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

The world of superhero media is at its peak, with Marvel Studios and WarnerMedia/DC churning out the most successful franchises to date. Now, a new report confirms just how well DC stars are being paid for their work.

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Chris Hemsworth played the lead role of Thor Odinson in the Marvel Cinematic Universe for 12 years, recently earning $15-20 million for his appearance in Thor: Love and Thunder (2022). Joaquin Phoenix appeared in a DC movie, Joker (2019), and earns $20 million for his second outing as the crazy villain.

While Marvel Studios hasn’t confirmed Hemsworth’s compensation for the recent Thor: Love and Thundera fascinating report from Variety reveals that Phoenix won the same amount for joker 2 in three years like Hemsworth in 12:

Joaquin Phoenix will receive $20 million for ‘JOKER 2’.

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Variety writes:

The same goes 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 gross over $1 billion and earn the actor an Oscar. If Warner Bros. going to put Phoenix back in clown makeup, it’ll cost the studio $20 million.

Joaquin Phoenix as Joker
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With Joaquin Phoenix signing to put a smiling face back on WarnerMedia, it’s obvious his compensation for Todd Phillip joker 2 would be significantly superior to its first outing, considering Joker is the only $1 billion R-rated movie in movie history! Going forward, Phoenix could make over $20 million for a joker 3 if the second installment of this growing franchise is another global success.

With Phoenix capturing the same amount of salary that it took over a decade for Chris Hemsworth to earn (when it comes to pay raises), it’s fascinating to see how various Hollywood studios are doing financially, especially with backend participation deals (which led to Tom Cruise earning over $100 million for Top Gun: Maverick).

Ravager Thor throwing his cape 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 paid $20 million for the Marvel man to reprise his role as Tyler Rake, indicating that Hemsworth is one of the most sought-after names in Hollywood!

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

Tom Holland’s Avenger paves the way for newcomers to the Marvel Cinematic Universe Kate Bishop, Ms. 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 her next Spider Man trilogy currently in the works.

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