Geralt video game actor Doug Cocker shares why he believes Henry Cavill left The Witcher, and points out his creative differences with Netflix.
As his finale approaches, Geralt video game actor Doug Cocker shares his thoughts on why Henry Cavill left The Witcher. Cavill's exit from the Netflix fantasy show has been the talk of the town for the past two months, as it aligns with his return of Superman in Black Adam's late-credits scene, aimed at bringing him back for more projects in the DC Universe , including a potential Man of Steel 2. However, those plans were ultimately shot down by new DC Studios heads James Gunn and Peter Safran, leaving Cavill with no path forward for now, and then partnered with Amazon to develop the Warhammer Cinematic Universe for Prime Video, while The Wizard moved on with Liam Hemsworth in 4. Season takes over as Geralt of Rivia.
According to Reddit user MAAAX547, Doug Cockle addressed the ongoing reports of Henry Cavill's The Witcher exit during his most recent appearance at MCM Comic-Con. The Geralt video game actor specifically noted Cavill's creative differences with the writers' room on the Netflix show, praising Cavill's love of the source material and acknowledging the show's various variations. Check out what Cockle had to say and a video of his discussion below:
If that's the case, I can completely understand that, because Henry is such a huge fan of the games and the books and the writers on the Netflix series have chosen, for whatever reason they did so, to deviate quite severely from the books and the games. Whether that's good or not? That's down to what you like. I personally don't understand the choice, but... there you go. I think that's why... Henry's leaving.
How The Witcher Show Differs From The Books
Although critics While both seasons of the show were generally well-received, The Witcher fans have proven to be critical of the Netflix series, especially what Andrzej Sapkowski's source material says. Various changes made. One of the more shocking changes came in season 2 of The Witcher, when Freya Allen's Ciri and Anya Chalotra's Yennefer met and began interacting for the first time, and those Anyone who cares about both the novel and the CD Projekt Red video game is looking forward to giving their mother-daughter-like relationship. Instead, their interactions are more threatening in the show, as Yennefer simply wants to sacrifice Ciri to the Mother of the Undying in hopes of regaining her magic, and Geralt loses trust in who should be one of his greatest loves.
Another major change in The Witcher books that irked fans was the relationship between Geralt and the traveling bard Jaskill, also known as Dandelion in the fantasy novels. Though considered a close friend of Geralt's in the books, in The Witcher show, the titular monster hunter often despises Jaskill and even puts him in danger, not necessarily caring whether he can survived the situation. wizard season 2 did see some closer bonding between the two characters, though in a season filled with changes from so many other books, it wasn't thought to be enough of a return to the source material.
Will Future Witcher Seasons Fix These Changes?
Reports of Cavill's creative variance on The Witcher in terms of altering the source material emerged after former writer Beau de Meo stated that the show's writing room had a strong dislike for Sapkowski's novel. As Cockle mentioned, although whether this was the reason for his departure from the series has yet to be confirmed, it is an understandable reason for him to leave the series given his passion for both fiction and video games. But, with showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich promising that season 3 of The Witcher will focus more on the original books, a move to a more faithful adaptation of Sapkowski's work could give the Netflix series Survive Liam Hemsworth season 4's splinter recast.