Adapting Andrzej Sapkowski’s “The Witcher” books into a Netflix original series, showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich had a daunting task on her hands. Yet, with early impressions already considering it better than “Game of Thrones,” and an all-star cast that includes Freya Allan, Anya Chalotra, and Henry Cavill, Netflix’s “The Witcher” attempts to bring the Continent to life like never before.

Cavill spoke with Entertainment Tonight to reveal the similarities and differences between that of his new character, Geralt, and his other famous one, DC’s Superman. On the outside, the two characters may appear vastly different, yet Cavill contends that there are a few things that separate the Witcher from the comic book hero.

“They are the same but different. The biggest similarity and the most taxing is always gonna be time. It’s just about getting that training each day and forcing yourself to do it. You finished a very long shift and you were there two hours early, two and a half hours early, for your hair and makeup, and then you have to go to the gym.”

It’s no secret that Cavill is a huge fan of the "The Witcher" series. He has spoken out about his adoration for the games on a number of occasions and, as the various trailers keenly indicate, he’s put a great deal of effort into drawing out a true representation of Geralt of Rivia. From voice manipulation to movement, Cavill brings a far more stoic and quiet portrayal of a bruised and beaten monster hunter.

“I didn’t even need to prepare myself for the role…I breathe, I live this universe every day,” Cavill said in an interview with Première magazine (via CBR). “I already had numerous opportunities to think about the character while I was playing the games. My preparation was already done before casting started!”

With very few changes from “The Witcher” books to series, aside from a more grotesque and eerie tone, Netflix’s own version of “The Witcher” already draws immense comparisons to another dark fantasy series, “Game of Thrones.” Those who have already seen the show have concluded that “The Witcher” excels in fight choreography.

ET asked Cavill about the comparisons to the HBO hit. “I think comparisons are always gonna be made and it's fun. It's fine when they're two ends of a spectrum in a fantasy genre. But that's like saying someone's going to be the next Tom Cruise. No one's going to be the next Tom Cruise.”

Netflix's “The Witcher” begins monster-slaying on Dec. 20.

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Henry Cavill in full monster-hunter mode in "The Witcher." Netflix/Katalin Vermes
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