Words by Jadie Troy-Pryde
It’s no secret that there’s a gender imbalance in Hollywood, and over the last few months A-list actresses have been using their platforms to discuss blatant sexism in Tinseltown.
Jessica Chastain has talked about the time she lost out on a huge Hollywood role because she wanted pay parity with her male co-star (and was also told by a director she talked about ‘too much women stuff’); Elisabeth Moss’ ideas were slammed by execs for being ‘too female’ by sexist execs; Emmy Rossum was told to meet a director in a bikini if she wanted the role.
Equal rights campaigner Emma Watson even came forward with her own ideas about to why men are dubious about leading ladies in films. So the fact that Patty Jenkins smashed records left, right and centre with her directorial offering of Wonder Woman should be a bit of a victory for women in film, right?
Well – not exactly. Because it has been revealed that Gal Gadot, the actress behind the iconic superhero, earned comparatively less than male DC Comics characters.
Back in 2014, Gadot signed up for three Warner Bros. pictures – Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Wonder Woman and Justice League. At the time, she was reportedly earning around £235,000 ($300,000) per movie.
And when you compare it to relatively unknown actors branching into their make-or-break films, it doesn’t seem out of the ordinary. Chris Evans was reportedly paid the same for Marvel’s Captain America: The First Avenger in 2011.
But that’s Marvel – and they’re reportedly frugal when it comes to their actors’ salaries.
Wonder Woman, on the other hand, is a product of DC Comics, and the film franchises have shelled out for their male leads. Henry Cavill raked in over £10 million to play Superman in Man of Steel, and Christian Bale got a cool £7 million for his first stint as Batman in 2005.
Side by side, it doesn’t really compare, does it?
The huge success of Wonder Woman will work in Gadot’s favour though when it comes to negotiating for the sequel…