The First Trailer for Netflix’s The Witcher Actually Has Me Very Excited
Netflix has finally given us a gift by dropping the first trailer for The Witcher series, and as a fan of the novels, I'm looking forward to it even more now.
Whether you’re a fan of the books, the video games, or you just want to see how well Henry Cavill can portray the series’ well-known character, Geralt of Rivia, The Witcher was destined to be made into a proper movie or TV series. Rumors have been floating around for a few years about The Witcher being turned into a series, but nothing was set in stone until last year when the official announcement was made. Moving forward with production, Netflix and showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich kept things pretty tight under wraps during filming, with both parties barely releasing any information on the show.
When Henry Cavill gave us a first at the series’ rendition of Geralt last fall, fans of the series (including myself) were a little skeptical. Henry Cavill, the man who played Superman (including his CGI-ed mouth) is going to portray our precious Geralt? The initial reactions weren’t the most welcoming, and Cavill’s acting skills once again came into question. If you’re like me, then you have been waiting for Netflix to release a trailer for its upcoming The Witcher series, and just a few days ago it finally happened at San Diego Comic-Con.
As a fan of the book series, I hoped and prayed that Netflix wouldn’t mess this up. They’ve created some great shows over the years, but now they were playing with fire; Netflix was taking a world and beloved characters (from the books created by Andrzej Sapokowski) and making a TV adaptation. I’m not saying this couldn’t be done, but we know from past events what happens when a beloved book or series is turned into a movie or show. I don’t like to bring up old wounds, but do we remember what happened with Avatar: The Last Airbender?
I’ve Become A Little Obsessed With this Trailer
There were a few things that stood out to me — some I liked and one thing I didn’t. First up, Geralt from the wig down to the cold stare was done well. I just have to hear more dialogue to know if Cavill has really captured Geralt of Rivia since he didn’t talk much in the trailer. One thing I am glad the trailer touched base on was what Witchers do. They hunt monsters for money and that’s it. Having that in the trailer gives people who haven’t read the books or played the games an outlook on what Geralt does for a living.
Some others might not agree with me on this, but Yennefer isn’t the highly attractive woman that we witnessed in The Witcher 3. In the books, Geralt describes her as attractive, but she couldn’t be a great beauty. Damn, Geralt, there we go with that honesty again. The trailer did well to show Yennefer’s character as she was born deformed with a hunchback, but then you see her later in the trailer, and she doesn’t look the same, meaning she’s come into her power. Yennefer isn’t my favorite character in the books or the games, but despite all that, she becomes a powerful sorceress. I’m interested in seeing how the show handles her.
Now onto Ciri, she’s perfect, at least as far as live actions go. The books didn’t describe Ciri in a plethora of details, and the description was very vague. “She had fair hair, ashen white complexion, and large impetuous green eyes.” So far, Netflix has done all three of those things so check, check, and check.
One Thing About the Trailer I Didn’t Like
Geralt’s medallion is different than the intricate design in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. I like that one better than the one in the books because it’s just round with a wolf head stamped on it. That’s it, that’s my only complaint.
The trailer is largely great and has restored my faith in what Netflix can produce when they have the right team. I know I’m getting a little ahead of myself, but I look forward to watching this series when it releases.
As of now, there’s no official release date for The Witcher series from Netflix, but we know it’s coming later this year. So in the meantime, check out the Comic-Con trailer above, and watch it multiple times just like me.
Also, don’t forget to check out Twitter and read the countless hilarious thirst tweets left for Henry Cavill. Oh, and go read the books. I promise you won’t be disappointed because they’re great, and it’ll give you some time to catch up on at least the first book. If you want, you can skip the short stories, but I suggest you don’t. Start with Blood of Elves, which is the beginning of the novels and the main story and go from there. You’ve only got a couple of months before this show drops, so get to reading.