Gal Gadot — AKA Wonder Woman — is pretty much killing it. If you’ve been lucky enough to see the film, you know that the 31-year-old actress is one of the most inspiring ladybosses in recent history (P.S. — she was also pregnant with her second child during much of the filming.)
But while the movie’s been a huge hit largely because of Gadot’s kickass performance — and it even made history as the bestselling opening of all time for a woman-directed film, bringing in $100.5 million in domestic sales during its opening weekend — Gadot’s pay for the role just doesn’t seem to add up.
What did she make? For one of this year’s biggest films, Gadot was paid just $300,000. Back in 2014, she agreed to do three movies with Warner Bros.: “Batman v Superman,” “Wonder Woman,” and “Justice League” — all for this same rate, according to The Daily Dot.
Perhaps Gadot’s next task as Wonder Woman should be to crush the gender pay gap, which permeates all industries, including Hollywood. While Katy Perry recently celebrated the fact that she’s making more than male judges have made on “American Idol,” countless female celebs — among them Jennifer Lawrence and Robin Wright — have publicly discussed how the gender pay gap has plagued them.
How does Gadot’s salary compare to what male actors have made for superhero roles? Robert Downey Jr. reportedly earns $50 million for each “Iron Man Film” — which comes out to 166.66 times Gadot’s “Wonder Woman” salary. Of course, Gadot was not as well-known when she took on the role...but still, that gap seems unreasonably large.
The first step in shrinking the gap, though, is acknowledging and publicizing it — so at least we’re on the right track. And you can help bring transparency and attention to the gender pay gap by sharing your salary here.
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