Sharknado Star Paid More Than Wonder Woman’s Gal Gadot
Sharknado 5: Global Swarming star Ian Ziering is receiving a more substantial paycheck for the film than Gal Gadot’s base pay for Wonder Woman. The Asylum and SYFY’s Sharknado took the world by storm when it debuted on television in 2013. The made-for-TV movie was a viral sensation, inspiring more than 5,000 tweets a minute during its premiere airing, and Sharknado even received a one-night theatrical run. The Asylum has since churned out four sequels, with the latest hitting TV screens across the nation this Sunday. Sharknado 5 will see the film series’ protagonist, the aptly named Fin Shepard (Ziering), battling shark-infested tornados all around the world.
The writing and directing team of Thunder Levin and Anthony C. Ferrante return for the fifth installment in The Asylum’s Sharknado franchise, which has become somewhat of a pop culture staple over the last four years. The concept has even branched out into other realms, with a tie-in video game, novel, and mockumentary all being released, as well as a crossover with Archie Comics – not to mention the Sharknado franchise’s crossovers with fellow SYFY fare, Z Nation and Lavalantula. While Sharknado and its sequels are obviously successful for SYFY, the film series’ star’s paycheck may still surprise some – especially when compared to that of the star of this summer’s biggest movie.
According to a report from THR, Ziering is earning $500,000 for his turn as Fin in Sharknado 5, which Vox compared to the base pay of Gadot in this summer’s smash hit, Wonder Woman. Earlier this year, Gadot’s paycheck for Wonder Woman made headlines because her $300,000 base pay for the film was compared to the $14 million Henry Cavill earned for previous DCEU entry Man of Steel – though it has since been established the Superman actor’s paycheck was almost certainly bolstered by bonuses from the film’s box office and its followup, Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Similarly, the $300,000 Gadot earned for Wonder Woman was part of a larger deal the actress struck with Warner Bros. when she joined the DCEU as Diana Prince. She earned a base pay of $300,000 per picture for her first three appearances – Batman V Superman, Wonder Woman, and the still upcoming Justice League – but that doesn’t account for her own bonuses based on box office. (Wonder Woman far exceeded projections and has so far earned $791 million at the worldwide box office.) Additionally, the base pay Gadot received is comparable to that of Marvel Cinematic Universe actors Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, and Chris Hemsworth, who all received less than $500,000 as the base for their respective first entries in the superhero universe.
In terms of why Ziering’s Sharknado 5 paycheck is so high, it’s difficult to know for sure. Certainly, it’s his fifth installment in The Asylum’s most well-known franchise, and his character Fin – along with his trusty shark-killing chainsaw – is the face of the series. Additionally, it seems unlikely Ziering would receive any bonuses based on box office returns since the film isn’t expected to screen in theaters. Plus, while we know the box office earnings of Wonder Woman, and can compare it to the film’s reported budget, it’s unclear exactly how profitable the Sharknado films are for The Asylum.
So, the $500,000 Ziering is receiving may be all he’s paid for Sharknado 5. Comparatively, Gadot’s $300,000 is only the start of what she earned on Wonder Woman. It’s difficult to compare the two since their roles are so different, and Sharknado 5 is an entirely different beast than a theatrically released DCEU entry. Still, it’s interesting to take a peek behind the curtain of Hollywood – especially with the ongoing to discussion of the pay gap in Hollywood.
Smallfoot Posters Provide First Look at Animated Feature
Warner Animation Group has released the first posters for their animated film Smallfoot, featuring the voices of Channing Tatum, James Corden, Zendaya, Common, LeBron James, Gina Rodriguez, Danny DeVito, Yara Shahidi, Ely Henry and Jimmy Tatro. Check out the Smallfoot posters in the gallery below!
Smallfoot is the story of a sasquatch who believes in that humans exist, though the rest of her people don’t believe in them at all.
The film will be directed by Karey Kirkpatrick (Over the Hedge, Imagine That) and is written by Kirkpatrick and Sergio Pablos (Rio).
Smallfoot will hit theaters on September 14, 2018.
Doctor Strange is getting his own team of heroes in the new comic book series, Doctor Strange: Damnation, which will pit the Master of the Mystic Arts against Mephisto. The series will send Strange to Las Vegas to address the fallout from Secret Empire.
With the launch of Marvel Legacy, Strange’s solo series received a new creative team and was renumbered as Doctor Strange #381. The issue serves as the beginning of a new era for Strange, as the character lost the mantle of Sorcerer Supreme, the Eye of Agamotto, and his home, the Sanctum Sanctorum, to Loki.
Marvel has announced Doctor Strange: Damnation, a five-part miniseries written by Donny Cotes and Nick Spencer, the architect of Secret Empire. The series will send Doctor Strange to Las Vegas to rebuild the city after it was badly damaged in Hydra’s attack in Secret Empire. Strange’s efforts will be opposed by one of the most powerful villains in the Marvel Universe: Mephisto. To fight Mephisto, Strange will assemble a new team of heroes consisting of Iron Fist, Moon Knight, Ghost Rider, and Blade.
Marvel has released the solicitation for the first issue of Damnation:
DOCTOR STRANGE: DAMNATION #1 (OF 5)
DONNY CATES & Nick Spencer (W) • ROD REIS (A/C)
Variant Cover by RON LIM
Variant Cover by TBA
CONNECTING VARIANT COVER by GREG SMALLWOOD
Trading Card Variant Cover by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER
The city of sin gets its biggest sinner yet. When Doctor Strange raises Las Vegas up from its destruction during SECRET EMPIRE, he inadvertently opens a big door for the embodiment of evil, MEPHISTO! The devilish villain takes the city for himself and sets his sights on the rest of the world. It’s going to take heroes from all over the Marvel Universe to defeat him, but there’s nothing simple about fighting the lord of Hell.
The cover for the first issue shows Strange working with Iron Fist, Ghost Rider, Moon Knight and Blade, but according to Nick Spencer, Strange’s call for help “goes out to a wide cast of heroes who either wield magic themselves or have been touched by it.” That suggests that Damnation could feature other supernatural and mystical heroes from the Marvel Universe, such as Black Knight, Brother Voodoo, Elsa Bloodstone, Satana, and Damian Hellstrom.
Donny Cotes compares the scale of the story to the 2006 cosmic Annihilation, referring to it as “Magic Annihilation”. Cotes says the series focuses on one corner of the Marvel Universe but “still has vast consequences and very high stakes.”
Doctor Strange: Damnation goes on sale in February 2018.
Watch the Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD Season 5 Trailer!
Watch the Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD season 5 trailer
After a brief promo and a clip from the new season, ABC and Marvel Entertainment have finally released the Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD Season 5 trailer, which you can check out in the player below! Season 5 of the series will kick-off with a special two-hour premiere starting at 8 PM EST on Friday, December 1. Following that the series will return to its regular time slot on Friday, December 8 at 9 PM.
Last season, Agent Coulson and the team saved the world with the help of Ghost Rider. In a rare moment of celebration, the team’s night off was interrupted by a mysterious man and an elite squad. The next thing we saw was Coulson onboard a ship… in deep space! Together, they will have to discover where they are and how to get home while the clock ticks out on humanity. These secrets and mysteries are only the beginning for what is sure to be the most surprising and exhilarating S.H.I.E.L.D. adventure yet!
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. stars Clark Gregg as Agent Phil Coulson, Ming-Na Wen as Agent Melinda May, Chloe Bennet as Daisy Johnson, Iain De Caestecker as Agent Leo Fitz, Elizabeth Henstridge as Agent Jemma Simmons, Henry Simmons as Agent Alphonso “Mack” MacKenzie and Natalia Cordova-Buckley as Elena “Yo-Yo” Rodriguez.
The series was co-created by Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon & Maurissa Tancharoen, who also serve as executive producers along with Jeffrey Bell and Marvel’s Jeph Loeb and Jim Chory.