The wolf’s nightmare “a gay witcher?
While I loved to watch The Witcher: The Wolf’s Nightmare, the character named Luka stood out. In a way, it made me wonder if he was really meant to be queer or if he was just another unfortunate example of queer coding a character for comedic relief.
Warning: there are some spoilers below!
When we first meet Luka at around 21 minutes and 40 seconds he is in awe of the money our main character Vesemir is capable of making and complains that he cannot earn enough “to score a night with a lame man. – wore. ” Of course, such a joke made me say, “Hmmm!”
I wondered if allowing Luka to make such a joke was how the creative team introduced so-called queer representation into the popular The witcher franchise on Netflix. The “man-w * ore” joke continued with Sven ringing the bell and Luka retorting, “Aren’t you? short all?”
Ah yes, more sassy jokes. Rolling eyes.
Anyway, with those two jokes out of the way, I waited for the creative team to be more obvious about Luka’s sexuality. if he was indeed supposed to be a strange character. Plus the first queer witcher.
At 36 minutes, Vesemir and Luka decide to go out for a drink. Sitting at the bar might have been the perfect time to openly show off Luka’s queer sexuality. However, instead what I got was Vesemir and Luka sharing a table with two women keeping them company. Couldn’t one of the men mentioned above be part of the group? Sigh!
What follows is that Luka is arguing with a prejudiced knight and starts calling said knight “cute” just a second before he starts to fight.
Now, if such “gay jokes” are your definition of queer representation, especially in 2021, I don’t know what to tell you. By this logic, Dandelion of live-action The witcher series making “homoerotic jokes” and being “sassy” would mean he’s supposed to be a queer character as well. And you probably know how I feel about it.
After seeing The Witcher: The Wolf’s Nightmare, I tweeted my take on how Luka followed Dandelion in the sense that the two “straight” characters showed off the “Making Homo and Sassy = Haha!” jokes. Funny! ”Trope.
It was then that I got a response from screenwriter Beau DeMayo about how Luka identified himself as gay.
I mean, all the power to DeMayo for including a gay character in The witcher animated spin-off film, but if you as a creative have to go online to articulate a character’s weird sexuality or viewers end up debating a character’s weird sexuality on forums and Twitter or don’t not even realize that a character is meant to be queer, so that can’t be taken as an example of well-written queer portrayal.
Damn! I would even say that The Witcher: The Wolf’s Nightmare doesn’t have any valid queer portrayal because, in case I missed it, no major movie critic has even talked about this animated film having an LGBTQ + representative. I wouldn’t be surprised if some critics watched the film and saw Luka as another example of the “sassy and comical but always “Right” sidekick that works well against the colder, more manly straight male leader.
It’s 2021. Queer subtext or unclear queer sexualities won’t be enough. Queer viewers have seen decades of such content in the media already. Please stop. The last thing I want is for the sexuality of another fictional character, from a famous franchise, to be discussed.
Some viewers also touched on the fact that Luka was killed in the movie and how this is another example of the “bury your gays” trope.
The world of The Witcher: The Wolf’s Nightmare is ruthless. Lots of people died in this movie. So, in my opinion, Luka’s execution made sense in the story being told. However, I also understand where some fans are coming from when they state that Luka was singled out and did not die in battle like the rest of his brothers. He was also tortured before being executed.
For those wondering if there is queer representation in the popular The witcher series, well there is. From what I know we have a gay hunter named Mislav (his story involves a lover who committed suicide). The witch Philippa Eilhart is bisexual. Ciri, a main character in the franchise, is also bisexual. A number of fans can’t wait to see how Ciri’s sexuality will be explored in the live-action. The witcher series as it grows.
You can see it’s not like there aren’t some weird characters in The witcher franchise. This is why seeing Luka’s sexuality being treated in such a way in The wolf’s nightmare – where a number of viewers didn’t realize he was queer – made me say “Meh!” about Luka’s existence.
Having said all this, The Witcher: The Wolf’s Nightmare is still an enjoyable animated film that delves into the story and answers a number of questions. It was released on Netflix on August 23, 2021. You should go and watch it.
An older Vesemir will appear in the second season of The witcher live action series.
How do you feel about Luka being a queer character?
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Farid has a double master’s degree in psychology and biotechnology as well as an M.Phil in molecular genetics. He is the author of numerous books including Missing in Somerville and The Game Master of Somerville. It gives us insight into comics, books, TV shows, anime / manga, video games, and movies.
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