Netflix held it’s Tadum event today (say it out loud), where it teased over 70 series and 28 movies. That’s a whole lotta content, so let’s just focus on some of the sci-fi and fantasy stuff, starting with Netflix going all in on its high fantasy hit The Witcher.
The first season of The Witcher dropped in 2020 and was an immediate hit; people couldn’t get enough of Henry Cavill as the taciturn Geralt of Rivia and his adventures hunting monsters around the Continent. It already led to an animated prequel movie called Nightmare of the Wolf, the announcement of a prequel series called Blood Origin, and a second season of the show due out December 17.
Today, Netflix announced that a third season is on the way…and that it’s making another anime film…and that it’s making another Witcher series aimed at kids. The Witcher Cinematic Universe, anyone?
On top of that, it dropped a pirate’s bounty of teasers and trailers, including a couple of looks at the upcoming second season. We have a clip of Geralt and Ciri (Freya Allan), who are getting to know each other after finally meeting up at the end of the first season…
…and a clip of Geralt talking to the monstrous-looking Nivellen, played by Game of Thrones veteran Kristofer Hivju (Tormund Giantsbane):
We also got a set tour of The Witcher: Blood Origin, which doesn’t have a release date yet but will probably be along sometime in 2022:
So yeah, Netflix is committing to The Witcher in a huge way. MCU, eat your heart out…I’m sure is what they want people to think. We’ll see how it all shakes out.
Watch a new trailer for Stranger Things season 4
Netflix has released yet another new teaser for the long-in-coming fourth season of Stranger Things, and it’s the best yet. We actually have several of our principal characters — including Steve, Dustin, Lucas and Max — in a scene together, investigating a creepy old mansion. And I love the spooky 1950s opening:
As when Stranger Things 4 will come out, all we know is “2022.”
Watch the first official teaser trailer for The Sandman
This one is very cool: check out the first-ever footage from Netflix’s ambitious adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s dense symbolist tome The Sandman. Below is the scene where wealthy industrialist Roderick Burgess (Game of Thrones alum Charles Dance, Tywin Lannister himself) gets some of his arcane buddies together to summon and imprison Death (Kirby Howell-Baptiste) with the purpose of unlocking the secret of immortality. Instead they capture Death’s brother Dream (Tom Sturridge), and thus begins a journey you’re going to have to see to believe:
Sturridge looks just about perfect as the glowering, ghostly pale Dream. All we get about a release date is that the show is “coming soon.” Yes please.
Watch a teaser trailer for Vikings: Valhalla
Netflix also gave us a look at Vikings: Valhalla, its follow-up to the popular History show all about the kinda-real-but-mostly-fake-or-at-least-heavily-embellished history of the Viking people. This one is set about a century later and follows a group of well-known Viking figures, including Leif Eriksson (Sam Corlett) and Freydís Eiríksdóttir (Frida Gustavsson). Watch below:
Vikings: Valhalla is also coming in 2022
And that’s only a taste of what Netflix showed off at Tadum! How about the opening credits to its live-action remake of Cowboy Bebop, which drops on November 19?
Or how about a trailer for Arcane, a new show set in the League of Legends universe?
Then there’s the trailer for the Korean horror series Hellbound, which also drops on November 19:
Clearly, it’s Netflix’s world and we’re just living in it.