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Netflix drops first glimpse at Dragon’s Dogma anime, coming September

Published: 25/Aug/2020 2:58 Updated: 3/Sep/2020 12:04

by Isaac McIntyre

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Dragon’s Dogma fans have finally been given a scintillating first look at the franchise’s 2020 anime series, after Netflix unveiled the Capcom show’s teaser trailer on August 24 ahead of its planned mid-September release date.

The Netflix trailer confirms Dragon’s Dogma will be focused around the story of Ethan, whose heart is taken by a dragon when he tries to save his family from its fiery wrath. He is returned to the land of the living as an “Arisen.”

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Ethan will also be joined in his quest for revenge by a “Pawn” named Hannah, in the same vein as Capcom’s 2012 action-slasher. The trailer promises plenty of action, gory violence, and undead battles ⁠— just what Dragon’s Dogma fans ordered.

Netflix has previously said they are looking to “bring the world of Dragon’s Dogma to life” in a faithful retelling. Many of the themes from the 2012 title ⁠— including Ethan’s inner war with a multitude of sins ⁠— do seem to have been included.

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Check out the full August 24 trailer here:

Back in May, Netflix wrote, “The story follows a man’s journey seeking revenge. On his way, the man is brought back to life as an “Arisen.” [The show is] an action-adventure about a man challenged by demons who represent the seven deadly sins of humans.”

The series’ computer-generated animation style is also on full show in the 2:29 trailer. Netflix appears to have settled on a cel-shaded production style similar to another animated series in its television catalogue, ‘The Dragon Prince.’

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Dragon’s Dogma is animated by Sublimation. The company’s representative director, Atsushi Koishikawa, said Sublimation had “long dreamed” of working on an anime like this Capcom adaptation, which is set for a September release date.

“We’re excited to bring our unique cel-shaded animation that carries hand-drawn textures to anime fans around the world,” Koishikawa continued. “We all feel very fortunate to work with Netflix through this production line deal.”

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Ethan will “battle the seven deadly sins” during his quest for revenge in ‘Dragon’s Dogma.’

Dragon’s Dogma will premiere on Netflix on September 17, and there has been no indication the titanic streaming service will knock back the anime’s penned-in release date.

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The Capcom video game adaptation joins a number of anime series under the ever-growing Netflix banner. The production company recently renewed Castlevania for a fourth season, and Ultraman for a return run.

A similar anime series, ‘The Idhun Chronicles,’ will also be airing in September alongside the Dragon’s Dogma release date. The Spanish project is based off the Idhún’s Memories book saga by Laura Gallego. It premieres on Sep. 10.

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Henry Cavill as Arthas in Warcraft 2 makes perfect sense: here’s why

Published: 7/Oct/2020 4:11 Updated: 7/Oct/2020 5:03

by Isaac McIntyre

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Okay World of Warcraft fans, it’s time to go all-in… Henry Cavill would make a perfect Arthas in Blizzard’s newly rumored Warcraft 2 revival, especially after proving he’s got the fantasy chops as Geralt of Rivia in Netflix’s The Witcher.

The original Warcraft movie came out back in 2016, and landed with mixed reviews. World of Warcraft fans loved it, of course; seeing characters like Anduin, Medivh, Gul’dan, and Durotan brought to life on the big screen was a dream come true.

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Critics and general audiences were less convinced. Duncan Jones’ high-fantasy romp in the world of Azeroth was dubbed a failure. A sequel was stamped ‘highly unlikely’ after the box office flop. 

Except, just four years later, the Warcraft rumor mill has thundered back to life. Legendary Entertainment has already green-lit a sequel, according to insider Daniel Ritchman, with Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson involved.

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Warcraft raked in just $47.4 million in the United States, but made $391.7m overseas.
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Warcraft raked in just $47.4 million in the States, but made $391.7m overseas.

And so, with Warcraft 2 reportedly in development, that leaves us with the biggest question for the sequel; what will the story be? Will the franchise take it step by step, and tell the story of “Tides of Darkness,” or head for a better-selling sequel?

In our opinion, Blizzard’s best bet for the sequel is to skip straight to “Reign of Chaos” and it’s genre-defining expansion “The Frozen Throne.” The third game’s storyline has plenty of ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Lord of the Rings’ elements.

Enter fantasy’s man of the hour, Henry Cavill.

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Arthas Menethil is key to Warcraft 3, and Cavill is a perfect pick to play him. The prince’s path to the throne is littered with huge battles, dastardly schemes, and of course, the biggest twist Blizzard’s Warcraft franchise has ever offered up.

Reason number one: I mean, look at Henry Cavill. That speaks for itself.

Henry Cavill in a fan-mockup depicting him as Arthas Menethil.
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Henry Cavill in a fan-mockup depicting him as Warcraft’s Arthas Menethil.

There are other reasons too though. One is that Cavill is a big World of Warcraft fan himself, meaning he’d likely be eager to sign on. I mean come on, the guy missed the news he had been cast as Superman because he was deep in a WoW raid.

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Former Blizzard figurehead Chris Metzen and Rise of the Lich King writer Christie Golden have both given Cavill’s fan-casting their tick of approval too; the Warcraft duo are well and truly “on the [Cavill as] Arthas train.”

Finally, Warcraft 2 will need ticket-selling star power. The first 2016 flick did have plenty of big names ⁠— Vikings lead Travis Fimmell was among them, as was Marvel’s Dominic Cooper ⁠— but none command the same household stardom as Henry Cavill.

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Cavill, 37, is a little old for Arthas in “Reign of Chaos” and “The Frozen Throne,” but if Legendary and Blizzard plan out a trilogy leading into “Wrath of the Lich King” ⁠— which they absolutely should ⁠— the British star will fit perfectly for Menethil’s final Warcraft hurrah.

Heck, cast a younger actor for the opening stage of the prince’s life, then bring Cavill in with a narrative time-jump in the third or fourth Warcraft movie.

Arthas Menethil and his path to the throne should be front and center in future Warcraft sequels.
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Arthas Menethil and his path to the throne should be front and center in future Warcraft sequels.

The Superman star isn’t the only name being linked to Warcraft 2 either. Fimmel is expected to return as Anduin in the sequel, as is Ben Schnetzer as Khadgar. Paula Patton has also said she’d “love” to return for another Warcraft outing.

The same insider reports that suggested Warcraft 2 is now in the works also tipped Jurassic World lead Chris Pratt as another star who has already been tabled a multi-movie deal.

Duncan Jones, who directed the 2016 release, also said he would happily return as long as there are “less cooks in the kitchen.” Blizzard has yet to officially respond to the reported new sequel, so take everything with a pinch of salt… for now.