Last week the internet was buzzing with the news that the lawsuit over the film rights to Dungeons & Dragons had been settled and that Hasbro and Warner Bros. would be moving forward on a new film. That came as welcome news for those of us who have spent fifteen years trying to forget the celluloid nightmare that was 2000’s Dungeons & Dragons. Here are three reasons why even Marlon Wayans couldn’t stop me from being excited about the new D&D movie.
3 Reasons I’m Excited For A New D&D Movie
1. Remembering The Realms
Full disclosure here; my favorite D&D setting is actually Dragonlance, but I will gladly take the Forgotten Realms over Izmer or whatever the hell the world was called in the 2000 film. Designed by Ed Greenwood, the Forgotten Realms are already filled with a rich mythology that the writers and director of the new movie can draw from. Throw in a cameo by a certain scimitar-wielding Drow ranger and the D&D movie tickets will practically sell themselves.
2. A Company of Wizards
Do you know what the films Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the RIng have in common? Several things actually. They both deal with fantasy and magic, they both were released roughly one year after Dungeons & Dragons and they both made ridiculous amount of money. However, the most important similarity is that they were both put out by Warner Bros. One year after being involved in the distribution of Dungeons & Dragons, Warner Bros. proved that they could get behind movies filled with high fantasy and magic and turn them into cultural touchstones. They should be more than capable of replicating this success with a D&D movie.
3. Franchise Opportunities Available
One successful D&D movie would only be the beginning for Hasbro and Warner Bros. Much like they did with LotR and Harry Potter, WB has plans to turn D&D into a franchise. That means that the universe of the beloved tabletop RPG will be fully explored on screen just like the Marvel or DC cinematic universes are being explored. Your favorite heroes from Waterdeep or Baldur’s Gate could star in their own spin-off movies or even television shows. We will be able to fully immerse in D&D in a way that hasn’t been possible before.
So there you have it. The three reasons why I’m excited for the new D&D movie. Are you excited for the movie? Tell me why in the comments.