On this installment of CheckpointXP Daily, we take a look at a K-Pop Killer in Dead by Daylight. Yes, you read that correctly. We also talk about some castings in Dungeons and Dragons as well as a new Tom Clancy movie. Lastly, we bring back What-If Wednesday to ask what would have happened if video game movies in the 90’s hadn’t been awful! All of that and more on today’s episode of CheckpointXP Daily.
K-Pop Invades Dead by Daylight
Of all the killers I expected to see in Behaviour Interactive’s Dead by Daylight, this is at the end of the list. And yet, here we are. Behaviour teamed up with South Korean boy band BTS to help create the newest killers and survivors. Playing on the tropes and cutthroat vibes of the K-Pop industry, The Trickster is the newest killer in Dead by Daylight.
The accompanying survivor Yun-Jin is a producer that was in the Trickster’s original band, and the only survivor of the fire that killed the other members of the band. I don’t know if Dead by Daylight has a big audience in South Korea, but the power of K-Pop stans cannot be denied.
I assume next we’ll be seeing a hip-hop killer.
Hugh Grant In Dungeons and Dragons
I wonder if when Wizards of the Coast was working on D&D 5e, they envisioned this happening. The Dungeons and Dragons movie added another major actor to the film in the form of Hugh Grant to play the villain to Chris Pine. When I think of Hugh Grant, I think of early 2000’s romantic comedies, not Dungeons and Dragons. But then again, Jeremy Irons was previously a D&D villain.
I’m curious exactly what source material this movie will be drawing from. Are we going to Greyhawk? Baldur’s Gate? Ravenloft is also a possibility. I could see Hugh Grant cast as Strahd von Zarovich.
What if video game movies were good?!
Video game franchises that have successfully been translated into movies are few and far between. A few stand outs like Detective Pikachu and Sonic the Hedgehog are vastly outweighed by the number of flops. Remember Assassins Creed? How about Prince of Persia? Or god forbid Max Payne?
The point is we’ve had to see a lot of garbage to get to the few gems we’ve gotten. After the bombs in the 90s that were the Super Mario Bros Movie, Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, horror games seemed to pick up where they left off. We saw Milla Jovovich spearheaded the Resident Evil franchise. As bad as those movies got, the first one was at least pretty decent.
Now we’ve got action movies like Monster Hunter in the works. While I’m sure there’ll be some good action sequences, I’m not expecting this one to blow me away either.
On this episode of the daily podcast, we all debate what would have been different if the worst video game movies of the 90’s had actually been smash successes.
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