The Witcher has finally arrived on Netflix. Henry Cavill, best known for playing Superman in the DCEU, has traded in his cape for a sword as the epic fantasy series has been brought to life on the small screen. So, how did Geralt of Rivia’s foray into the world of live-action go? That depends on who you ask, as critics and viewers seem to be starkly divided on the show.
According to Rotten Tomatoes, The Witcher season 1 has a critical approval rating of 57 percent, which makes it “rotten.” That’s likely not what Netflix had in mind when they decided to develop the big-budget fantasy series. However, fans have responded kindly, as the show currently holds a 92 percent audience rating. Needless to say, many critics and viewers aren’t seeing eye to eye on this one.
Critics and audiences disagreeing is nothing new. It seems to be happening more and more lately. Recently, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker also proved to be divisive in a similar way, on the movie side of things. And let’s not forget about Venom. Plus, Cavill is no stranger to such things, as the DCEU, in the early days, maintained a loyal fanbase, but movies like Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice were panned by critics. This is, in some ways, par for the course.
Here’s the synopsis for The Witcher season 1.
“Based on the best-selling fantasy series of books, The Witcher is an epic tale of fate and family. Geralt of Rivia, a solitary monster hunter, struggles to find his place in a world where people often prove more wicked than beasts. But when destiny hurtles him toward a powerful sorceress, and a young princess with a dangerous secret, the three must learn to navigate the increasingly volatile Continent together.”
Henry Cavill (Mission Impossible – Fallout, Justice League) leads the cast of The Witcher saga, playing the role of Geralt of Rivia, alongside other main cast members, Anya Chalotra (The ABC Murders, Wanderlust) as Yennefer and Freya Allan (The War of the Worlds, Into The Badlands) as Ciri. Other previously announced cast include Jodhi May (Game of Thrones, Genius) as Calanthe, Björn Hlynur Haraldsson (Fortitude) as Eist, Adam Levy (Knightfall, Snatch) as Mousesack, MyAnna Buring (Ripper Street, Kill List) as Tissaia), Mimi Ndiweni (Black Earth Rising) as Fringilla, Therica Wilson-Read (Profile) as Sabrina, and Emma Appleton (The End of The F**king World) as Renfri, Eamon Farren (The ABC Murders, Twin Peaks) as Cahir, Joey Batey (Knightfall, Strike) as Jaskier, Lars Mikkelsen (House of Cards, Sherlock) as Stregobor, Royce Pierreson (Wanderlust, Judy) as Istredd, Maciej Musiał (1983) as Sir Lazlo, Wilson Radjou-Pujalte (Jamillah & Aladdin, Dickensian) as Dara, and Anna Shaffer (Harry Potter) as Triss.
So what do you think? Have you checked out The Witcher on Netflix yet? Did you like it? Do you think it will get picked up for a second season? Join in on the conversation over on Facebook or Twitter!