Netflix has announced plans to bring the cast of the upcoming Netflix TV adaptation of The Witcher to SDCC, as well as releasing a new cover and photos of the cast in costume. This will be the fan’s first glimpse into what they can expect from the much anticipated series since the infamous “potion sip” camera test of Henry Cavill from last October.
On the morning of July the 1st, Netflix posted new photos on their account @seewhatsnext, as well as revealed a new twitter for the series, @witchernetflix. IGN reported on the news, releasing the photos as well, reiterating Netflix’s announcement that “The Witcher will be heading to San Diego Comic-Con on July 19, at 2:15 PM in Hall H. Per Netflix, moderated by accomplished actress and host and beloved sci-fi fan Yvette Nicole Brown, the panel will include cast members Cavill, Chalotra, and Allan alongside showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich."
It seems to be unknown if other cast members will be joining them as of yet. The announcement - the photos in particular - was met with mixed responses from fans. Some were very excited, one user stating that they were “ready for this” accompanied by a gif from Futurama captioned “Shut up and take my money!” Others were more disappointed, saying that it looked “awful." A common complaint seemed to be that Yennefer and Ciri’s actresses didn’t look “slavic” enough.
This disappointment is typical of live-action adaptations of video games— this transmedia genre has been haunted by lukewarm receptions and commercial failures. While technically, Netflix’s The Witcher is an adaptation of the same novel series that the games are based on— making it more of a cousin rather than a direct adaptation of the games— it doesn’t seem to be able to escape being compared to the game series, as the bulk of its potential audience is coming from fans of the game. This is a tall order for the TV series to live up to, as the game is critically acclaimed for its “thoughtful, diverse, and frequently awe-inspiring adventure” and its stories that “are deep and satisfying, unafraid to touch on themes of personal character, presenting players with choices and consequences.”
With the newest poster showing Geralt with only one of his signature swords, it seems the show is already taking a bit of a different direction from the game series— whether the show will shape up to be a unique visual take on Geralt’s story as told by the novels or simply pale in comparison to the games, only time will tell. For now, anxious fans will be looking to the upcoming SDCC panel for more news.