Thanos Creator Was Paid More for 'Batman v. Superman' Than All Marvel Movies Combined

Jim Starlin took to Facebook to note that a minor character in the Zack Snyder movie was more profitable for him than his many Marvel Studios creations.
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How much is a cosmic dictator worth? According to Jim Starlin, who created Thanos, the character at the center of plans for Marvel Studios' upcoming Avengers: Infinity War, the answer is "less than a minor heavy in Gotham City." Or perhaps the exchange rate is just heavily in DC's favor right now.

"Just received a very big check from DC Entertainment for my participation in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice (Anatoli Knyazev)," Starlin wrote on Facebook Tuesday morning, adding that the amount was "much bigger than anything I've gotten for Thanos, Gamora and Drax showing up in any of the various Marvel movies they appeared in, combined."

What makes this particularly surprising is that Anatoli Knyazev is a relatively minor figure at best in the movie; it's possible that many viewers would have no idea who he was at all. (For the record, he's the Russian warlord who kidnaps Lois in the beginning of the movie and later repeats that trick by kidnapping Martha Wayne. The character onscreen bears little similarity to the Starlin-created character, who — in DC's comic mythology — is better known by his nom-de-plume, the K.G.Beast.

Last year, Starlin told Heat Vision that he had renegotiated his deal with Marvel over its usage of Thanos, ahead of the character's onscreen debut in 2012's The Avengers.

"I'd like to have had a bigger piece of Thanos than I do, but when the first Avengers movie came out, Marvel and I — we renegotiated some things, so I get a taste out of this thing," he said. "I'm not becoming the next Bill Gates, but I'm getting a little something out of it." Literally, it seems, a little something.

In case Starlin's post seemed too much like a commercial for DC, he did throw a little shade at the end of his post, admitting that he'd yet to find time to enjoy BvS for himself. "Guess I'll finally have to sit down and watch the movie," he wrote.

Just received a very big check from D.C. Entertainment for my participation in Batman V Superman, Dawn of Justice...

Posted by Jim Starlin on Tuesday, January 24, 2017

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