Henry Cavill is one of the biggest stars working in the film and television industry, and his salary of The witcher helps explain why. The A-lister is paid around $ 400,000 per episode to appear on the Netflix original series, according to a report by Variety. It’s not quite as much as he does to play DC’s Superman, but it’s closer than some fans have dared to think.
Cavill earns almost half a million dollars per episode like The witcher himself, Geralt of Rivia. This means that in Season 1, with 8 episodes in total, he made around $ 3.2 million and will presumably be pulling the same amount for Season 2 later this month. By comparing, Variety speculates that Cavill probably made around $ 20 million each for his blockbuster movies like Justice League and Impossible mission, because that’s the average starting salary for a star of his stature. Some industry insiders see this widening gap as a sign that television is as popular as movies these days, while others see it as a sign of a “streaming bubble” that is doomed to burst. in the long term.
It’s worth noting that Cavill’s starting salary would only be a fraction of his earnings on blockbuster movies, regardless of that salary. This upfront payment would be followed by return revenue – assuming the film exceeds its production budget at the box office. The work required for each production can vary widely, but it is surprising to some to see such disparate numbers between a 2 hour movie and an 8 hour series.
Yet industry insiders familiar with the old television landscape are shocked at the size of those paychecks in today’s “streaming boom”. Some have speculated that this is some kind of economic bubble that must eventually burst, but so far it shows no signs of slowing down. Streamers are still fighting for dominance in a growing market where they are able to keep much of their key analytical data to themselves.
In Cavill’s case, we can at least be sure he’s working hard for his money. His portrayal of Geralt of Rivia is fraught with stunts, and the actor has detailed his regime of intense exercise and training so he can wield his swords – silver and iron, depending on his nemesis. He even injured himself while filming the Netflix original series earlier this year, although he recovered quickly enough to avoid a major production delay.
Cavill also wears intense costume pieces in The witcher, including colored contact lenses which apparently cause her a lot of pain after a while. As he is as committed to authenticity as the fans, he bears the burden.
The witcher Season 1 is now streaming on Netflix, with the new spinoff animated film The Witcher: The Wolf’s Nightmare. Season 2 of The Witcher premieres December 17 on Netflix.