It has been said that playing the part of iconic DC superhero character Superman on the big screen tended to bring bad luck to the actor involved. The object lesson to that superstition was Christopher Reeve, who struggled with typecasting and ultimately an injury that paralyzed him from the neck down. Brandon Routh of “Superman Returns” seemed to follow suit in a dearth of roles following his portrayal of the Man of Steel. The “curse” no longer seems to hold however, given how British actor Henry Cavill came out just fine after three Superman outings in the DCEU. He even got into a major Netflix original production some time later.
And while he might still have greater recognition for being Superman in “Man of Steel” (2013), “Dawn of Justice” (2016) and “Justice League” (2017), it is for his Netflix series that Henry Cavill is making his way to Manila next month according to The Manila Bulletin. Said streaming series is “The Witcher,” based on the juggernaut Polish multimedia franchise that originally began as fantasy books by Andrzej Sapkowski that also got adapted into a long-running videogame series. Cavill stars as the main character Geralt of Rivia, a monster hunter and witcher (male witch) travelling across a continent in constant chaos.
Such has been the increasing popularity of Netflix original series in the Philippines that several stars and creators from these shows have started making this country one of their stops on their promotional tours. One notable case of this, months ago, is the dark comedy-drama “Insatiable,” the second season of which was hyped by its lead stars in the Philippines. It also helped that former Miss Universe Gloria Diaz was also guest-starring in the series as a caricature of herself. Cavill’s promotional event for Netlfix’s “The Witcher” will be on December 12 at the Ayala Malls Manila Bay Activity Center.
Henry Cavill’s leading role in this show is somewhat similar to Brandon Routh, who has found new popularity in the TV-based DC superhero setting of the “Arrow” verse in The CW. He will also reprise his Superman role during the Holiday crossover event “Crisis on Infinite Earths,” also starting December. “The Witcher” is being developed for Netflix by Lauren Smith Hissrich. While its debut on the global streaming giant is still on December 20, the series has already been assured of a second season two weeks ago on November 13.
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