Yesterday, social media went into a frenzy when it was revealed that Gal Gadot's salary in Wonder Woman was allegedly lower than the take-home pay of her male superhero contemporaries during their movie debuts.
Lauren Duca, a columnist at Teen Vogue, was the one who broke the news, posting this (now deleted) tweet:
The tweet quickly went viral, and, of course, fans (and feminists) were furious. Issues about gender equality and the gender pay gap surfaced. Netizens were rightfully disappointed with the news.
However, hours after posting the tweet, many called out Duca, saying that the data she tweeted was dubious. Apparently, the supposed $14 million salary of Henry Cavill wasn't his paycheck for doing the Man of Steel.
Duca immediately deleted the prior tweet and posted a clarification:
But this isn't really an issue of sexism. Deadline.com's Mike Fleming Jr even explains that actors' talent fees usually hover around the six-figure scale for their debut superhero film. He writes: "Whether it was Robert Downey Jr. in Iron Man or Chris Evans in Captain America, many actors make six-figure salaries for the first superhero film, and salaries escalate from there." Superhero films, both from Marvel and DC, make millions in profit worldwide. But how much did recent superhero leads make from starring in their respective blockbusters?
Check out our infographic below: