The sole reason for Henry Cavill’s exponential rise and catastrophic demise in the modern era of cinema begins and ends with Superman. But that is not the sole reason for the magnificent career that the British actor has built for himself in the meantime. Perhaps the biggest A-lister nerd existing inside the walls of the industry, Cavill has garnered a reputation for single-handedly making entire IPs and edgy remakes of pre-established characters into full-blown critical successes.
But his status, talent, and dedication to bringing his love of lore to the screens didn’t prove enough in the end. Time was not on his side and creative fallout only happened to be the final nail to the coffin for The Witcher actor, before he considered permanently resigning from the role of Geralt of Rivia.
Henry Cavill’s The Witcher Exit May Stem From Exhaustion
The latter half of 2022 has been riotous, to say the least. James Gunn, the reconstruction of DC, and Henry Cavill – three phrases in a single sentence that has managed to strike fear and fury in the heart of the fandom every single time they were mentioned in unison. Amid the rising chaos and the short-lived celebrations, Cavill’s exit from The Witcher managed to push the actor’s fanbase right off the edge. There was no time to hold out hope for his return, with Netflix simultaneously releasing an official statement declaring Liam Hemsworth as Cavill’s replacement.
The reports that marred every social media page, website, tabloid, periodical, and journal were about Henry Cavill, for better or worse. The light was increasingly blaring in its intensity when it was directed toward the show’s writers, and rightfully so, considering how the Season 2 finale managed to introduce an entirely new creature (never-before-seen in Andrzej Sapkowski’s mythology) and that too, quite unsuccessfully at that. But it seems creative difference may not have been the sole reason behind Henry Cavill quitting the show he advocated so strongly for.
Rumors claim that the Netflix production worked him too hard for Cavill to find time for other projects. The initial reports from Deadline cited the actor’s busy schedule as a plausible reason for his exiting the show. There might after all be a grain of truth to the matter, considering Cavill had been in talks with DC for quite some time about his role as Superman and had only just announced his return a few days prior to The Witcher news being made public.
Henry Cavill’s Inimitable Legacy as Geralt of Rivia
Henry Cavill’s Geralt was a class of his own. Swaggering, broody, precise in his words, and where he put his blade – the character from Sapkowski’s universe was borne into a world whose fascination toward epic fantasy raged at an all-time high, especially with the highly talked about and critically dissatisfying end of Game of Thrones. In this new world called the Continent that was witnessed through the lens of three characters – constantly aligning, merging, and drifting toward and away from each other – The Witcher didn’t have to wait long to rise to acclaim.
The biggest contributing factor, however, in unanimous agreement, happens to be Henry Cavill’s inimitable role as Geralt of Rivia. With him gone and the younger Hemsworth sibling taking his place, it’ll be a matter of performing a great and astounding feat in order to pull off a Geralt that will forever live in the shadows of Henry Cavill.
The Witcher season 3 premieres on Netflix in 2023. A release date hasn’t been officially confirmed yet.
Source: Recap Junkie