Arthas’ story is not a happy one. Originally a promising prince of Lordaeron who proves his worth as a skilled fighter and an adept leader, Arthas begins experiencing a downfall when he takes the fight to the undead Scourge forces. He’s unable to see how any sort of conventional actions would result in victory, and Arthas’ desperation drives him over the edge and away from the man he once was — as well as the man he could’ve been. He comes to possess Frostmourne, an ancient blade of great power, and it turns him into a tool of the Lich King, leader of the Scourge. Ultimately, Arthas becomes one with the Lich King himself, leaving behind a tragic legacy of despair and destruction that far outlasts his death.
In creating the digital art of Cavill as Arthas, Mizuri had that entire history to grapple with, and it really comes alive in their work. The glowing blue eyes, stoic expression on Cavill’s face, and generally frosty aura emanating from the piece all serve to create a feeling of dread — which Arthas’ many victims, friend and foe alike, must have experienced on the sharp end of Frostmourne.
“Having a blast playing through [WoW expansion pack] Shadowlands, so I thought I’d do a mashup between [Henry Cavill’s] Witcher with Arthas,” Mizuri wrote in the caption of the post, declaring a love for WoW as openly as Cavill himself did.
The one film based on the beloved franchise, Warcraft, doesn’t feature Arthas in any capacity, but if a potential sequel explores the fallen prince’s story, Cavill may be the man to turn to. Between Mizuri’s art and the actor’s love for World of Warcraft, what better candidate could there be?