Why are there no good D&D movies?

I have been playing Dungeons & Dragons since 1984. In what amounts to almost 40 years of playing, a common question arises among D&D enthusiasts: “why are there no good D&D movies”? It’s a legitimate question, when you start to think about how many other pop franchises have gotten decent movie adaptations. It may finally happen though, a new Dungeons & Dragon movie is set to release in 2023 starring Chris Pine and Michelle Rodriguez. There are still many unknowns, but let’s remain optimistic.

Previous D&D Movies

There have been 3 D&D movies previously and all of them have left me disappointed. With actors like Jeremy Irons and Thora Birch, they can’t claim lack of talent. These movies felt immature and more like a B-rated fantasy. As a fan I wanted a story that was more mature and felt more like the games I had grown up playing.

  • Dungeons & Dragons (2000)
  • Dungeons & Dragons: Wrath of the Dragon God (2005)
  • Dungeons & Dragons 3: The Book of Vile Darkness (2012)
Trailer from Dungeons & Dragons (2000)

More and more players are flocking to the game. Sales for the world’s most popular roleplaying game are way up. This may have something to do with the Covid lockdowns. With nowhere to go, friends are meeting online over virtual tabletops like Roll20 to play. Streamed web-shows like Critical Role and Black Dice Society have also become incredibly popular. We are even getting a crowdfunded animated series on Amazon Prime this month from the Critical Role crew. With an ever growing fan base the field is set for a great D&D movie to really do well at the box office.

A Dungeons & Dragons animated series that crowdfunded for more than 11 Million dollars.

New Movie needs to use the game’s lore!

According to the synopsis Dungeons & Dragons (2023) will be set in the Forgotten Realms, the default setting for the game. It also mentions factions with in the stories of the game, like the Harpers and the Red Wizards of Thay. The city of Neverwinter also gets mentioned. Neverwinter is the location for many D&D video games and has a lot of story lore to pull on. The previous movies never used the rich lore of Dungeons & Dragons, nor did they reference the factions or locations. This leaves me cautiously optimistic that it will deliver the kind of movie that so many fans, including myself, are waiting for.

The movie will feature the city of Neverwinter, made popular by many video games.

For more details about the new D&D movie check out Esquire’s website. https://www.esquire.com/entertainment/movies/a36892274/dungeons-and-dragons-movie-details-plot-cast-spoilers-trailer-release-date/

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