After the thrilling season three finale of Netflix’s fantasy drama The Witcher, fans bid farewell to Henry Cavill as he officially steps down from the iconic role of Geralt of Rivia. Cavill initially announced his departure on Instagram in October 2022, revealing that Liam Hemsworth would take over the role. While the reasons for Cavill’s exit have remained elusive, various conflicting stories have surfaced, leaving fans curious about the true motivations behind the decision.
One factor that may have played a role in Cavill’s departure is Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s pursuit of his passion project, Black Adam, in the DC Extended Universe. Johnson’s ambition for a Black Adam versus Superman movie, featuring Cavill, created complexities that impacted Cavill’s position as Superman. Unfortunately, the failure of Black Adam at the box office led Warner Bros. to rethink their plans, and Cavill’s return as Superman was ultimately scrapped, further fueling speculation about his departure from The Witcher.
Some fans speculate that creative differences between Cavill and the show’s producers, including showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich, might have contributed to the actor’s exit. Cavill, an ardent fan of The Witcher books and video games, reportedly wanted the show to adhere more closely to the source material, which may not have aligned with the vision of the show’s creative team.
In December 2022, a leaked script from a podcast raised further questions, alleging that Cavill had become disruptive on set, making unauthorized changes and causing delays. However, these claims remain unverified and should be taken with caution.
As Cavill departs, the show’s production team and cast have expressed their respect and admiration for the actor, making positive statements about the transition to Liam Hemsworth as the new Geralt. While the details of Hemsworth’s portrayal are still under wraps, the team promises a “flawless” and “lore accurate” transition.
The show’s fans are left speculating about what the post-Cavill Witcher will look like, with various theories ranging from multiverse concepts to a straightforward introduction of Hemsworth’s Geralt. Nonetheless, the show’s passionate following eagerly anticipates the new season to discover the fate of Geralt of Rivia, portrayed by the talented Liam Hemsworth.