After only earning $300,000 for her first three DCEU films, Gal Gadot scored a paycheck that’s 33x higher than that for Wonder Woman 1984.
Gal Gadot received quite the pay increase for Wonder Woman 1984, scoring a paycheck that’s 33x what she earned for the first film. When Gadot was first cast as Diana Prince, aka Wonder Woman, for the DCEU, her biggest role had been Giselle Yashar in the Fast & Furious franchise. Scoring the Wonder Woman part officially made her a global superstar, and now she has a slew of high-profile projects on the way, such as Death on the Nile, Netflix’s Red Notice, and the recently-announced Cleopatra film with Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins.
Gadot has so far appeared in three DCEU films, starting with 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Her fourth, Wonder Woman 1984, is currently scheduled for release on Christmas Day this year after being pushed multiple times, though many anticipate yet another delay. Despite its lengthy road to release, Wonder Woman 1984 is one of the most anticipated blockbusters, largely because 2017’s Wonder Woman was so well-received by audiences and critics. The sequel is expected to find Diana years after her first solo adventure as she confronts new threats and the reappearance of her lost love Steve Trevor (Chris Pine).
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According to Vanity Fair, Gadot has reached a new level of stardom with her Wonder Woman 1984 paycheck. This time around, Gadot earned $10 million. For comparison, she only made $300,000 for her first three DCEU films. While $10 million is certainly an impressive total, it’s noted that it is still much less than what male performers earn for other blockbusters. For example, Robert Downey Jr. earned $50 million for the first Avengers alone.
Chris Pine as Steve Trevor and Gal Gadot as Diana Prince in Wonder Woman 1984
Gadot’s pay increase shows just how vital she is to the DCEU. At the time of its release, the first Wonder Woman was the best-reviewed movie in the franchise and earned over $821.8 million worldwide. It makes sense that the star would earn a great deal more money for her second solo adventure, particularly because it’s poised to make a lot for Warner Bros.
Of course, that also depends on exactly when it will come out. Right now, while there are movie theaters open, the films that have been released in the past few weeks haven’t exactly scored major sums. Warner Bros. hoped that things would be back to relatively normal by December when they moved Wonder Woman 1984 there, but it’s looking less and less likely. As a result, WB might be better off pushing it to 2021 where it can get its best chance of success. Jenkins has repeatedly shown her support for the theatrical experience, so don’t expect Wonder Woman 1984 to hit streaming anytime soon. After how much the studio paid for its star, it needs to get a proper run in theaters to be a win.