crockett
21 Sep 2017

8-year-old bug enthusiast defies bullies to co-author scientific paper

Sophia Spencer was mocked for her love of bugs – but she’s now a published expert

by Moya Crockett
20 Sep 2017

Shania Twain is touring the UK: here’s everything you need to know

2018 is shaping up nicely

by Amy Swales
20 Sep 2017

Why Avril Lavigne is the ‘most dangerous’ celebrity to search online

Think twice before clicking on that link.

by Moya Crockett
20 Sep 2017

Serena Williams writes an emotional open letter to her mother

“You are one of the strongest women I know”

by Susan Devaney
20 Sep 2017