Thanos Creator Gets Big Payday … From DC

By January 25, 2017

He’s the creator of some memorable Marvel characters like Guardians of the Galaxy‘s Gamora and the Avengers after-credits big bad Thanos.

But apparently, none of those characters are as valuable for Jim Starlin than Anatoli Knyazev in the DC Comics universe.

Unless you’re a huge comics geek, or remember his small role in last year’s Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, your first question obviously is … “Who?”

That’s because Knyazev’s role was not a big one, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Even though the character could become a supervillain known as KGBeast, Knyazev was more of a hired gun in Dawn of Justice, a Russian warlord who kidnaps both Lois Lane (Amy Adams) and Martha Kent (Diane Lane).

Knyazev is played by Callan Mulvey, and bears little resemblance to the comics character first introduced in 1988, according to the trade publication.

Yet, the payday for Knyazev was pretty big. In fact, bigger than anything Marvel has used in the past, according to a Facebook post Starlin wrote Tuesday.

“Just received a very big check from DC Entertainment for my participation in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice (Anatoli Knyazev), 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. 

“Guess I’ll finally have to sit down and watch the movie.”

The news is a little bit shocking, especially when box office numbers are compared between Knyazev’s appearance, and the films that Thanos, Gamora and Drax have shown up in. For instance, Dawn of Justice grossed an impressive $868.2 million worldwide. However, the three films involving Starlin’s main Marvel creations have hauled in $3.7 billion.

Starlin had renegotiated his deal with Marvel before the release of the first Avengers film in 2012, according to the trade publication. While he said at the time he was not going to become “the next Bill Gates … I’m getting a little something out of it.”

Marvel has a chance to at least cut Starlin another check soon. Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 hits theaters May 5.

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Michael Hinman

Michael Hinman

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Michael began what has become nearly 19 years of entertainment reporting as the founder of SyFy Portal, which would become Airlock Alpha after he sold the SyFy brand to NBC Universal. He's based out of New York City where he is the editor of a Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper in the Bronx.