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Here’s How Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman Salary Really Compares to Male Superhero Stars

Hollywood’s biggest superheroes have some pretty super salaries.

As moviegoers continue to flock to the theater to experience Wonder Woman, some fans are wondering just how much Gal Gadot received for her role.

Because the film has earned the title for most tweeted-about movie in 2017, it shouldn’t be a surprise that some of those messages are in regards to money. One tweet, however, grabbed the attention of more than just a few Hollywood followers.

According to Buzzfeed, one freelance journalist reported that Gal made $300,000 for Wonder Woman while Henry Cavill made a whopping $14 million for Man of Steel.

So what’s the truth? While nobody knows exact figures, a source shared with Buzzfeed that Gal was paid “at least” as much for her latest film as Henry’s Man of Steel gig.

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Wonder Woman

A separate source from Vanity Fair agreed and explained the…

Tom Holland Recalls His Awkward First Encounter With Robert Downey Jr.

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With Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures working together for the latest cinematic portrayal of Spider-Man, they made a major change to the character that filmgoers have yet to truly see.

Though Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield portrayed Peter Parker in high school in their respective series, the actors were both older; Garfield was 29 and Maguire was 26 when their first films were released.

But Spider-Man: Homecoming features newcomer Tom Holland in the role, who is still older than a typical high schooler at age 21 (Parker is a sophomore in the new film) but is younger than actors typically portraying the character. That youthful exuberance extends to the character’s presence in the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe as Spider-Man interacts with fellow superheroes for the first time in his cinematic career.

That mentality apparently goes beyond the silver screen, as evidenced by Holland’s story about his first embarrassing interaction with Robert Downey Jr., who portrays his onscreen mentor Tony Stark in the new film.

“I got very nervous about meeting Robert Downey Jr. as I have been a fan of his my entire life,” Holland said on the Graham Norton Show.

“When I met him I was thinking,…

This Is What Superheroes Would Look Like With Realistic Bodies

Harley Quinn from “Suicide Squad.”

What’s one thing almost every superhero has in common? A “perfect” body made up of toned muscles and zero fat.

Recovery.org, an organization that offers resources for people with mental health and/or substance abuse issues, is making those “perfect” bodies a little more realistic by “reverse photoshopping” illustrations of some of the most iconic superheroes. According to Recovery.org, “reverse photoshop” simply means reimagining what superheroes would look like “if their bodies matched the body of the average viewer” in the U.S.

The project features 10 illustrations of comic book superheroes such as Superman, Spiderman, Gamora, the Black Widow, Aquaman and the Black Panther. Each illustration includes a before and after of the character. The image on the left is what the superhero usually looks like: for male superheroes that means six-pack abs and massive biceps; and for women that means an illogically tiny waist, perfectly-feminine muscles and, of course, huge breasts. The image on the right looks similar to…

Is Wonder Woman The Best Superhero Origin Film Ever?

Wonder Woman might have already debuted in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but the character didn’t get a defined origin story until her solo outing.

The film is being praised for bringing the character to life for a new generation of fans, and rightfully so. As for its take on her origin, it is interesting to think about how it ranks against the superhero origins that have come before.

In the film, the curtain is peeled back on Diana’s history growing up on Themyscira. Her journey from young curious child to idealistic Amazon warrior makes up the first chunk of the film and goes a long way to defining the hero that fans see later in the film. It’s a relatable story about coming to terms with the outside world with ancient Gods and superheroes thrown in.

Director Patty Jenkins always wanted to go with an origin story, feeling it integral to the character. “I thought that it was very important. That’s how I had always wanted to do it and had pitched that talked about that many times and then we ended up in a wonderful moment where that was everybody’s ambition and everybody embraced a way of doing it which was wonderful.”

“I thought that it was very important. That’s how I had always wanted to do it and had pitched that talked about that many times and then we ended up in a wonderful moment where that was everybody’s ambition and everybody embraced a way of doing it which was wonderful.”

Jenkins feels stories like this serve a purpose, one to hopefully inspire.

“I would say these kind of movies are important, and they’re important if for nothing else to inspire us all to imagine that we could be better people and possibly strive to do that in our own lives, to be our own heroes. So I hope that she makes one feel like a hero for a moment, and I hope that that everytime something like that happens it makes someone able to make a more heroic choice in a moment that they can.”

Without further ado, hit the next slide to see how Wonder Woman stacks up with some of her superhero origin brethren.

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wonder woman age patty jenkins

Batman Begins

Christopher Nolan’s first entry in his celebrated Batman trilogy brought the well-known origin story of Bruce Wayne to the big screen. At this point, it’s old hat really, and Nolan’s take didn’t really bring anything new to how those events played out.

Nolan did bring some wonderful elements to Bruce’s origins as Batman though, including the involvement of Ra’s al Ghul in Batman’s early training. Ra’s didn’t just train Bruce in the realm of combat but rather challenged his mental state and beliefs. It was an intriguing look at the Dark Knights psyche and the emotion that he pushes down constantly, but that also fuels him eventually putting on the costume.

So, it better than Wonder Woman?

That would be a no, and mostly because the first half of his origin just drags too much. Once he’s older things pick up pace, but the early parts are just too boring and somber to keep raise it above Diana.

In the wake of his parents’ murder, disillusioned industrial heir Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) travels the world seeking the means to fight injustice and turn fear against those who prey on the fearful.

He returns to Gotham and unveils his alter-ego: Batman, a masked crusader who uses his strength, intellect and an array of high tech deceptions to fight the sinister forces that threaten the city.

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Superman The Movie

Superman is perhaps the most iconic of DC’s pantheon of heroes, but his film record has been a bit spotty. He seems to be at his best when inspiring, something Superman: The Movie seem to capture better…

Marvel Heroes Omega officially releases on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on June 30

Marvel super heroes like Thor and Iron Man have a new home on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Gazillion announced today that Marvel Heroes Omega will officially launch on Xbox One on June 30, the same day as the PlayStation 4 version leaves its open beta. An open beta isn’t too different from a final release for a free-to-play game like this, but it is a mark of approval from the studio that the experience is polished enough for an official release.

Marvel Heroes Omega is an action role-playing game starring super heroes like Captain America, Spider-Man, and the Guardians of the Galaxy. It first launched…

Let’s Talk About the Men of ‘Wonder Woman’

Steve Trevor is a fully realized character, who is as much an active participant in our heroine's journey as he is in the larger narrative.

[Warning: This story contains spoilers for Wonder Woman.]

I never knew how much I wanted to see Robin Wright do a backflip off of a horse only to springboard off a shield and fire arrows into three German soldiers. Then I saw it in Wonder Woman, and I immediately knew I wanted to see it again. In a similar vein, watching Steve Trevor’s (Chris Pine) onscreen journey, there was an instant realization that he is a new entry in the superhero genre.

The history of superhero girlfriends is a long and storied one, from Kirsten Dunst’s Mary Jane Watson and Emma Stone’s Gwen Stacey to Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster and Maggie Gyllenhaal’s Rachel Dawes. These women are professional MacGuffins — plot points more than people. Their presence, and often inevitable deaths, are used to move the narrative forward and to inspire the third-act change of heart in their respective superheroes. With Steve Trevor, we have a fully realized character, who is as much an active participant in our heroine’s journey as he is in the larger narrative.

Trevor gives Diana (Gal Gadot) the space to make her case, even though she is still figuring out her argument. He doesn’t scoff at the sincerity with which she repeatedly tells him she wants to “save man,” and even if he doesn’t believe her…

With $100 million, ‘Wonder Woman’ is the first female-fronted superhero blockbuster

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Gal Gadot stars as the title character in “Wonder Woman.”

The summer box office needed a hero after the worst Memorial Day weekend performance in 18 years. This weekend, she came in like a flood, in a way only a wondrous woman can.

Warner Bros.’ “Wonder Woman” grossed an estimated $100.5 million in the U.S and Canada in its debut weekend. It came in well above analyst projections of $80 million to $90 million and the studio’s more modest expectations of $65 million to $70 million, officially making the feature the first female-fronted superhero blockbuster.

Diana, princess of the Amazons, better known as Wonder Woman, has spent 75 years saving the world in DC comic books and TV shows. She has fought alongside Batman and Superman with her sword and Lasso of Truth. Still, her…

‘Wonder Woman’ Is a Milestone, But It Shouldn’t Be

Warner Bros. and director Patty Jenkins broke a superhero glass ceiling that should have been shattered long ago.

This weekend’s release of Wonder Woman represents multiple cinematic milestones. It’s the first female-led superhero film in more than a decade, and with Patty Jenkins at the helm, it’s the first to be directed by a woman. Wonder Woman is also the first female superhero to get her own movie in either of the two shared universes from rivals DC and Marvel. Jenkins is just the second female director to make a movie with a budget of more than $100 million, (Kathryn Bigelow, with K-19: The Widowmaker, was first) and she now holds the record for the largest opening of all time for a female director, with an estimated $100.5 million.

DC’s previous films have been subjected to a wide array of criticism, in spite of its defenders. But Wonder Woman, notably, has been greeted with generally positive reviews (and is generally very entertaining, to boot). Considering that those other DC films, such as Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, are largely male-dominated, it’s worth noting that DC broke the glass ceiling in its fourth film while Marvel hasn’t done so in 15 films. (If we add Christopher Nolan’s trilogy of Batman films, that makes seven for DC, but the gap remains.)

These are all milestones for DC and for Hollywood, but they shouldn’t be. It shouldn’t have taken until 2017 for a major studio to hand over the reins of a big-budget blockbuster to a female director as well as a female star, and DC deserves credit for beating Marvel to the punch.

For all its enjoyable films and characters, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is plagued by indecision around its female leads. By the spring of 2019, Marvel will release its first film led by a woman: Captain Marvel, with Oscar winner Brie Larson as the title character. Even so, the movie has two directors: Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck. Boden and Fleck are talented filmmakers, the team behind Half Nelson and Sugar, yet the optics of Marvel waiting so long to let a woman lead one…

What If Batman V Superman Had Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2’s Opening?

Superhero movie fans would be hard pressed to find to tonally and stylistically different films than DC Films’ Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. The former is self-serious, dark, and ominous, while the latter is equal parts bright colors, popular music, and jokes.

Have you ever wondered what might happen if someone combined the two? One fan did, and then provided an answer.

Chandler Balli (@CinematicEX on Twitter) imagined what Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice might be like if it borrowed the opening sequence from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. What you get is Ben Affleck’s Batman beating up thugs to the tune of Electric Light Orchestra’s “Mr. Blue Sky” accompanied by some stylish credits.

The end result really isn’t bad. Perhaps Zack Sndyer and James Gunn should find a project to collaborate on.

Take a look for yourself below:

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— Chandler Balli (@CinematicEX) May 14, 2017

In Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, It’s been nearly two years since Superman’s (Henry Cavill) colossal battle with Zod (Michael Shannon) devastated the city of Metropolis. The loss of life and collateral damage left many feeling angry and helpless, including crime-fighting billionaire…

Box Office: ‘King Arthur’ Bombs Royally With $5.3M Friday

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Warner Bros./Time Warner Inc. obviously knew this was coming. They’ve tossed around Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur: Legend of the Sword for well over a year, presumably trying to find a release date where it could do the least amount of damage. They knew what they should have known from the get-go, that a King Arthur origin story fronted by a generic non-movie star which (in the marketing) de-emphasized the fantastical elements and highlighted that “this wasn’t your father’s King Arthur” was absolutely doomed. It’s absolutely the kind of film that everyone complains about when they worry that mainstream feature films no longer matter in the popular culture. Just because audiences have heard of a property doesn’t mean they automatically want to see a movie version and/or see that property tossed into the “Hero’s Journey Prequel Origin” box.

So with all that said, absent positive reviews or much in the way of buzz, King Arthur earned just $5.3 million on its opening day, including $1.15m in Thursday previews. That points toward a $14.5m debut weekend, which is horrific for a $175m production that already bombed ($1.5m Friday) in China. There is no silver lining. Warner Bros. needs to stop doing these kinds of films. It didn’t work for Jack the Giant Slayer, it didn’t work for Pan, it almost worked for Legend of Tarzan (which sold itself as a sexually-charged “perils of…