Did bad writing drive Henry Cavill away from ‘The Witcher?’ And if so, who do we fire?

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It might not just be about Superman: The Witcher fans have been digging into old stories and seem to think Henry Cavill is leaving the series at least in part because he doesn’t like the writing and the way the show is developing Geralt. And they have pretty convincing receipts:

One of the former writers on The Witcher outed other writers as being dismissive of the source material — source material that Cavill was reportedly a  big fan of — in a recent interview with IGN.

“I’ve been on show – namely Witcher – where some of the writers were not or actively disliked the books and games (even actively mocking the source material),” DeMayo explained. “It’s a recipe for disaster and bad morale. Fandom as a litmus test checks egos, and makes all the long nights worth it. You have to respect the work before you’re allowed to add to its legacy.”

In this piece from The Hollywood Reporter last year, it’s revealed that Cavill loved The Witcher‘s original material and lobbied hard for the role, even being willing to audition for it despite being a movie star:

“I pursued, pursued, pursued,” Cavill says of the role. “A couple months after they had gone through their casting process, my agent called and said, ‘They’ve asked you do an audition — you don’t have to do this.’ I’m like, ‘I’ll do it.’ They said, ‘Really? Are you sure?’ I said, ‘Of course. It’s The Witcher.’”

The piece also revealed that he was growing frustrated that the material was not hewing as closely to the source material as he liked, and that he wanted Geralt to be given more dialogue and emotional depth instead of just walking around grunting all the time:

After the success of season one (which included spawning several spinoffs in development), Cavill sent Hissrich a flurry of emails with ideas for how to take the second season to the next level. “The lockdown was an opportunity to look at everything — let’s review that,” Cavill says. “How about we tweak it this way? How about we adapt that?”

In particular, Cavill wanted Geralt to open up more to the audience. “A lot of the notes he was sending to me were about Geralt’s dialogue — could he, first of all, say more,” Hissrich says. “Everybody came out of season one laughing and loving Geralt’s fuming. But Henry was saying that when you read the books you spend a lot of time in Geralt’s head. So how can we put that on the page? Meanwhile, I wanted to tell the story of him becoming a father figure to Ciri. So those two things coalesced wonderfully. He opens up to get Ciri to trust him, by speaking his mind and his heart more.”

So, yeah. It sounds like Cavill loved the original material and was thrilled to be a part of the project, but eventually grew frustrated with the writers’ room’s lack of respect for the source material and used the Superman role as his way out.

Fans have started a Change.org petition to fire the writers and keep Cavill but methinks it’s too little, too late.

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