Spoilers for The Witcher are coming up, but they are small. Henry Cavill has talked about how much he loves everything Witcher ever since he was cast as Geralt of Rivia.
“I really enjoy playing these kind of games and reading these kinds of books in my spare time,” he said as far back as 2019. “I don’t consider it a job,” Cavill continued. “For me it is more like an extraordinary opportunity to live my childhood and adult life fantasies.”
And that’s why it’s such a shock that Henry won’t be on the show after season three. It’s time to stop throwing coins at Cavill. On October 29, 2022, Netflix announced that Liam Hemsworth (The Hunger Games) will now play the White Wolf in season four, replacing Geralt.
After this big reveal, our new Geralt said in an official statement that he’s “over the moon” about the chance to play him. That’s great, but a lot of fans have already said they don’t like this change.
He has “some big boots to fill,” as Liam put it, and most fans can’t seem to see anyone except Henry Cavill in the part right now.
No matter what you think of the show, The Witcher fans all seemed to agree on one thing: Henry is the Witcher. He is the perfect Geralt from the books and games that they had in their heads.
So what’s up? Well, Cavill said in his own statement that he was leaving the show and wished Liam luck as his replacement:
“In my stead, the fantastic Mr Liam Hemsworth will be taking up the mantle of the White Wolf. As with the greatest of literary characters, I pass the torch with reverence for the time spent embodying Geralt and enthusiasm to see Liam’s take on this most fascinating and nuanced of men. Liam, good sir, this character has such a wonderful depth to him, enjoy diving in and seeing what you can find.”
All of that is fine, but why did Henry decide to break our hearts by leaving The Witcher in the first place? So far, no official reason has been given, but we have a good idea why…
Did Henry Cavill’s Superman role influence his decision to leave The Witcher?
When fans heard the news, they thought that Henry Cavill’s leaving The Witcher might have something to do with his other famous role. Yes, you do know it.
And, to be fair, this announcement came at an odd time. This week, Henry finally came back as Superman in a scene at the end of Black Adam.
Fans and Cavill have been waiting a long time for this. Many people think he is the perfect Superman, and Henry has become a fan favorite in the role, even though DC is having trouble building its universe as a whole.
henry cavill a leaving the witcher after begging netflix for the role and being the biggest fan of the franchise is making the report that the writers hate the books seem more and more plausible. they chased that man away from the series. this is sick.
— ariel 🪴 (@cursedhat) October 29, 2022
Now that Worlds of DC is under new management, it looks like things will change at Warner Bros., and Superman’s return could be a part of that. Dwayne Johnson just said that he’s “fought for years” to get Cavill back, and since then, Henry has confirmed that this cameo is just “a very small taste of what’s to come.”
“The character means so much to me,” Henry said just recently to the Happy Sad Confused podcast. “It’s been five years now. I never gave up hope. It’s amazing to be here now talking about it again. There is such a bright future ahead for the character. I’m so excited to tell a story with an enormously joyful Superman.”
Cavill has made it clear for a long time that he would love to play Superman again. With a new focus on the character’s “bright future,” this could have been a factor in his decision to leave The Witcher.
i’ll excuse henry cavill leaving the witcher to be superman if any of his upcoming work includes anything similar to this pic.twitter.com/vkQnkiSmX3
— clay (@_claypot) October 29, 2022
It turns out that Henry shot his cameo in the middle of filming for The Witcher season 3, and he couldn’t explain why he had to leave set because DC wanted to keep things secret.
Could that have made things hard on set? Maybe, but Cavill has shown over and over that he is also committed to the role of Geralt. Even if DC had offered him a (probably much) bigger paycheck, it seems unlikely that he would have just left without trying to play both of these roles at the same time. Not unless he left for another reason…
Did problems with The Witcher make Henry Cavill leave?
Fans were especially surprised to hear that Henry was leaving because he had told THR in the past that he was ready to stay for seven seasons. But there was an exception to all of this.
Cavill was happy to continue playing Geralt “as long as we can keep telling great stories which honour [author Andrzej] Sapkowski’s work.” It’s a point that actors often make, but given how much Henry cares about his role, we’re more likely to believe it this time.
“I’m a huge fan of the books and staying loyal to them,” reiterated Cavill on The Witcher’s YouTube channel. “It’s about making sure that story happens without too much in the way of diversions or side things going on to muddy the waters.”
But did the water get a little too dirty? Geralt is often dirty, and he does like to take a quick bath…
I think we all can agree that Henry Cavill as Witcher was one of the greatest casting ever pic.twitter.com/JCNb2A3m9Z
— Shadow Knight 🦇 (@ShadowKnightPK) October 30, 2022
Henry has worked hard to make sure that The Witcher on Netflix stays true to the books. While promoting season two, Cavill told Total Film: “This season, I really wanted to make sure that we represented the book’s Geralt more accurately, and that we saw him speak more. I pushed really, really hard for that.”
Fans will be happy to hear that, but on the other hand, why did Henry have to work “really, really hard” to get this kind of accuracy in the first place?
During an exclusive interview with Digital Spy, Cavill told us that it was “such a shame” that “a lovely bit” from “Blood of Elves” was left out of season two. So, he took a key quote from that story and made it up in Roach’s death scene instead.
This is a strong reminder of how much Henry cared about the material, and it’s also another reminder that his vision for the show wasn’t exactly what was shown on screen.
By itself, that doesn’t have to be a bad thing. Writers and actors won’t always agree, and sometimes the writers room might have a bigger picture that even someone as involved as Cavill might not know about at first.
But new quotes from writer Beau DeMayo suggest that not everyone on The Witcher team might be as respectful of the source material as Henry.
During a recent Instagram Q&A (which was shared by The Direct), DeMayo, who used to work on The Witcher, said the following:
“I’ve been on a show – namely Witcher – where some of the writers were not or actively disliked the books and games (even actively mocking the source material.) It’s a recipe for disaster and bad morale. Fandom as a litmus test checks egos, and makes all the long nights worth it. You have to respect the work before you’re allowed to add to its legacy.”
DeMayo, who was also a co-producer on two episodes of The Witcher’s first season, doesn’t name anyone here, and for all we know, the people he’s thinking of might not even be working on the show anymore.
But if you think about all the changes this show has already made to Sapkowski’s books, like the way season two ended, it’s likely that Cavill wasn’t happy with Geralt’s overall direction, whether DeMayo’s claims are true or not.
Showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich has talked in the past about how important the books are and how they shape this show. She told IGN that, “We are all big fans of the books. We’re all big fans of the video games as well, but this is solely based on the books and that’s really where we drew our inspiration from – starting with the short stories.”
But not all fans would agree, since there are so many changes going on, and Cavill is a superfan, so it’s possible that he would be one of them. Even if Henry wasn’t happy with the role, there wasn’t much he could do to change it.
Of course, all of this could be completely wrong. Keep in mind that none of these ideas have been proven yet, and for all we know, Henry Cavill could be giving up his wig for a totally different reason. Maybe it’s bothersome? He might not like the color.
No matter what happens, though, it’s hard to see The Witcher lasting long without Henry. No matter how good or bad Liam Hemsworth is in the role, it’s hard to imagine it without Cavill and that old, musty wig that everyone loves.
Seasons 1 and 2 of The Witcher are now available to watch on Netflix. Season 3 is being made, and a spin-off called The Witcher: Blood Origin will come out on Netflix on December 25.
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