“Be at the tiller so it can be faithful, is key to me”: Henry Cavill’s Vow for a Source Accurate Warhammer 40K Cinematic Universe Has No Choice But to Include Female Custodes in it

What Does The Recent Warhammer Controversy Mean For Henry Cavill?

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  • Henry Cavill's commitment to creating a source-accurate Warhammer 40K cinematic universe is clear, especially with his statement about the importance of being "at the tiller."
  • Games Workshop has recently introduced a significant retcon in the Warhammer 40K lore, involving the Adeptus Custodes. THis has caused quite a bit of controversy.
  • The introduction of female Custodes has fueled rumors about Cavill's potential departure from the Warhammer series.
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There is no bigger nerd in the entertainment industry than Henry Cavill. For a long time, he has shown his love for video games and other media, one of which is Warhammer 40k. He recently described his opportunity to helm the Amazon project as the “greatest privilege of my professional career.” 

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His excitement for this project adds a personal touch to it considering his childhood love for Warhammer.  But the Warhammer 40k universe has recently been under some controversy which has changed the paradigm.

Henry Cavill’s Part in The Upcoming Warhammer 40k Cinematic Universe

Henry Cavill is yet to break his silence over the current rumors.
Henry Cavill speaking at the 2019 San Diego Comic-Con | Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0, | Wikimedia Commons

In an interview with IGN, Henry Cavill brought up the importance of staying true to the source material. His interest in Warhammer 40k has been lifetime, making his role in the project particularly important to him.

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I can’t say too much, again, it’s early days still. But to have this opportunity to bring it to screen, and be at the tiller so it can be faithful, is key to me.

Amazon Studios acquired the rights to Warhammer 40k in late 2022, and Cavill was immediately signed to be an executive producer and a star. The specifics of whether the project will be released in the form of a film or a television series are unknown, the formation of a writing team signals development.

This is the stuff I’ve been dealing with since I was a kid. This is the stuff I spend my free time daydreaming about, as an adult as well, and I get to bring it into life. There is no greater reason than I joined the industry than doing something like this.

The introduction of female Custodes in Warhammer 40k lore due to a recent retcon caused a great deal of controversy within the community. Contesting the long-held notion that the Adeptus Custodes were solely male, the 2024 Codex: Adeptus Custodes introduces Calladayce Taurovalia Kesh, a female Custodian.

Fans who have long believed that the Adeptus Custodes were solely male have taken offense at this change. The introduction of this new character has changed the lore of the game and has led to some particularly polarizing reactions.

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What Does This Mean For Cavill’s Future With Warhammer?

What Does This Mean For Cavill's Future With Warhammer?
Henry Cavill’s Part in The Upcoming Warhammer 40k Cinematic Universe | Saber Interactive

In addition, there have been unconfirmed rumors due to the controversy that Henry Cavill may be quitting the Warhammer 40k series. While these are most likely clickbait for views and attention, they are part of a larger conflict within the fandom.

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Discussions on platforms like Reddit highlight this divide, with many pointing out that past retcons, such as the introduction of the Rogal Dorn tank, did not face the same level of criticism. The controversy seems to stem more from the perceived imposition of contemporary societal issues into the fantasy setting.

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What Does This Mean For Cavill’s Future With Warhammer? | Saber Interactive

Cavill’s commitment to maintaining source integrity in the Warhammer 40k cinematic universe would need the addition of these new female Custodes. Since the lore has evolved, any really faithful adaptation must take these modifications into account, even if they are controversial. 

As the cinematic universe begins to take shape, it will be interesting to see how it balances staying true to its roots while embracing necessary changes to keep the narrative dynamic and inclusive.

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Written by Daniel Royte

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Daniel is a gamer through and through with a passion for gaming in his veins. His current adventures have taken him into the world of Elden Ring, Wuthering Waves, and Genshin Impact, amongst others.