Fan Art of Henry Cavill in Arthas Movie - Should the Warcraft Movie Have Covered the Lich King?
Arthas has been at the forefront of
discussion recently, with an appearance in
, skins in
, and a new statue to kickstart the conversation. So it's no surprise that players once again are wondering how the
movie would have been received should it have focused on the story of Arthas becoming the Lich King instead of the early conflict between the Alliance and Horde.
Today redditor GeordieGamerGuy has shared a movie poster created by
featuring Henry Cavill as the role of Arthas, using his appearance from
fantasy series, which has reopened the debate:
Cavill is a notable
fan, with the oft-cited anecdote that he was
too busy playing WoW
to answer a call about
, so fans have been picturing him as Arthas for quite some time:
how the aesthetics of
already overlap with Arthas, which is unsurprising with their shared fantasy elements:
But besides Henry Cavill, there are other Hollywood actors that enjoy
World of Warcraft
, including members of the actual movie cast! Actor Rob Kazinsky, who played Doomhammer in
, was also a top-100 raider in past expansions, discussing his game memories in movie interviews. Over the years, he's hinted at interest in a Lich King movie, responding to
asking if he'd play the Lich King and encouraging
fans to buy movie DVDs
so one day we could see a movie covering Arthas' ascent to the Lich King.
Several months ago, director Duncan Jones
clarified on Twitter
was intended to be a trilogy focused on Durotan's promise to give his people a new home. In other words: no Lich King. But fans have often speculated if the initial
film would have been received better if it tackled the story of Arthas with a compelling hero-to-villain narrative and a tighter cast of characters. Regardless of the topic matter,
may also be better suited to a TV series over a movie, as the success of
Game of Thrones
shows that epic plotlines and a deep cast of characters can resonate with players if they have the proper exposition.
While the events of the actual movie served as an origin story for two iconic factions, the narrative was a bit rough to adapt to the screen, featuring a large ensemble cast of characters that were all dead before vanilla
began, constantly-changing locations, and rushed pacing that made it difficult for general audiences to connect with.
Warlords of Draenor
may have attempted to remedy players' unfamiliarity with the ensemble cast by revisiting figures like Durotan and Draka, but the movie delays meant that the film was released long after the expansion released and hype died down. The movie ended up being a financial success in China, but had poor showings internationally and the sequels were shelved.
Blizzard has come a long way since the events of the movie, with more in-game cinematics, HD cinematics, and cutscenes every expansion. For example, Blizzard released a
super-cut of the Saurfang cinematics
which totaled 23 minutes--roughly the length of a TV episode. While filming a brand-new
movie from scratch seems ambitious, hopefully we'll see more of Arthas' story dramatized as it's stood the test of time very well.
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