When news came that Henry Cavill had the starring role for the upcoming Netflix adaptation of The Witcher, the fans became anxious.
How can Cavill replicate the intimidating appearance and attitude of Geralt of Rivia? Will we see him as Geralt or just Henry Cavill with white hair and cool-looking armor?
This was around the time when people were still having fun with the fact that Cavill’s mustache had to be digitally removed for Justice League and resulted in some unflattering images.
But now that the trailer and the promotional images are out, fans are no longer that worried about the adaptation.
A Massive Following Eager to Welcome New Fans
When it comes to series and movies, it’s always a good thing to have a built-in fanbase. This ensures that there will be people talking about the show no matter what.
Why is this important? Word-of-mouth adds more viewers in the long run. If it’s a really good series, it can get picked up for the awards season.
The Witcher has a huge fanbase. And unlike Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, or even The Lord of the Rings, this one goes beyond books.
While everything did start from Andrzej Sapkowski’s Polish fantasy novels known as the Witcher Saga, it has also been adapted into TV, film, and video games.
The video games were highly successful. CD Projekt Red made three acclaimed The Witcher games and they’ve since sold more than 40 million copies.
Even Henry Cavill himself is an avid fan of the games. Thus, we’re not exaggerating when we say that tens of millions of people are eagerly waiting for the Netflix series to come out.
A Fantasy Story That Could Rival ‘Game of Thrones’
The Witcher is a fantasy series with a fully realized world. It’s not like other series that fails to create a believable world beyond just having dragons, elves, and magic.
The show does have magic and elves as well, but it goes beyond that. It knows that spectacle is not enough to keep viewers engaged. The Witcher invests in its characters and overall story as well.
Here, you’ll follow Geralt of Rivia. He kills monsters for a living — but his life will soon change as he meets other humans and creatures of all sorts.
Do you want to see werewolves and vampires? How about dryads and large, terrifying beasts? You’ve got all that and more in the world of The Witcher.
The Netflix Adaptation Offers Something New for Everyone
Even if you’ve read all the books and played all the video games, you still won’t know what’s exactly going to happen in the Netflix series. The upcoming show isn’t a page-for-page adaptation and will even add in some new elements.
Series creator Lauren Schmidt Hissrich is excited about The Witcher — and we should all be. He’s worked on great shows like The Umbrella Academy and Daredevil.
More importantly, he understands The Witcher’s value in how we understand the concept of family. We still don’t know the exact release date, but we’re just glad it’s coming out before the end of the year.