[Ed. – It’s fascinating that the Left continues to work feverishly to put an end to the invidious ‘gender pay gap’ despite abundant evidence that it never existed to begin with.]
A viral meme claiming that Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot earned a meager fraction of Man of Steel star Henry Cavill’s salary is based on unreliable attribution and a misunderstanding of how Hollywood actors structure their contracts.
The accusation that Gadot was stiffed originally started Monday from a Daily Dot article headlined “Gal Gadot’s ‘Wonder Woman’ paycheck was surprisingly small.” The Daily Dot noted that Gadot has publicly said that she earned $300,000 for her role in Wonder Woman.
“This situation carries a whiff of Hollywood’s gender pay gap,” the news website argued. “Why? Because according to Forbes, Henry Cavill earned a sweet $14 million for Man of Steel, including box office bonuses.”
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That factoid took on a life of its own when it was tweeted out by Teen Vogue‘s Lauren Duca.
Gal Gadot made $300,000 for Wonder Woman as compared to Henry Cavill’s $14M for Man of Steel. The most compelling DC villain is the pay gap.
— Lauren Duca (@laurenduca) June 20, 2017
Most of those publications cited Forbes, or the Daily Dot piece that in turned cited Forbes. But that March 2016 Forbes article never actually cited a source for the claim that Cavill made a whopping $14 million for Man of Steel.