Feminists keep pushing their biased gender pay gap agenda.
The problem with this theory is that it’s just simply not true. In fact, many factors play into wages and none of them are gender-based.
But thankfully, Wonder Woman just shut down this hysteria.
The feminist movement lost their collective minds when they learned that Gal Gadot was only paid $300,000 for her role as Wonder Woman versus Henry Cavill being paid a reported $14 million for Man of Steel – both were their first solo films.
Except that $14 million was not the base pay for Henry Cavill, it included profit percentage participation as well.
This happened recently when the female leads in American Hustle were paid exactly half as much as the male leads – $1.25 million to $2.5 million.
But if you actually factor in the amount of time that Jennifer Lawrence was on set versus her male co-stars, she actually made twice as much for her time than they did.
Everything is relative.
Vanity Fair reports:
“It was a jaw-dropping stat that swiftly went viral Tuesday morning: Gal Gadot, the magnetic star of the summer hit Wonder Woman, was paid just $300,000 for a movie that had already made $573 million worldwide.
Meanwhile, Henry’s Cavill had been paid $14 million—46 times as much!—for his own first outing as Superman in Man of Steel.
It would be perfectly indicative of the gender pay gap that lingers in Hollywood . . . if it were at all true.
As the Elle article that sent the stat viral said itself, Cavill’s $14 million earnings include bonuses for box-office performance, while Gadot’s $300,000, per a 2014 Variety report, is just the base salary for each movie she’s made thus far in the DC Universe.
Though the details of Cavill’s reported $14 million could not be verified, a source with knowledge of studio negotiations on franchise films told Vanity Fair, “It certainly isn’t for one picture. That’s insane.”
The same source said of Gadot’s salary, “Entry-level actors in franchise films are paid an initial rate. As a franchise takes off, they stand to make more money.”
So if she signed a deal similar to Cavill’s, the Wonder Woman bonus checks will soon be rolling in—and the sequels could be even more lucrative.
Says a source familiar with both Cavill and Gadot’s contract negotiations, “If you do an apples to apples comparison, she was paid at least as much as he was.”
See? Yet feminists were still up in arms over it and reaching for straws that weren’t there.
And her salary for her first solo film was almost exactly comparative to some of the biggest male stars of the Marvel universe.
Vanity Fair continued:
“Hollywood contracts are notoriously complicated things—salaries are often sweetened by box-office bonuses, bumps in pay for sequels, or even “points” on the total gross for megastars.
For superhero franchises just getting started, though, the process is usually simple: find a star on the rise, pay him or her relatively little, and then offer more if the franchise takes off. Marvel pioneered the effort with Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, and Chris Hemsworth, all of whom were reportedly paid less than $500,000 for their first solo superhero outings but eventually landed much bigger paydays for subsequent entries
(Downey Jr. famously made $50 million for The Avengers, and helped his co-stars negotiate higher salaries themselves.) Cavill, like Hemsworth and Evans and Gadot when their franchises started, was more of an unknown and likely to have signed the same lowball salary contract with a promise of future returns.
So while Gadot’s $300,000 is pretty small compared with the millions her movie has made, she hasn’t sold herself short; the actress hasn’t yet signed a deal for the now-inevitable Wonder Woman 2, and her agents are surely already working to net their 10 percent of her much-larger payday. (Director Patty Jenkins is also expected to negotiate for a higher payday, even though her contract doesn’t include an option for a sequel, which Gadot’s does.)
Given Wonder Woman’s popularity compared with the tepid returns for Batman’s and Superman’s latest outings, it’s not hard to imagine Gadot following in Robert Downey Jr.’s footsteps as the de facto leader of the franchise.
First woman to be paid $50 million for a superhero movie? We wouldn’t be surprised.”
This bogus wage gap hysteria is growing old. You want more money? Don’t compare, demand more money – it’s that simple.