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By Jitin Gambhir

Why Fans Are So Unhappy About Henry Cavill’s Departure



It is no secret that fans of fantasy are always seeking captivating stories and awe-inspiring creatures to fuel their passionate imaginations. Netflix has satisfied this hunger with multiple series, but none have captured viewers’ hearts quite like The Witcher, and its lead actor, Henry Cavill. Based on Andrzej Sapkowski’s novel, Cavill’s portrayal of Geralt of Rivia first graced screens in 2019. As a monster hunter, Geralt, along with his friend Jaskier, faces dangerous and deceitful challenges during the Middle Ages. His encounters with a greedy mage named Yennefer and his role as the protector of a young royal girl named Ciri lead him to confront even greater obstacles.

Update July 5, 2023: This article has been updated with new information about Henry Cavill’s departure and what lies ahead for the actor following the release of The Witcher Season 3 Volume One.

Although the storyline itself is captivating, it is Henry Cavill who has truly captivated fans. His unexpected departure from the series after three seasons shocked many. Cavill and Netflix released statements explaining that he has chosen to step away from the production. Fans have expressed their discontent with this decision, even going as far as signing petitions. But why is the actor leaving, and why has it caused such an outcry? Let’s delve deeper into the matter.

The Uncertainty Surrounding Netflix: One of the main reasons driving fan speculation and interest in this sudden change is the lack of a clear explanation. The announcement of Henry Cavill’s departure from the show was made without much detail, leading to debates about the actual reasons behind the star actor’s sudden exit. Some speculate that there were scheduling conflicts, as Cavill had committed to multiple appearances as Superman in the upcoming film Black Adam. However, it was later announced that Superman would be recast, leaving Cavill without his two biggest roles within a span of just two months. These rumors and speculations have fueled dissatisfaction and outcry among fans, who are demanding a concise answer.

Books vs. Series: It is important to note the disparity between the storyline of the books and the Netflix series. Book enthusiasts are aware that on-screen adaptations don’t always align with the original written work. Changes can be made to characters, locations, and overall plot. While producers often justify these modifications, fans of the books and actors involved generally prefer a faithful depiction of the source material. This is also true for Henry Cavill in The Witcher. As a devoted fan of the original story, Cavill openly expressed his disagreements with the show’s storyline. It is widely known that Cavill is passionate about The Witcher fandom and dedicated to bringing Geralt to life. Despite his love for the role, stepping away from the series highlighted the differences between the actor and the show’s producer, Lauren Schmidt Hissrich. After the announcement of Cavill’s departure, it was revealed that the third season would align more closely with the books. While this may address Cavill’s concerns and the ongoing uproar from fans, for many, it came too late. Some viewers consider the third season, starring Henry Cavill, as the final season of the series. Any future seasons are unlikely to satisfy these fans, although the producers may still be able to change their minds.

The New White Wolf: Liam Hemsworth, known for his role in The Hunger Games, has been chosen to replace the beloved Henry Cavill. Naturally, this casting decision puts Hemsworth under intense scrutiny. Fans immediately expressed their discontent with Hemsworth taking over a role they believe rightfully belongs to Cavill. Cavill’s departure has brought about a change that not all of his fans are ready to accept. The connection between Cavill and Geralt has been palpable from the beginning, and the audience has a specific image of Geralt de Rivia, not just in terms of his personality but also his physical appearance. Despite Hemsworth’s talent, it remains to be seen how fans will react to him stepping into this role. It will be interesting to witness how Hemsworth handles the pressure of following in the footsteps of a famous star, with previous actors such as Jared Leto struggling under similar circumstances when taking on the role of The Joker after Heath Ledger. Regardless, the White Wolf will return to the screens, wielding his silver sword in true Witcher fashion.

What Will Cavill Do Now?: With Cavill no longer portraying Superman or Geralt of Rivia, it is intriguing to speculate on his future endeavors. Cavill’s knowledge and passion for nerd culture extend beyond The Witcher, as he is a fan of DC Comics, the tabletop game Warhammer 40,000, and even built his own gaming PC. This aspect of Cavill’s personality sets him apart from typical celebrities and endears him to many fans. He is considered a valuable asset to any franchise. Cavill is taking his love for Warhammer 40,000 to the next level, as he has signed on to produce and star in projects related to the brand for Amazon Studios. There have also been rumors of his potential involvement in the Marvel Cinematic Universe now that he is no longer tied to DC. With the premiere of Volume 1 of Cavill’s final season in The Witcher and Volume 2 scheduled for July 27, 2023, this marks a turning point for both the actor and the series.

It is by far no secret that the fantasy fandom is always on the lookout for gut-wrenching stories and mind-blowing monsters to fill their passionate minds with. Admittedly, Netflix has assuaged its audiences’ hunger with multiple series, but, above all, The Witcher has won the viewers’ hearts, and so has the lead actor, Henry Cavill.




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Based on the novel by Andrzej Sapkpowski, the story of Cavill’s Geralt of Rivia was first granted its place on the screens in 2019. Earning his money as a monster hunter, Geralt and his friend Jaskier continuously face harsh times filled with dangers and deceptions during the Middle Ages. As he crosses paths with a greedy mage, Yennefer, and finds himself as the protector of a royal young girl, Ciri, he is left to fight even greater obstacles.

Update July 5, 2023: With the release of The Witcher Season 3 Volume One, this article has been updated with more information regarding Henry Cavill’s departure and what is in store for the actor.

While the storyline is captivating in itself, it has been Henry Cavill who particularly caught the fans’ attention. Unsurprisingly, Cavill’s announced departure from the series after being a part of the cast for three seasons came as much of a shock. Cavill and Netflix released statements that Cavill has elected to step away from production moving forward. Fans have been very outspoken about their feelings against this move, with many signing petitions. But why is the actor leaving in the first place, and why is it causing such an outcry? Let’s take a closer look.



The Uncertainty

The Witcher - Henry Cavill
Netflix

One of the most significant aspects of this sudden change that is driving fan interest and theory is the “why?” Without explanation, the announcement was dropped that Henry Cavill was leaving the show. Now fans are debating on what the real reason is for the star actor’s sudden departure. The timing of the announcement, being so close to Henry Cavill’s reappearance as Superman in Black Adamled some to believe there were merely scheduling conflicts, as it was common knowledge that Henry Cavill had signed on for multiple appearances as the man of steel. Yet shortly after that, it was announced that the DCU was going in a different direction and that Superman would be recast. This meant that in just the span of two months, Cavill had departed from his two biggest roles.

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Others claim that the star had creative differences with the way the show was developing as well as growing tired of the heavy production schedule, including principal photography taking place in multiple countries. While all of these are merely rumors and speculation at the time of writing, the lack of a clear and concise answer has spurred dissatisfaction into a harsh outcry.

Books vs. Series

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A rather striking reason to be aware of is the connection between the storyline of the books and the Netflix series. Book lovers will know that the on-screen stories don’t always align with the written words of the author. Certain changes can be made, characters can be adapted, or locations can be added or even removed. Almost everything is possible in television or movie adaptations. While producers can usually justify their modifications, fans of the story or even the actors often prefer a true depiction of the original work.

The same can be said about The Witcher’s Henry Cavill. As a big fan of the original story, the actor made the public aware of his disagreements with the show’s storyline. It is generally known that Cavill was and still is passionate about the fandom of The Witcher and was dedicated to putting all his effort into bringing Geralt to life. Regardless of the love for his role, stepping away from The Witcher seemed to have underlined the differences between the actor and the producer, Lauren Schmidt Hissrich.

After the bombshell of the lead actor’s departure dropped, it was announced that the third season will stand in closer relation to the books. It might be an answer to Cavill’s discontent as well as the fandom’s ongoing uproar, yet, to many, the decision came too late. For various viewers, the third and last season starring Henry Cavill is simultaneously the final season of the series. Any planned seasons beyond that seem to be of no satisfaction to the fans; however, the producers might still be able to change the audiences’ minds.

The New White Wolf

Henry Cavill & Liam Hemsworth-1
Netflix/Lionsgate

Replacing the fan-favorite Henry Cavill is no other than the Hunger Games star Liam Hemsworth. Needless to say, the Australian actor has sufficient experience in hunting and action-filled adventures. Unfortunately, by virtue of his position as Henry Cavill’s replacement, Liam Hemsworth is set to be put under the microscope, fair or not. Liam Hemsworth was announced as the replacement for Henry Cavill, and despite Cavill’s assurances that the franchise was in capable hands, fans made their voices heard when they immediately lashed out at Hemsworth for taking a role the audience feels rightly belongs to Cavill.

Cavill’s departure brings about a change that not all of his fans are ready for. The actor has brought one of their favorite characters to life and has poured his love and passion into the portrayal of the monster hunter. The connection between Cavill and Geralt has been palpable from the very beginning, and the audience has been given a specific picture of Geralt de Rivia. Not just regarding his behavior but, literally, his physical appearance.

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Liam Hemsworth’s talent aside, not everyone is ready to let go of their beloved character, and not everyone is ready to accept a new face. It will be interesting to see how Liam Hemsworth handles the pressure of taking over a role after a famous star, with many others failing under the pressure, most notably Jared Leto taking on the part of The Joker after Heath Ledger. Despite all the obstacles heading his way, it will be intriguing to see what Liam Hemsworth brings to the role, with many speculating that his appearance will come after a time jump to help explain the shift in appearance for the Witcher. One way or the other, the White Wolf will be back on the screens and swinging his silver sword in true The Witcher fashion.

What Will Cavill Do Now?

Warhammer-40000-Cavill
Warner Bros. Pictures/Games Workshop

With Cavill out as both Superman and The Witcher, it will be interesting to see what the actor decides to do. Cavill’s knowledge of nerd culture goes beyond the boundaries of The Witcherwith Henry Cavill also being a fan of DC Comics, the tabletop game Warhammer 40,000and has even built his own gaming PC, stating that he’s also a big fan of World of Warcraft. This aspect of Henry Cavill’s personality moves him beyond the typical pedestal that celebrities are thrust upon, and many look to him as simply one of them. This has made him a fan favorite among many and would make him a vital part of any franchise.

Cavill is taking his love of Warhammer 40,000 to the next level as he is signed on to produce and star in projects related to the brand for Amazon Studios. There have also been rumors about him being approached for a part in the MCU now that he is no longer tied to the world of DC. With The Witcher recently premiering Volume 1 of Cavill’s final season and Volume 2 set for July 27, 2023, this will mark a turning point for the actor and the series.

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