Netflix’s The Witcher is a series that has already been surrounded by several disagreements, but there’s still plenty of hour before its release for Netflix to pull the series together and render something both the fans and Netflix themselves can be proud of. The Witcher is such an iconic series by this point that it will take a lot of endeavor if Netflix is to keep the already sizeable audience the series boasts. From the mythical animals hunted down by the serious and stoic Geralt of Rivia, to the colorful cast of witches and non-human characters alike, and even the complex socio-economic politics of the time in which The Witcher takes place, there’s plenty Netflix will need keep up with in order to impress longtime fans.
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8 The Hair
While fans of The Witcher haven’t find much from the new upcoming series, the brief teaser featuring the first look at Henry Cavill’s Geralt of Riveria. Let’s just say that fans were less than pleased at the nation of Geralt, and his majestic white hair. The jury is still out on whether or not Cavill will be able to fill the role in such a way that fans will agree with, but there’s certainly been an outcry as to whether or not Geralt’s hair is working, and it looks like he’ll have to take another trip-up to the nearest barber in Novigrad.
7 Poor Writing
A major misstep that Netflix’s The Witcher series needs to avoid is not having a script that is up to par. An important thing to remember is that The Witcher has already had two interpretations that were driven by excellent writing and world-building. The bar has already been set fairly high and with a character as beloved as Geralt, who many fans have spent hundreds of hours playing as it set the standard incredibly high for the series. However, Netflix has been pretty good about accommodating source material and respecting the legacy of the properties they’ve worked with, as we’ve insured with the Marvel properties and the most recent Umbrella Academy adaptation.
6 Poor Effects
A story about a magical platinum-haired ogre is bound to be heavily dependent on the effects budget that it has been alotted. If we as an audience are to believe that Henry Cavill has become Geralt and is, in fact, hunting Archgriffins, Nightwraiths, or a good ol’ manners Water Hag, then we’ll need to see some believable special effects. It’s not simply the magical animals that Geralt will spend the series hunting, but also the elves, dwarves, and witches around him along with the magical they use. Netflix seems to have no issues dumping large amounts of cash in series that they believe will succeed, so we’ll have to hope they’re willing to do something similar for Geralt.
5 The Creatures& The Hunt
The last thing that fans of the books and games want for the series is for it to be reduced to a simple formulaic hunt for this episode’s ogre with the occasional two-parter hurled in for good measure. The hunting, from Geralt’s perspective, is something that often takes a lot of time to prep for while gathering information from the locals. The ogres need to be larger than life, awe-inspiring, and majestic( or disgusting in a number of cases ), so the hunt for them and any information that could bring them down should be treated with the same reverence.
4 Brutal& Beautiful
Whether Geralt will be traveling through the bustling ports of Novigrad or traversing the beautiful peaks of Skellige, it’s all but guaranteed that Geralt will be either chasing threat or not too far from threat seeing him. It’s important that Netflix remember that Geralt’s world is expansive, astonishing, and incredibly frightening. One of the things that was so astonishing about The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt was just how vast it felt while somehow being filled to the brim with new and exciting things to do and detect. The Netflix series will be standing on the shoulders of a beloved book series filled with long-winded descriptions of The Continent, as well as the world Projekt CD Red built throughout the course of the games. Let’s only hope they can bring the complex world of The Witcher to life in a way that maintains it from Netflix’s all-too-active chopping block.
3 Henry Cavill’s Performance
One of the highest importance that will determine the fate of Netflix’s Witcher series will be the performance that Henry Cavill gives. What makes adapting a character that’s already been in both volumes and video games hard is that fact that some many people have already been Geralt in their own minds. It’s personal.
Which means that any choice Cavill makes that might skews from the audience’s vision of Geralt may be met with at least some disdain. Cavill does, however, have many fans fuelled up to see what he’ll be bringing to the beloved character. At this phase, all we can do is hope for the best. And maybe work on that hair.
It’d be pretty damn hard to have a Witcher series without Geralt trusty and faithful sidekick. No , not Vesemir. We’re referring to his trusty steed( s) Roach. Something that new fans of the most recent Witcher game may not know is that Roach is actually the name that Geralt gives all of his ponies. And while nobody likes to see innocent horses getting hurt or killed( losing Artax in the inundate of sadness still hurts ), there’s definitely the possibility of a operating gag surrounding Geralt’s many ponies all with the name Roach.
1 Socio-Economic Landscape
The Continent, the world that Geralt’s adventures take place in, is a complex world filled with warring kingdoms, magical creatures, mortals fighting for power, and non-humans fighting for basic rights in the majority kingdoms. Netflix’s The Witcher has the potential to become for them what Game Of Thrones became for HBO; A massively popular volume series that exploded onto screens because of its intricacies, a unique voice, and the willingness to take audiences to places they never expected to go. But all of that sprouts from the detail and passion George R. R. Martin put into his volumes, which made it is feasible to generate such a vibrant and wide-reaching reach. Let’s hope that Netflix can learn from failures like Marco Polo and make something genuinely epic for fans across the globe.
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