On Saturday, Netflix announced Henry Cavill’s departure from its fantasy drama series, The Witcher. While the show’s third season is currently in production and stars Cavill, the Man of Steel actor will be replaced by Liam Hemsworth as Geralt of Rivia from the fourth season. However, fans haven’t taken kindly to the announcement.
Many took to social media to register their displeasure, with some threatening they'll stop watching the series altogether. One fan was quite mindful of Hemsworth and wrote, "No offense to Liam Hemsworth but I gotta agree not sure I have any interest in a Witcher Series without Henry Cavill. He was perfect in the role. Huge bummer he’s leaving."
However, many fans weren’t as understanding. One user commented, "BOYCOTT THE WITCHER" while another fan went as far as threatening to cancel his Netflix subscription as a whole. The fan wrote "Having read reports now, If Netflix does not bring back Henry Cavill to the #Witcher and get rid of their disrespectful writers then that’s the end of my subscription."
In a statement released by Netflix, Cavill said goodbye to fans of the series. He stated that his journey as Geralt is over and he was passing the torch over to Hemsworth. He ended his address by admitting his excitement to see how Hemsworth will depict the character he has played since 2019.
Hemsworth also released a statement addressing his casting as Geralt, saying that he's a fan of the series and of Cavill’s depiction of the character. He commended Cavill for his time as Geralt and said it's honor to replace him.
Season 3 of The Witcher has already wrapped up filming but Netflix hasn't given it a specific release date yet outside of a Summer 2023 window. Fortunately, fans can look forward to the prequel series, The Witcher: Blood Origin, which is slated for release in December 2022. Blood Origin will explore the ancient Elven civilization, the Conjunction of the Spheres, and the creation of the first Witcher.
Apart from Cavill, Freya Allan and Anya Chalotra will reprise their roles as Ciri and Yennefer respectively in the forthcoming third season. Also, the new season will see the addition of Robbie Amell, Hugh Skinner, and Christelle Elwin, among others to the cast.
As for Cavill's fans, the Superman actor has confirmed his return to the now-renamed DC Universe following his cameo in Black Adam. It remains unclear what his next project for the James Gunn-led cinematic universe will be.