DC Officially Pays Better than Marvel, Joaquin Phoenix Tops ‘Thor’ Chris Hemsworth

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Thor opening his eyes

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The world of superhero media is at an all-time high, with Marvel Studios and WarnerMedia/DC completing to produce the most successful franchises to date. Now, a new report confirms how well DC stars are being compensated for their work.

Joaquin Phoenix as Joker
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Chris Hemsworth has played the titular role of Thor Odinson in the Marvel Cinematic Universe for 12 years, recently earning an estimated $15 to $20 million for his appearance in Thor: Love and Thunder (2022). Joaquin Phoenix has appeared in one DC film, Joker (2019), and is earning a reported $2o million for his second outing as the mad villain.

While Marvel Studios has not confirmed Hemsworth’s compensation for the recent Thor: Love and Thunder, a fascinating report from Variety reveals that Phoenix has earned the same amount for Joker 2 in three years as Hemsworth’s made in 12:

Joaquin Phoenix will be paid $20M for ‘JOKER 2’.

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Variety writes:

The same holds true for Joaquin Phoenix. When he first portrayed Gotham’s most infamous villain in 2019’s “Joker,” Phoenix earned $4.5 million. The film went on to earn more than $1 billion and landed the actor an Oscar. If Warner Bros. is going to get Phoenix back in clown makeup, it will cost the studio $20 million.

Joaquin Phoenix as Joker
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With Joaquin Phoenix signing on to put back on a smiling face for WarnerMedia, it’s evident that his compensation for Todd Phillip’s Joker 2 would be significantly higher than his first outing, considering Joker is the only $1 billion R-rated movie in cinema history! Looking forward, Phoenix could earn beyond $20 million for a Joker 3 if the second installment to this growing franchise is another global hit.

With Phoenix capturing the same amount of pay that took Chris Hemsworth over a decade to earn up to (regarding pay increases), it’s fascinating to see how various Hollywood Studios financially function, especially with backend participation deals (leading to Tom Cruise scoring over $100 million for Top Gun: Maverick).

Ravager Thor throwing his cloak behind him in the middle of battle
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Nonetheless, Netflix is picking up Chris Hemsworth’s tab for Extraction 2 (2022), reportedly paying out $20 million for the Marvel man to reprise his role as Tyler Rake, indicating that Hemsworth is one of the most saught after names in Hollywood!

Chris Hemsworth as thor
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The Marvel Universe is becoming much more than iconic characters/Earth’s Mightiest Heroes like Star-Lord/Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan), the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Hawkeye/Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner), Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson), Captain Marvel/Carol Danvers (Brie Larson), Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), and Thanos (Josh Brolin).

Tom Holland’s Avenger is leading the way for Marvel Cinematic Universe newcomers Kate BishopMs. Marvel/Kamala Khan (Iman Vellani), Moon Knight (Oscar Isaac), Agatha Harkness (Kathryn Hahn), She-Hulk (Tatiana Maslany), Eternals’ Thena (Angelina Jolie), and more — especially with his next Spider-Man trilogy that’s currently in the works.

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