Henry Cavill has been in the Hollywood game for a minute. Ever since his debut in 2001, the iron-jawed hunk has basically been living every man’s fantasy: ripped muscles, international fame, making out with Amy Adams. You know, the usual stuff.
Being Superman is pretty damn cool. Yeah, his movies have actually kind of sucked and the DC Extended Universe is kind of meh, but Supes is the OG hero. Yet despite the character’s historic lore and the global box office success of the recent movies, Cavill isn’t quite as loaded as one might think.
Henry Cavill’s Net Worth as of 2017: $8 Million
How come Cavill isn’t wealthier? It’s important to remember that Superman was the British actor’s first blockbuster role. More money will surely follow, especially if the DCEU gets its act straight after the well-received Wonder Woman. But for now, let’s take a look at how Cavill got here.
2001 – 2007
In 2001, Cavill kick started his film career with a role in Laguna before nailing down a small but more mainstream role in the 2002 adaptation of The Count of Monte Cristo. From there, Cavill was a steadily employed Hollywood worker with appearances in BBC’s The Inspector Lynley Mysteries (2002), the TV film Goodbye, Mr. Chips (2002) and the TV series Midsomer Murders (2003).
He also had small roles in the movies I Capture the Castle (2003), Hellraiser: Hellworld (2005), Red Riding Hood (2006), Tristan & Isolde (2006) and Stardust (2007). Again, none of these are going to line your pockets with Eff You money, but as a 20-something guy trying to break into Hollywood, this is a damn good start.
2007 – 2011
In 2007, Cavill got his first real substantive break in show business when he was cast in a leading role in Showtime’s The Tudors. For three years, Cavill played the role of Charles Brandon, 1st Duke of Suffolk in the period drama. The series put a spotlight on Cavill thanks to its positive reception, being nominated for a Golden Globe in 2007 and winning an Emmy in 2008. Cavill himself has credited the show for making his career.
“It’s done the most for me to date…Now that there’s an audience somewhere in America that’s aware of who I am, I have more sell-ability, because of The Tudors,” he said in 2010.
During his early career, Cavill was a classic case of close but no cigar. He was actually in the running to play the Man of Steel way back in 2004 before it fell apart. An online fan campaign tried to get him cast as Cedric Diggory in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and the Twilight author said he was a perfect choice for Edward Cullen in the movies. Cavill would end up losing both roles to Robert Pattinson. He was the finalist to play James Bond in Casino Royale opposite Daniel Craig, but producers opted for an older 007.
When Cavill said The Tudors gave him more sell-ability, he may not have realized how accurate that statement would quickly become.
2011 – Present
In January 2011, it was announced that Cavill had been officially cast in the role of Clark Kent/Superman in director Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel.
“In the pantheon of superheroes, Superman is the most recognized and revered character of all time, and I am honoured to be a part of his return to the big screen,” he said at the time. Man of Steel would go on to earn $668 million at the worldwide box office in 2013. Though the movie was met with mixed reaction from fans and critics, there’s no question that the role launched Cavill into the stratosphere of fame.
In 2016, Cavill reprised his role in the critically panned Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which also featured Batman and Wonder Woman. Despite the negative reviews, BvS earned $872.7 million worldwide. The 34-year-old will again appear as Superman in November’s Justice League.
In the interim of all his caped adventures, Cavill starred alongside Armie Hammer in the film version of the spy TV series The Man from U.N.C.L.E. He’s also booked a role in the upcoming Mission: Impossible 6.
With looming blockbusters and expanding opportunities, we’re confident Cavill will build on his $8 million net worth.