Netflix's hugely successful adaptation of The Witcher clearly managed to win over audiences, but critics, not quite so much. The first season received mostly mixed reviews from the critic community, but star of the series Henry Cavill thrives on everything written about the show, good or bad, particularly when it comes to his central performance.
"For me, it's vital to go about and read-I'm on all the Reddit forums. I'm reading all the reviews. I'm literally trying to get everyone's information. Some of it is not useful, and other criticisms are incredibly useful. I take it all in, and I look forward to bringing it even closer and closer to [The Witcher author Andrzej] Sapkowski's writing."
Henry Cavill must have a very thick skin to be able to browse the internet looking for people bad-mouthing his work, but it sounds like the actor is able to take such criticism on board and adjust his performance where he feels it is necessary. Cavill's role as Geralt is a largely unspoken one, with the character being very much the strong, silent type. The Man of Steel star spoke about the difficulty in portraying Geralt's inner dialogue on screen, saying that he was prepared for some disapproval.
"I think any of those criticisms, they often lie in things like I was saying - we don't have the advantage of a long involved conversation or dialogue with Geralt, so they are criticisms which I think I was prepared for. So for me, it's about seeing that, understanding it, and working out how I can do my job better within the framework provided, [how to] appease and make those people feel comfortable that I do actually understand this character - and love this character just as much as they do."
Cavill will return to the role of Geralt (before later browsing Reddit for reviews) when The Witcher commences production on August 17. The Witcher was one of the first major shows to shut down production amid the ongoing global circumstances.
The first season of follows a Witcher named Geralt, a mutated monster hunter, who struggles to find his place in a world where people often prove more wicked than beasts. Set on a fictional, medieval-inspired landmass known as "the Continent", The Witcher explores the legend of Geralt and princess Ciri, who are linked by destiny to each other. The first season tells a non-linear story and follows the three main protagonists at different points of time, exploring formative events that shaped their characters, before eventually merging into a single timeline.
Season 2 will stretch Cavill's acting muscles even more this time around, with showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich recently explaining that while Geralt of Rivia started out in the first season as a single-minded mercenary, season 2 will evolve that arc. "It's all protecting the sort of internal -- we call it his white knight syndrome -- his internal desire to be a hero and the sort of human emotions that he can't help but let filter through, even though he's determined to tell everyone that he doesn't have an emotional capacity," she said.
"I think a lot of that conflict is fun to play, and it's kind of all going to explode in Season 2. All of the times that we saw him withhold, all the times that we saw Geralt sort of internalize things as opposed to externalize, in Season 2 he's going to be confronted with that a lot more and has to make some different choices."