Even Wonder Woman can't overcome the fight against the gender pay gap
Wonder Woman may have been pivotal in ending World War I, but there's still one fight she's yet to win: the gender pay gap.
Everyone's favourite sword-wielding Amazonian, Gal Gadot, earned around $US300,000 ($NZ415,000) for her role in DC's latest superhero blockbuster.
While that figure might seem impressive, it is rather tiny when one considers that Wonder Woman lassoed $US500 million at the worldwide box office (a record for a female-directed film).
Gadot's salary also pales in comparison to some of the pay cheques dished out on the sets of other superhero films in recent years.
Robert Downey Jr, for example, was reportedly paid around $US50 million for Captain America: Civil War when he wasn't even the title character. Henry Cavill, meanwhile, snapped up a cool $US14 million or so for Man of Steel.
While Cavill's slightly less impressive payout didn't come easy (he had to undergo a gruelling exercise regime in order to transform into Superman), it's not like Gadot didn't have to endure her own workout routine from hell. In fact, she spent weeks being trained in sword fighting, horseback riding and martial arts.
The Israeli actress's smaller pay cheque isn't without precedent. Chris Hemsworth earned around $US300,000 for the first Thor film, while Chris Evans was paid around $US400,000 for the first time he donned the Captain America suit back in 2011.
However, Evans later earned more than $US9 million for starring in Avengers: The Age of Ultron. Hemsworth picked up a couple of million for staring in the recent Avengers film.
So while there is a clear difference between the salaries of Gadot and the current crop of actors who play popular superheros, it is expected the success of Wonder Woman will see her negotiating power increase substantially when it comes to discussing her pay cheque for Wonder Woman 2.
It wouldn't be unusual, either, for Gadot to be paid more given Wonder Woman's immense popularity. A similar thing happened to Emma Watson earlier this year, when she reportedly earned an additional $US20 million thanks to Beauty and the Beast's success at the box office.
- The Age