The series with which Netflix wanted to imitate the success of ‘Game of Thrones’ and ended up being a monumental failure

When the streaming platform commissioned its commitment to fantasy, the HBO series was reaching its highest levels as a mass phenomenon.

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When Netflix gave the green light to Damnan adaptation of the then-unpublished graphic novel by Frank Miller and Tom Wheeler of the same name, the promising project quickly caught on with the public as one of the series that should be on the radar. At that time it was 2018 and Game of Thrones was in full swing with what were being his best seasons to date airing and fantasy, so the parallels quickly began to be drawn, with a slew of headlines announcing the project as “Netflix’s Game of Thrones”.

Undoubtedly, Netflix commissioned its particular fantasy project at the most appropriate moment to attract the attention of the public, but it is also that, the then known as Cursed because it did not yet have a title in Spanish, had several ingredients to be considered as one of the most promising projects of the platform: on the one hand it was “a reimagining of the legend of King Arthur”, as the first official description promised, but it was also starring Katherine Langford, who had just triumphed with her role as Hannah Baker in the then also mega-successful for 13 reasons. Also with the famous comic book writer Frank Miller (no city) on board the project, the series added another exciting factor to take the ‘hype’ to another level.

At that time Netflix was already in full swing, but had not yet released The Witcher as its highest expression within the genre and the first glimpse of Katherine Langford, sword in hand and in a spectacular settingwhich the streaming platform showed to announce that it had given the green light to Damn quickly made The project was among the most expected for years.

The story, as promised by Netflix, would be told “through the eyes of Nimue, a teenage heroine with a mysterious gift who is destined to become the powerful (and tragic) Lady of the Lake. After the death of her mother, she finds a unexpected partner in Arthur, a young mercenary trying to find Merlin and deliver an ancient sword.

Nevertheless, when Damn It premiered two years later, in the midst of a pandemic in July 2020, it did so in a very different setting from the one in which it had been commissioned. It had in its favor that at that time we watched series like crazy, but then the end of Game of Thrones that so many dismissed as disappointing and the media trump “Netflix’s Game of Thrones” no longer had the same pull, so it simply stopped being used.

Damn It was not the subject of devastating criticism, nothing like that, but it was absolutely lukewarm. Very far from the fantasy blockbuster that many had believed that Netflix had on its hands. Curiously, the specialized critics received it better than the publicwith 65% positive reviews compared to 52% in Rotten Tomatoes, but the thing was very divided and there was no consensus. Among the main complaints was the lack of interest of the story and its slow construction, as well as an ending that was not satisfactory to the trip. Nor was Langford’s character especially well received, who, far from being a charismatic heroine, did not finish putting viewers in her pocket during her adventure.

Everything about this series looks mediocre, poorly developed and a Game of Thrones cheap“, they wrote in Comic Book. “The performances are okay for the most part, but the pitiful dialogue they’re forced to say makes everyone seem a bit forced.”

There were people who liked it, yes, but the reality is that Netflix decided to shelve it after a whole year of silence. The cancellation was an open secret, but just when we thought they had forgotten about it, a year after its premiere the company announced the cancellation firmly. For his part, the ‘showrunner’ had previously announced that he planned several seasons for his series, so Damn It can be considered as an unfinished series.