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There's a Reason Gal Gadot Only Got Paid $300000 for 'Wonder Woman'

There's one ongoing battle we can't blame on Ares: the gender pay gap!

Well, that's what happened to the ELLE UK team this morning when we read that Gal Gadot - a.k.a the badass Israeli actress whose film Wonder Woman lassoed over £100 million in its first weekend - reportedly earned just £236,000 for her role as the DC Universe character. Not only is Henry Cavill's Man of Steel quoted sum questionable, but it turns out, Gadot's measly paycheck-at least compared to Wonder Woman's quarter billion dollar global box office haul-is well within industry standards.

Henry Cavill, who played Superman in 2013's "Man of Steel", reportedly earned a whopping $14 million.

Unless Cavill earned his entire net worth on one movie (unlikely considering his 15 years in major films), the simplest explanation is that a clickbait site made an error that found its way into Forbes, which was then repeated by other mainstream outlets.

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In the grand scheme of superhero franchises, Gadot's reported payday seems to be more of the rule rather than the exception. Fans are curious to learn whether the actress will get a bump in salary now that she has shown she cannot only carry a superhero movie on her own but truly shine in the spotlight.

Wonder Woman is making a killing at the worldwide box office, having just cleared the $500 million mark. Her deal mean she would appear in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justicce, the solo Wonder Woman movie, and Justice League and earn $300,000 for each film.

Although a Wonder Woman sequel or director Patty Jenkins involvement has yet to be confirmed, Johns said that he is already working with the director on a story. While more information is clearly needed for some people to form a complete opinion about the actress' contract, there are plenty of others who see that $300,000 pay day as being another example of Hollywood not treating its female stars with equality.

Even more mind-boggling, according to the Telegraph, he may start getting paid upwards of $200 million for future Avengers movies.

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This week, accusations surfaced that Warner Bros. wasn't paying Gal Gadot as much as her male superhero-movie counterparts.

When the inevitable Wonder Woman sequel is announced, it seems Gadot can count on a big raise.

Representatives for Gadot and Cavill did not immediately respond to CNN's request for comment. The Daily Dot noted that Gadot has publicly said that she earned $300,000 for her role in Wonder Woman.

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