Netflix Reveals New Pictures of The Witcher… Will it suck?
Netflix recently revealed the first official look at its highly anticipated show based on the successful book and video game franchise The Witcher. Fans of the franchise eagerly await news and promotional materiel as they debate the age old question “Will it suck?”.
Unfortunately when it comes to Netflix adaptations the track record is… hit and miss? If you were to search “Netflix Adaptation Meme” on Google you will get a visual representation of the general consensus. In short, the joke is that Netflix adaptations are low quality hack versions of the source material. Whether that accusation is warranted or not, fans of the franchise remain cautiously optimistic.
The show, in the minds of the fans, will be compared directly with the games which popularized the franchise. Those behind the show are quick to repeat the fact that the show is based on the books. However, it would not be wise for them to stray too far away from the game which popularized the source material to begin with.
With that said, what has been released up to this point has done little to quell the concerns of the fans.
The first teaser pictures of Henry Cavill as Geralt drew immediate comparisons to Legolas from the Lord of the Rings movies. Geralt is known for his rough battle hardened look while Legolas was young, soft skinned, and of course shared similarities with their long fair straight flowing hair. This quickly turned into mocking comparisons between Henry Cavill and any fictitious character with similar hair.
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These comparisons were clearly not the desired hope for the studio, and the conversation was beginning to slip away from them. Concerns over casting decisions and rumors lead some to fear the forced injection of social justice narratives. Given Netflix’s track record in this regard, those concerns are still alive and well.
Next came a series of leaked photos from The Witcher set. These photos featured behind the scenes looks at what looks to be Nilfgaardian soldiers. The focus of the internet was on the decidedly interesting design of the armor. Some went as far as to compare the armors design with male genitalia, and to be fair, it is rather difficult to refute this claim. Of course one must remember that these are raw amateur images without any post production whatsoever. I for one hope there is a lot of post production yet to be seen regarding this armor, but we must wait and see.
With all this out of the way now we can look at the pictures released yesterday via twitter. The pictures show clearer images of Henry Cavill as Geralt, Anya Chalotra as Yennefer, and Freya Allan as Ciri. We also got a look at the shows promotional poster shown in the beginning of this article. The jury is still out as to whether or not The Witcher will live up to the hopes of the fans but this latest batch of images are seemingly well received.