Much contention has been made about Netflix bringing The Witcher to its streaming service. Although most of that noise has come from non-Polish people upset that the series isn’t an adaptation of CD Projekt Red’s epic game trilogy, but rather of their source material, the original books by Andrzej Sapkowski.
Another point of controversy is the casting. Henry Cavill, fresh off of his time portraying Superman – a time defined by some dismal films and unfortunate instances of CGI shaving – was cast as Geralt of Rivia, the lead character, and ‘Witcher’ of the title. There was immediate backlash, with his casting prompting the memeification of this series’ PR campaign, almost destroying the show before it even began filming.
Fortunately, these new images should put an end to all that internet whinging. These new pics give us a much stronger sense of the series’ vision, giving us a glimpse into what shape they want their form of The Witcher to take. Even if that vision could be handily summed up in just three little words, ‘Game of Thrones’. Regardless of originality, the costume design looks great – authentic without sacrificing personality – and the casting, while featuring some talent in their first major role, are managing to evoke their characters in just a handful of images. Freya Allan looks suitably mysterious as the elusive Ciri, and Anya Chalotra looks fearsome in furs as Yennifer.
The cast and crew of The Witcher to host Hall H with Panel at San Diego Comic Con on the 19th of July.