Love The Witcher? Here Are 10 Shows and Movies To Watch Next

Going through Witcher withdrawals? Catch star Henry Cavill in his best roles or indulge in some of TV and streaming's best fantasy offerings.

by | December 29, 2021 | Comments

Henry Cavill in The Witcher season 2

(Photo by Susie Allnutt/Netflix)

Season 2 of Netflix series The Witcher has given fantasy fans life this holiday season. The series follows the adventures of monster-hunter Geralt of Rivia (Henry Cavill) and the sorceresses he loves. Based on Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski’s popular book series — which also spawned a hugely popular video game franchise — the program found its narrative footing in its s second season and further established the storylines for fan-favorite characters like Ciri (Freya Allan) and Yennefer (Anya Chalotra) while expanding the show’s lushly brooding universe.

It’s a safe bet that The Witcher is Netflix’s most-successful original fantasy series to date. The program’s second season racked up 142 million hours streamed in its first week on the platform. Those big numbers solidify the series’ standing, which has already been renewed for a third season at Netflix.

Waiting for a new season can be tough, so if you’ve finished binging season 2 of The Witcher and are itching for more Cavill or simply require killer monster-hunting fun in your life, here are 10 fantasy shows and movies to watch next.

The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf is The Witcher’s first official spinoff. The animated movie ventures far into the past and follows a man named Vesemir (Theo James), whose name may sound familiar to fans of Netflix’s flagship series as he was the one who trained Cavill’s Geralt. In this standalone tale, Vesemir is on the hunt for an insidious beast that stalks the forested area near the kingdom of Kaedwen. The drama that unfolds finds Vesemir’s future put in the balance as Lady Zerbst (Mary McDonnell) and a sorceress named Tetra (Lara Pulver) discuss whether it’s best they rid the world of witchers entirely.

Where to watch: Netflix

Tom Cruise, bombastic action sequences, and jaw-dropping stunts — these are just a few things audiences have come to expect from a Mission Impossible movie. Fallout delivers on those fronts while also standing out in the franchise as the first installment to be a direct sequel to its previous movie, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation. Ethan Hunt (Cruise) and his team get into the usual tricky espionage mess with Cavill delivering a brutishly violent performance that stands out as one of his best. He plays August Walker, a towering spy sidekick assigned to make sure Ethan doesn’t stray from the mission. To say that they butt heads would be putting it mildly.

Where to watch: streaming by subscription on Paramount+ and on demand for sale (Vudu) or rent (Amazon, Apple TV, others)

Castlevania follows Trevor Belmont, our main monster-fighting hero, as he ventures on a quest to stop Dracula – the evil vampire who killed his wife Lisa – from destroying all of humanity as we know it. The series is chock full of the horror and action one would expect from an anime adaptation of the iconic games. But what makes it stand out from the pack, aside from the visceral gore that permeates the show’s fight sequences, is the fact that, while the program is mostly inspired by Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse, the show picks and chooses story elements and characters from the entries in the game series to create a unique world all its own.

Where to watch: Netflix, 4 seasons

Monster-hunting is in Geralt’s blood and considering the found family dynamic that plays out in season 2 with Ciri, it makes complete sense to add Supernatural to this list. Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean Winchester (Jensen Ackles) are in the business of battling demons, vampires, werewolves, angels, and more. The monster-of-the-week formula of the series was just one of the reasons why the CW program lasted as long as it did. Supernatural is built on the emotional bond between the hero brothers and has a wonderful sense of humor that permeates many of the program’s episodes. It may have been a network television series, but the horror and sci-fi elements featured throughout the series, along with the show’s memorable characters and deeply complex mythology, make it a worthy watch for any Witcher fan.

Where to watch: Netflix, 15 seasons

It’s about time a different member of Sherlock Holmes’ family gets the spotlight. Enola Holmes followed through on that notion by putting Sherlock’s younger sister (played by Millie Bobby Brown) front-and-center for her own adventure. Based on the YA novel series by Nancy Springer, the Netflix movie finds the precocious sibling getting into a fair share of trouble while solving a mystery or two of her own. It’s worth pointing out that there are no monsters to kill in this movie; however, Henry Cavill does show up as the most dashing, jacked Sherlock Holmes we’ve seen on-screen since Robert Downey Jr. took part in a bare-chested brawl in Guy Ritchie’s 2009 film.

Where to watch: Netflix

It may be that you watched The Witcher because you loved Game of Thrones. When the Netflix fantasy epic first dropped, Game of Thrones comparisons were tossed around with reckless abandon. And that is understandable, given the fact that the HBO series completely changed how genre television worked. Game of Thrones set the standard for fantasy world-building and explored dysfunctional family dynamics and political complexities that exist within the grandiose fictional realm known as Westeros. It is built upon the existing fandom of George R.R. Martin’s books and, over the course of eight seasons, held court as one of the most popular television shows across the globe — much like The Witcher’s pre-existing book and video game fan base. Oh, and if you’re looking for some epic monster battles, the show is chock full of dragons, has a pesky red witch to deal with, and the White Walkers are simply terrifying.

Where to watch: HBO Max, 8 seasons

The Wheel of Time is Amazon Prime Video’s first big-budget fantasy series. Based on Robert Jordan’s best-selling books, the show follows Rosamund Pike as Moiraine, a formidable Aes Sedai (a woman who can channel the One Power), as she goes on a journey to find the Dragon Reborn — the latest manifestation of a person, man or woman, with the skill to take on the Dark One, resulting in either humanity’s salvation or its destruction. The program’s Chosen One motif has sparked many comparisons to Lord of the Rings (the books drew huge inspiration from J.R.R. Tolkien’s work), and The Wheel of Time holds recognizable genre details — monsters, large battles, magic, an epic road trip, and more — that will surely appeal to viewers plagued with Witcher withdrawals.

Where to watch: Amazon’s Prime Video, 1 season

Cavill’s portrayal of Superman was the introduction, for many audiences, to the charm and emotional depth the actor regularly brings in his work. He first appeared in Man of Steel, bringing a sense of purpose, but also vengeful rage, to the superhero story. The follow-up, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, further complicated matters as he tried to clear his name while facing off against the Caped Crusader, bringing the two comic book heavy-hitters together on the big screen along with Wonder Woman (DC fans’ first look at Gal Gadot as the character), and opening up DC’s cinematic universe, in the process. Zack Snyder’s Justice League found Cavill reuniting with Ben Affleck‘s Batman and Wonder Woman in the four-hour-long installment – DCEU’s longest-running release to date. As polarizing as these movies have been among fans, it’s easy to see why Cavill has returned to the role of Superman again and again. He’s just that fun to watch.

Where to watch: HBO Max

The Tudors is not a fantasy series, nor are there any otherworldly beasts that need to be defeated here. This is a work of historical fiction that follows the exploits of King Henry VIII (Jonathan Rhys-Meyers). So why is the show on the list? Cavill, of course. He plays Charles Brandon, the 1st Duke of Suffolk, and a close friend of King Henry. The show has a fair share of political intrigue, brutal action, and lascivious drama. And if you’re in need of more Cavill on your television screen, you really can’t go wrong by plugging into The Tudors to get your fix.

Where to watch: Showtime, 4 seasons

No monster-fighting list would be complete without 1981’s Clash of the Titans. The movie brought Greek mythology to the big screen and followed Perseus (Harry Hamlin), the son of Zeus (Laurence Olivier), as he pursues the quintessential hero’s journey to battle a cavalcade of monsters in order to rescue Princess Andromeda (Judi Bowker). Ray Harryhausen’s stop-motion effects are a true highlight here. If you’re keen on a Greek mythology double feature and/or prefer CGI and don’t mind their low Tomatometer scores, try 2010’s Clash of the Titans remake starring Sam Worthington as Perseus and Liam Neeson as Zeus or Tarsem Singh’s 2011 film Immortals, with action and big monster battles and starring a frequently shirtless Cavill as Theseus and Luke Evans as Zeus. You’ll thank us later.

Where to watch: HBO Max

On an Apple device? Follow Rotten Tomatoes on Apple News.

Tag Cloud

dceu LGBT cartoon superman trailers Dark Horse Comics criterion 2016 Spike Polls and Games TV movies scary movies mission: impossible comedies SXSW Amazon Prime a nightmare on elm street MGM 73rd Emmy Awards 2015 Vudu strong female leads king kong FOX Arrowverse summer TV preview BBC DirecTV series Marvel supernatural kong Rom-Com basketball book Musical crime drama werewolf Pacific Islander Holidays Alien comic book movie Kids & Family based on movie Heroines docudrama Anna Paquin USA Binge Guide American Society of Cinematographers El Rey halloween Nat Geo 90s concert 1990s Travel Channel docuseries Horror 2018 Fargo Nominations Fantasy ViacomCBS SDCC Brie Larson Turner toy story trophy slasher franchise mockumentary cops Turner Classic Movies YouTube Premium Prime Video 24 frames rotten movies we love CBS PaleyFest nfl VOD HBO Best Director Avengers 4/20 Baby Yoda BAFTA Walt Disney Pictures Britbox Disney+ Disney Plus Reality Competition 93rd Oscars vs. adventure toronto summer preview comic books Valentine's Day Sundance Now spider-verse Premiere Dates Thanksgiving Awards Tour Showtime canceled rt labs hispanic heritage month 45 Best and Worst IFC Films Family indiana jones obituary Lifetime Winners documentary boxing independent Television Critics Association Best Actress spain directors Universal National Geographic Mudbound SXSW 2022 blockbuster casting Ovation Mary Poppins Returns Neflix Exclusive Video Paramount Plus adenture blaxploitation Pride Month italian wonder woman Writers Guild of America crossover south america Superheroes Black History Month Disney Plus MTV fast and furious justice league zero dark thirty anime Bravo DC Universe 21st Century Fox Shondaland japan prank technology Funimation richard e. Grant WarnerMedia 2020 miniseries Toys marvel comics elevated horror Tumblr Extras psycho OneApp crime A24 hist Lionsgate Lucasfilm political drama Teen Legendary APB Ellie Kemper emmy awards 2017 saw dragons 007 Logo movie hispanic President sports Pop TV Trailer dc SundanceTV popular Spectrum Originals 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards satire Animation ABC Family Opinion festival Marvel Television scene in color telelvision Wes Anderson Creative Arts Emmys Rock christmas movies Calendar Hollywood Foreign Press Association Fall TV classics Marvel Studios true crime lord of the rings archives Elton John australia VICE Western TCM transformers cancelled Awards Film Apple TV Plus Year in Review IMDb TV Music green book gangster cars Reality stand-up comedy Food Network razzies Trophy Talk Shudder facebook space VH1 USA Network stoner all-time summer TV composers Biopics spanish language Sony Pictures Comics on TV TV Land king arthur Certified Fresh Comedy Central YA BET Awards blockbusters BBC One Freeform period drama RT21 black comedy Epix MCU high school Marathons San Diego Comic-Con war First Look YouTube biopic godzilla debate The Arrangement nbcuniversal finale X-Men spy thriller BBC America ghosts Video Games jamie lee curtis rom-coms Tokyo Olympics Song of Ice and Fire FX on Hulu canceled TV shows Pet Sematary dramedy revenge Academy Awards game show dogs joker mutant genre science fiction Rocky Women's History Month See It Skip It movies parents women sag awards Nickelodeon scary Watching Series black A&E teaser E! posters cooking aapi natural history ITV mob IFC Set visit thriller Comedy robots GLAAD royal family Musicals kaiju batman name the review spider-man Sci-Fi DC streaming service Interview universal monsters target international Infographic die hard E3 Ghostbusters Summer child's play animated marvel cinematic universe cinemax Pirates sitcom cults Cartoon Network Disney The Academy discovery Action Instagram Live DGA TV One aliens hollywood Hallmark Superheroe Apple TV+ video on demand binge streaming vampires Mary Tyler Moore 2019 diversity social media Tarantino Discovery Channel 20th Century Fox Fox Searchlight live action japanese Martial Arts theme song critics TIFF critic resources ABC Signature Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt AMC Emmys TCA The Walt Disney Company TV renewals South by Southwest Film Festival CW Seed quibi stop motion Christmas cancelled TV shows Podcast what to watch latino reboot festivals legend Red Carpet comic Crackle cancelled television Black Mirror breaking bad cancelled TV series sopranos Tomatazos olympics CMT Amazon Studios Amazon Chilling Adventures of Sabrina AMC Plus slashers The CW Mary poppins scorecard Masterpiece 71st Emmy Awards Warner Bros. dark tv talk chucky harry potter TNT Disney Channel Oscar witnail TBS Netflix james bond twilight Emmy Nominations TLC versus pirates of the caribbean Best Picture Broadway remakes rt archives spanish Acorn TV french TCA 2017 football GoT Paramount Network golden globes Endgame kids obi wan sequels Paramount free movies streaming movies jurassic park ABC Quiz The Purge worst movies Trivia CNN indie suspense rotten zombie boxoffice video LGBTQ Holiday Classic Film know your critic Cosplay 99% disaster Election Rocketman Cannes HBO Max Mystery ID New York Comic Con Winter TV Photos TCA Awards Drama ESPN rt labs critics edition cats Television Academy Schedule comics monster movies children's TV best 79th Golden Globes Awards BET screen actors guild award winner Pixar FX deadpool Adult Swim Esquire DC Comics new zealand HBO Go 72 Emmy Awards foreign travel crime thriller Star Wars Oscars leaderboard venice game of thrones documentaries dreamworks Netflix Christmas movies PlayStation sequel Star Trek zombies doctor who streamig Comic Book Crunchyroll romantic comedy YouTube Red Spring TV asian-american Universal Pictures adaptation biography Hallmark Christmas movies Pop new york spinoff romance HFPA historical drama mcc medical drama Stephen King Hear Us Out Syfy Mindy Kaling live event PBS The Witch Disney streaming service superhero Film Festival comiccon Starz NBA heist movie Sneak Peek RT History NYCC NBC Amazon Prime Video Grammys Peacock Country WGN unscripted The Walking Dead films Comic-Con@Home 2021 fresh Chernobyl Image Comics psychological thriller 2021 GIFs singing competition TruTV Box Office Tags: Comedy laika FXX politics Sundance TV TV comic book movies young adult book adaptation Captain marvel anthology CBS All Access ratings Apple renewed TV shows talk show action-comedy serial killer Columbia Pictures MSNBC Hulu History new star wars movies nature Fox News golden globe awards TCA Winter 2020 police drama Lifetime Christmas movies Tubi hidden camera Character Guide halloween tv art house reviews First Reviews Sundance Best Actor Super Bowl news television screenings dexter feel good OWN 94th Oscars worst Countdown