Henry Cavill has raised himself to a blockbuster-level star in recent years. From his outings as Superman in the DCEU to his appearances in movies like “Mission: Impossible — Fallout,” he’s been an irreparable part of some of the hit movies to hit the screen in recent times.
He has also made a name for himself in the world of fantasy streaming shows, having brought to life Geralt of Rivia in Netflix’s “The Witcher” adaptation.
It is not shocking to know that “The Witcher” is one of Netflix’s most successful original series to date. Per Digital Spy, the fantasy series broke records for the streaming platform. About 76 million households tuned in to watch the show in its first four weeks of release.
With the next season of “The Witcher” set to arrive soon, fans are gearing up for another phenomenal experience. However, some details have been revealed about how much the lead actor makes from each episode.
According to Variety, Cavill supposedly earns $400,000 per episode before taxes and other fees. The second season of “The Witcher” on Netflix will feature eight episodes like the first season. This means that the actor will make a whopping $6.4 million, assuming that his pay packet remains the same for Season two.
Of course, if the show were indeed the massive success story that Netflix claimed it was, it wouldn’t be surprising if Cavil was given a raise for his efforts.
Other Top Earners In Hollywood
Vogue also released a report on the year’s highest-paid film stars, which could be compared directly to the small-screens top earners.
While TV salaries paled compared to feature films, there were a lot of opportunities for movie stars to cash in on the streaming boom with cinematic television.
However, Cavill’s salary is dwarfed by Robert Downey Jr.’s “The Sympathizer” and Chris Pratt’s “The Terminal List,” who both stand to make over $1 million per episode.
It should be noted that RDJ and Pratt’s salaries were both from limited series, so they were only able to earn a fixed amount.
What’s The Witcher About?
Lauren Schmidt Hissrich created the Polish-American fantasy drama series. It was based on the book series of the same name by Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski.
It is set on a fictional, medieval-inspired landmass known as “the Continent” and explores the legend of Geralt of Rivia and Princess Ciri, who are bound together by destiny.
Together Geralt and the love of his life, Yennefer, tried to protect the princess. As a result, they altered the course of destiny and changed a continent’s dynamics on the brink of war.
Its ensemble of casts includes Henry Cavill, Freya Allan, Eamon Farren, Anya Chalotra, Joey Batey, MyAnna Buring, Royce Pierson, Mimi Ndiweni, and several others.
The first season consisted of eight episodes and was released on Netflix in its entirety on December 20, 2019. It was based on “The Last Wish and Sword of Destiny,” collections of short stories that preceded the main “Witcher” saga.
The second season, consisting of eight episodes, is scheduled for release on December 17, 2021. In September 2021, Netflix announced that the series had been renewed for a third season.
Henry Cavil’s Early Life
Cavill was born on the Bailiwick of Jersey, a British Crown dependency in the Channel Islands. His mother, Marianne Cavil, was a housewife married to Colin Richard Cavil, a stockbroker.
Cavil was privately educated at St. Michael’s Preparatory School in Saint Saviour, Jersey, before attending Stowe School in Buckinghamshire, England.
His interest in acting began at an early age with school play renditions of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” and Sonny LaTierri’s “Grease.” He also starred and directed Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” in 40 Minutes, a BBC commentary.
At age 17, Cavil was discovered by casting directors at school who were looking for a young boy to play Albert Mondego in “The Count of Monte Cristo.”
He went on to star in “Vendetta,” “The Inspector Lynley Mysteries,” “Goodbye,” “Mr. Chips,” and “Midsomer Murders.”
Cavil’s History As Superman
Cavill first hit the big screen as a superhero in the 2013 film “Man of Steel.” The film focuses on Superman’s origins, transitioning to his adult years.
It delved into the superhero family’s struggle as they tried to keep Clark’s identity a secret. It was so important that Jonathan Kent refused to let Clark use his powers to save his life during a tornado. This resulted in the loss of his life, which negatively affected Clark and left him to wander the world alone.
Cavill once again donned the red cape for “Batman V. Superman” in 2016. The second part of “Man of Steel” added Batman into the mix, creating a conflict between the two superheroes. Batman felt that Superman’s battle with Zod created too much collateral damage, making Superman a danger to humanity.
Eventually, the duo worked together in a final battle with a monster created by Lex Luthor. Superman was weakened by Kryptonite, and the film again ended with his death. However, fans rejoiced when Superman was resurrected in 2017’s “Justice League.” The Flash’s powers and organic matter from the Kryptonian ship were used to bring the superhero back to life.