With the recent rumors of a potential Netflix Diablo series in the works, many have been wondering what exactly a series based on the game franchise might look like. Assuming the show would be an animated series rather than live-action, we actually might already have a good idea of what a Diablo show could look like thanks to the 2012 short, Diablo III: Wrath.
Valor Shall Turn to Wrath
Wrath was released shortly before the launch of Diablo III and used as an introduction to some of the new faces players were about to encounter in the game. Anyone who hadn't read the novels would have never heard of Auriel, Itherael, Imperius, or Malthael, and this animated short gave some quick insights into the characters and their motivations. This short also served as a back drop to the beginnings of the Prophecy of the End of Days that foretold many of the events of Diablo III.
Wrath itself takes place at some point thousands of years in the past during the Eternal Conflict. The forces of Heaven are assaulting the Pandemonium Fortress that is currently held by the minions of Hell. Little did the Angiris Council realize that they had fallen into a trapped laid by the Prime Evils to try and break the unity of the Council by preying upon Imperius' rage and cause him to fall to wrath. This was a perfect way to introduce new characters, personalities, and motivations. Blizzard has since gone on to frequently use non-game media like comics, shorts and more for storytelling purposes throughout their game properties, most notably for Overwatch, a game in which the narrative is told almost entirely in out-of-game fiction.
I don't expect Blizzard to shy away from storytelling within the game and completely following Overwatch's model, but the rumored Diablo series could very much be a way to take an expanded look at the history of the universe. Whether it takes place during the Eternal Conflict, the Sin War, the creation of Sanctuary, or even as the Hunt for the Three, it could give potential insight as to where Blizzard will be taking the story for the future of the franchise. I don't expect it to fill the gap between Reaper of Souls and what comes next, but to be used more as an introduction to characters or events that will be utilized in the future, much like how Wrath or the Overwatch shorts are used. We could then make some guesses as to where the future will go for Diablo IV or any of the announced multiple projects may be. Finally, I would also expect this to be more of a mini-series than an actual fully fledged show, this would be setting the stage for next part in the storyline rather than being an actual entry in the main story itself.
Of course, it's always possible the show could be a loose adaptation of previous game storylines themselves, much like the Netflix Castlevania animated series which is soon to be in its second season. Or this rumor might simply be just that — a rumor, and there's no show to look forward to at all. Regardless, it's still fun to think about what a Diablo Netflix series could look like. If it turned out to be anything like Diablo III: Wrath, fans would be in for a real treat.
Neinball (@NeinballGamer) is a content creator for Diablo Fans and a horadrim in training. Whether he's relaxing on Zegema Beach, fighting servants of the Corpse-God in the 41st millennium, or quelling Rebellions in the Outer Rim, his passion always brings him back to slaying Demons in Sanctuary.