Henry Cavill has hung up his Geralt armor to make way for Superman, that’s the emotion among fans since Netflix announced that The Witcher series would replace the titular role played by the Man of Steel star with Liam Hemsworth. While the shocking announcement left the massive fanbase heartbroken, many still supported Cavill’s decision, largely by pointing to the report that The Witcher’s writers disliked Andrzej Sapkowski’s book and the CDPR’s games.
With Warner Bros. film on the lookout for potential filmmakers to helm a Superman 2 movie for DCEU — Cavill’s future as a movie star seemed secured in Hollywood. And any doubts about seeing him in a sequel to the 2013’s Man of Steel were dismissed after the star himself confirmed his departure from playing as Geralt of Rivia in The Witcher season 4. The upcoming season 3 is scheduled to arrive in the Summer of 2023 on the streaming platform.
The general assumption among DCU aficionados is that Cavill’s Superman career would be too demanding to also play the leading character in The Witcher show. Even so, the most critical dissent viewpoint insists that the problem lies in Netflix’s writers’ room for The Witcher, as can be seen in reactions below. Earlier last week, Beau DeMayo, former writer and producer of the series revealed in an interview with The Direct that writers despised the source material to the point of mocking it.
“I’ve been on 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.”
I actually don’t think Henry left bc of Superman tho. The way that news came out about Witcher writer staff hating the source material? Yea maybe Henry got pissed and was like fuck it imma leave and this Superman news is just good timing.
— alien superstar (@youdoingtoomuch) October 29, 2022
Henry Cavill announced he’s leaving the Witcher & Liam Hemsworth is replacing him. It’s 100% so he can play Superman. Plus playing the Witcher was a huge paycut & he had to work with people who don’t care about the character or the source material. I don’t blame him at all the pic.twitter.com/qd9PNRsLNo
— thatstartrekgirl66 (@thatstarwarsgrl) October 29, 2022
1. Superman is the most well known superhero in the world behind Spidey
2. Why would he stay on a project where the writing team actively shits on the source material he loves https://t.co/w8X4OtNRfc
— ゴゴ P. Adrian C.ゴゴ (@MogwaiFlicks) October 29, 2022
Reading that the people who made the Witcher show hate the source material and the halo writers were the same it's like who the fuck are you hiring for this shit dude what
— Roseerie Mariaaa!🦐 (@horngal) October 30, 2022
Guess Henry's got something more important to do. https://t.co/eo1LHD6IDx
— Borys Kit (@Borys_Kit) October 29, 2022
henry cavill has been fighting the show-runners for years and it looks like he finally gave up his fight 😢 pic.twitter.com/2E7nlAKtgK
— ariel 🪴 (@cursedhat) October 29, 2022
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
Kinda sounds like the Witcher showrunners and writers wanted Geralt to be eye candy with a sword while Henry wanted to give him depth https://t.co/lCspivV4R1
— Walt (@Uber_Kryptonian) October 30, 2022
Cavill when it turns out the Witcher writers really hate the Witcher pic.twitter.com/rLvUSMF3oJ
— Spider-man 1048 (@1048_man) October 29, 2022
Henry Cavill leaving the Witcher show like that after saying that he is a big fan of the book plus the news that the writers hate the source material. Umm yeah I am not watching the witcher now.
— Zac (@zac_comics) October 30, 2022
the writers hating the books and disrespecting the source material, henry cavill leaving and getting replaced by liam hemsworth… the witcher netflix is doomed for failure
— lady d’s lawyer (lucy) (@ladyddancing) October 29, 2022
congrats… the writers ruined The Witcher by not sticking with more of the source material. Prolly won’t even bother to watch it anymore… LAME. https://t.co/pgGJbUvDgr
— Yukon•Sean•Cornelius (@SkylesDavis) October 30, 2022
I’m so happy that Henry is putting his all into the role of Superman. I think part of the reason he’s done with Geralt though is because the writers hate The Witcher source material.
— Jordan| 🦇 (@SithMorrison) October 30, 2022
Netflix didn't care about The Witcher, and even the writers actively disliked the source material.
If he was the only one who gave a shit then he had no reason to stay, he's better off pursuing other projects (Also, Superman is interesting, fuck you) https://t.co/p1Z9Zp6hp5
— Caminacielos (@NostalgicUser) October 29, 2022
Frankly after hearing that the Netflix writers gave 0 shits about the Witcher’s source material and that Henry Cavil was the only one who did gave a shit this only says that now that he’s gone the show is not gonna to feel like the Witcher at all but the Witcher in name only… https://t.co/mWMc0xWin5 pic.twitter.com/xr9qmAqpCq
— The Mad Lich of Shimano (@6ShubNiggurath6) October 30, 2022
Henry Cavill has quit the Witcher, and whilst I'm sad…..let's not pretend the show was any good besides his acting. The writers are downright disrespectful to him and the source material. And now the shows gonna go up in flames.
— Beth (@blavikenbutchr) October 29, 2022
Henry probably left The Witcher because he found out about the writer’s room disrespecting the source material at the same time as we did.
Wouldn’t be surprising, he’s brought up before that he was against certain creative choices during filming.
— Hernandy – El Stan De Namòr (@Pollos_Hernandy) October 29, 2022
Reading about how the writers of Netflix’s Witcher completely disregarded all the source material and called it trash helps me understand why Henry left, and he’s valid asf for that. He used to help cast members get into character by reciting quotes from the book word for word. pic.twitter.com/KXr7yEDqai
— Mr. Wayne🦇 (@ArkhamNumb) October 30, 2022
DeMayo’s statement has been echoed by many fans claiming it could be one of the factors that may have influenced Cavill to exit the Netflix show. Though note, there’s been no report indicating such. Moreover, the Justice League actor has remained mum about the ongoing behind-the-scenes work for Man of Steel 2. Nevertheless, all eyes are on Cavill’s next appearance on the big screen donning the red cape.
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