It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s the Witcher!
Unless you were gobbled by a wild demon (these things tend to happen), you probably know about Netflix’s upcoming The Witcher tv series. As of a couple of days ago, we were finally introduced to the face of our protagonist. Henry Cavill will play the main role, Geralt of Rivia. Cavill currently plays the role of Superman/Clark Kent in the current DC Movie Universe (Man of Steel, Batman V Superman, Justice League). Netflix’s The Witcher is planned for an eight-episode season. Lauren Schmidt Hissrich (Defenders, Daredevil) and Alik Sakharov (Game Of Thrones, House of Cards) are executive producers for the series. Hissrich is also showrunner. The tentative release date is early 2019 or 2020.
Something Wicked Comes…
Netflix has a decent reputation for releasing adaptions of beloved IPs. Thus, the hype is at a constant high for these things. The Witcher carries its own fanfare and for good reason. The Witcher started as a famed novel series by Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski. The books focus on Geralt of Rivia. Geralt is from a dying clan/cult of magical monster hunters called witchers. The story mostly surrounds Geralt struggling with the bleakness of his murderous lifestyle and the crumbling, haunted society that comes with it. The already widely-esteemed novels burst into full pop-culture phenomenon with the release of the critically-acclaimed video game series. There is no doubt that The Witcher has a big following. A lot of people will have their eyes on the tv series.
And Then Things Get Weird
With a strong fanbase, there will be strong opinions. The casting of Henry Cavill has had some mixed reactions from fans. Fans’ comments have ranged from embarrassed titillation to confusion. On one hand, there is satisfaction in the fact that Cavill is attractive. This is very shallow, but that is a point that can be made. On the other hand, some fans just don’t see it and don’t believe he should have been the pick. Some see it as a loss of opportunity for someone new. As a more casual Witcher fan, I don’t lean on either side. However, I can understand the second feeling. I am a big fan of Dr. Strange. Benedict Cumberbatch is enjoyable. However, I’m still not sure if I am a Benedict Strange fan (if that is a thing). All in all, we will have to wait and see.