Tuesday's Twitter cycle started with a fury over another purported pay discrepancy in Hollywood, with sites like Elle claiming "Gal Gadot reportedly earned $300,000 for Wonder Woman, while Henry Cavill, as Superman, earned $14 million for Man of Steel."
But USA TODAY has learned those figures are likely far off.
"First time actors and actresses in any franchise are accorded lower initial salaries that are then escalated based on the franchise’s success," a person familiar with the situation but not authorized to speak publicly about it tells USA TODAY. The source affirms that Gadot "made at least as much" as Cavill did on 2013's Man of Steel on her initial Wonder Woman picture.
It's possible Cavill may have earned an aggregate of $14 million over the course of his work for the DC Extended Universe (including Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and the upcoming Justice League films). And in 2014, Variety cited an Israeli TV source reporting Gadot was set to make $300,000 a film.
But even if those figures are real (which is hard to prove, agents and studios rarely reveal exact salaries in Hollywood), actresses and actors often have their salaries renegotiated as their stars rise (and their tentpole films rake in hundreds of millions), with perks like backend participation sweetening the pot.
The bottom line? Gadot, who next appears as Diana Prince in this fall's Justice League (out Nov. 17), is likely to see a major payday as she continues to flex as Wonder Woman. Meanwhile, director Patty Jenkins is currently negotiating her salary for Wonder Woman 2.
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