The news of Henry Cavill leaving The Witcher and being replaced by Liam Hemsworth as the Geralt of Rivia has led to the show receiving a lot of backlash. Fans although finding a win with the actor reprising his role as Clark Kent in the DCEU seem to be split with the idea of him leaving one role for another.
A spinoff of the show The Witcher: Blood Origin will be released on Netflix starring Michelle Yeoh as the new protagonist, which would be a four-episode prequel to the currently running show. Black Adam set out an entirely new future for Cavill’s Superman, leading him to get ready for whatever the franchise has prepared or will be preparing for him.
Henry Cavill Gets Replaced By Liam Hemsworth As The Geralt Of Rivia
Henry Cavill‘s schedule seems to be getting busier and busier with his role as Sherlock Holmes in Enola Holmes, his return as the Kryptonian superhero, and gearing up for the now greenlit Man of Steel sequel which is looking for a director.
“I’m honored that he’s handing me the reins and allowing me to take up the White Wolf’s blades for the next chapter of his adventure. Henry, I’ve been a fan of yours for years and was inspired by what you brought to this beloved character. I may have some big boots to fill, but I’m truly excited to be stepping into The Witcher world.”
Both Liam Hemsworth and Henry Cavill issued statements following this announcement. They conveyed how it was a big opportunity for both of them, claiming how Cavill’s time with the character was over and it was finally time to pass the mantle down to someone else. This, however, only seemed to be a downgrade for the fans; leading to the show receiving major negativity following the news.
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The Fans Express Their Views Regarding Henry Cavill’s Witcher Being Recast
While the fans celebrate the return of Henry Cavill’s Superman, the backlash that The Witcher has received since the announcement has made fans question whether a change in casting was the right choice or not. They call it a downgrade and would rather have the show canceled instead of watching someone else slay monsters as Cavill did.
Nothing against Liam, he is a great actor. I just don't see this transition going well. Henry bares a striking resemblance to the fame character we know. So i have my concerns.
— signum79 (@signum79) October 29, 2022
@witchernetflix just cancel the show at this point. When an actor signs on to play a beloved and ubiquitous character, they should be contracted for ALL seasons of the show, not allowed to be replaced partway through.
— 𝕿𝖎𝖋𝖋𝖆𝖓𝖞 (@underhermoon) October 29, 2022
Read somewhere Cavill is a huge nerd-fan of The Witcher books & campaigned heavily to be cast as Geralt in the show, so this is as perplexing an exit as could be imagined, not to mention his physicality is virtually inimitable. Nothing against Liam, but this is so disappointing.
— vibradiant (@vibradiant) October 30, 2022
Hemsworth is a fine actor, yet he cannot impersonate Cavill. Cavill sculpted the role around his personal madness. As if we'd accept ANY actor to play Picard unless they were decades apart in age. It's never about entertainment, it's always about $$$
— Harvey Sandler (@transits) October 29, 2022
Fans all over social media as calling out the series, demanding this to be undone or saying that the best part of the show had been the Enola Holmes actor. While fans also state that the showrunner seems uninterested in making the show better, seeing that the first season and the second season had so much difference, some even wish to wait patiently to see how the actor would approach the role.
The third season of The Witcher is set to air on Netflix in the summer of 2023.