A lot of people have been worried about the upcoming Netflix series based on Andrzej Sapkowski’s book series, The Witcher. The recent tweet from the writers room about immigrants seeking asylum triggered red flags the world around, as the typical phrase of “Get Woke, Go Broke!” went jettisoning across social media when the comments were spotted. However, in a surprising twist, Netflix seems to have settled on hiring in one of the more beloved actors of this generation to don the role of the White Wolf, Henry Cavill.
Bounding Into Comics is reporting that Cavill was recently announced for the role, and will play Geralt of Rivia. The news sent shock waves across social media, with The Witcher and Cavill instantly beginning to trend.
What’s fascinating is that Cavill was actually gunning for the role long before the announcement. In an interview with IGN Cavill admitted to having played The Witcher 3 and thought that it would be an amazing opportunity to step into the role of Geralt. This even spawned some fan images of what Cavill would look like in the White Wolf getup.
The original author of the series, Andrzej Sapkowski, will be consulting with the writing and production team. The series is being headed up by showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich, which has caused some controversy within the fandom. Despite having written for other Netflix shows such as Daredevil, The Defenders and Umbrella Academy, Hissrich’s social media comments and sociopolitically-charged posts have caused a lot of fans to give up on the series before the eight-episode show goes to air in 2019 or 2020.
Back on June 26th, 2018 Hissrich made a series of tweets addressing concerns from fans about whether Hissrich’s personal politics – for which many deemed fell on the side of being a Social Justice Warrior – would compromise the quality of the show. Hissrich wrote…
“The fear that my “SJW-ness” will be shoved into the show is palpable, and I get it (kinda). I post about politics because I’m a real person who dares to have real opinions about my country. That’s part of following me, so if that bugs you, go. Please. OR stay and hear me say the show IS political. (“No shit,” anyone who’s read the books is saying right now). But they’re not MY politics, or the writers’. Why? Because we’re professionals who have zero desire to use a tv show to justify our own collective liberal opinions because THAT’S FUCKING INSANE.
“Has anyone ever seen a one-sided debate? A bunch of characters who agree with each other in every scene, in some kind of weird dialogue-heavy circle jerk? No. BECAUSE… THAT’S FUCKING INSANE. So yes, there people in the Witcher world who fight for social justice. AND also people who believe in closing the borders and protecting what’s theirs, and neither side is presented as right or wrong because I’ve said from my first nanosecond on this project that the #Witcher world is grey and messy and awful and hopeful and awful again.
“The bad guys are sometimes the good guys, and the good guys sometimes disappoint the hell out of you. That’s fucking life, and it IS fucking insane, and THAT’S what we’re writing about.
“If you’re into that, stick around. We’re breaking Episode 105, and it’s killer.”
I imagine this is one of those scenarios where you’ll have to wait and see how it plays out to fully judge. To Hissrich’s credit she did not immediately dismiss all criticisms as fans being “racists”, “misogynistic” or “transphobic”. And unlike a lot of SJWs, Hissrich has taken the time to at least engage with some of her critics.
Nevertheless, this still doesn’t mitigate the overall concerns most fans have for a show being written by non-Polish. What’s more is that Netflix has had a string of SJW–themed shows and content, which has put some people off of the streaming service. We’ll see what happens with The Witcher when the first trailer drops sometime in the far off future.