After expressing interest in portraying Geralt in Netflix’s upcoming series adaptation of The Witcher last month, Henry Cavill got exactly what he wanted. It’s now official, folks: The Superman actor will star in The Witcher!
He posted something cheeky about it on Instagram, and then showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich fired off this tweet to welcome him to the Witcher family:
He was my first meeting. I didn’t have writers or scripts yet – just a greenlight and a lot of passion. That was four months ago, and I’ve never forgotten the passion he brought. He IS Geralt. He always has been. I’m so thrilled to welcome HENRY CAVILL to the #Witcher family.
— Lauren S. Hissrich (@LHissrich) September 4, 2018
After that, a press release was sent out that included a ton of information on the series, including its plot, directors, and more.
Of note, Hissrich is no stranger to Netflix, having worked on Marvel’s The Defenders, and neither is director/executive producer Alik Sakharov, who worked on House of Cards (and Game of Thrones for HBO!). Alex Garcia Lopez (Luke Cage) will direct a couple of episodes, as will Charlotte Brändström (Outlander, Counterpart). In all, there will be eight episodes of The Witcher produced.
The official synopsis for The Witcher is as follows:
Based on the best-selling fantasy series, The Witcher is an epic tale of fate and family. Geralt of Rivia, a solitary monster hunter, struggles to find his place in a world where people often prove more wicked than beasts. But when destiny hurtles him toward a powerful sorceress, and a young princess with a dangerous secret, the three must learn to navigate the increasingly volatile Continent together.
But now for the question you’re likely most interested in:
What does this mean for his Cavill’s future as Superman?
Honestly? Not much.
Look, I know that others will call me crazy, and that I’m probably going to be firmly in the minority here by not joining the “This means he’s FINISHED as Superman!” brigade, but hear me out.
I checked. The series is only set to film from November to May. That means Henry will be done just nine months from now. Warner Bros. already has a full dance card of other DC projects that will be filming until then, so a Man of Steel sequel wasn’t going to film until later next year anyway (assuming they ironed out a new contract). With Joker, Birds of Prey, and The Batman all said to be filming between now and next summer (with The Flash also supposedly set to film somewhere in there, too), it’s just a fact that there was no way they’d be filming a Superman movie prior to next May.
So no, working on The Witcher does not preclude Cavill from reprising Superman or signing a new deal.
Just look at his manager’s other big client. Dany Garcia manages Dwayne Johnson, who manages to film 17 movies a year and somehow finds the time to shoot full seasons of his HBO series Ballers in between them all. So she knows a thing or two about managing her client’s schedules so that they can juggle multiple projects.
Breathe easy, folks.
I’m not saying he’s a lock to return as Superman, as there’s some serious compromising that has to happen for a new deal to be reached, but I’m pointing out the simple fact that this Witcher gig doesn’t mean a thing for his future as the Man of Steel. If anything, it further explains why the negotiations have grown so complex- after initially being viewed as a mere formality and a foregone conclusion. Hissrich says they met four months ago, which means May- which was right around the time things hit a standstill with his Superman negotiations.
Maybe he was so adamant about creating time for The Witcher that the studio had to pump the brakes on their plans for him? After all, the month prior- in April- both Collider and myself were hearing all about how they wanted to beef up Cavill’s presence in the DCU. I’d even heard that they wanted to fast-track things with the hope of getting a Superman Sequel into theaters in 2020. Cavill wanting to work on The Witcher likely wasn’t great news for them, then.
It all makes a little more sense now, doesn’t it?
Still, with Mission: Impossible- Fallout finally opening in China last Friday, this means Cavill is now free of his press duties and has some time to resume discussions with Warner Bros. before The Witcher starts up in November. I remain cautiously optimistic that they’ll figure everything out.
Lastly, I hear Superman is said to play a decent part in the Supergirl movie, and I can confirm that film’s on a fast track. So it’s very possible that Cavill- or who ever ends up being the Superman of DC’s cinematic future- will be filming their performance in that movie during the latter half of next year.
Don’t lose hope, folks. After all, that is what Cavill’s Last Son of Krypton is all about, isn’t it? Hope.