So basically: A movie set in the D&D world, introducing it, rather than exploring it right?The second movie is better than the first, but that isn't saying much - it's still rubbish.
The first step to making a good DnD movie is to forget that you are making a DnD movie. Assume that your audience doesn't know anything about DnD - so no throwing in weird monsters/characters/placenames/factions etc that only DnD fans will recognise or understand. A plot is important and needs to be at least reasonably original. Go to location A, then kill B in order to acquire magic artifact C is not a plot, it's a dungeon crawl. Fine for a night around the gaming table with your friends, not on the big screen.
And what's even better is that the actors aren't actually all bad; it's the D&D cheese what does it (similar to how George Lucas managed to tease a horrible acting performance out of Harrison Ford, a decent enough actor, in Star Wars; I wonder if he had done this to even out the performance next to Mark Hamill's horrible one).I'll suggest people watch the second movie at some point, as it uses a lot of the source material. It feels as if a group of really bad actors are playing out an actual D&D game.
That I'd pay to seeA t.v. series (by HBO!!) set in DarkSun would be the ultimate though. It could be done very well too, since you have all elements needed for epic, mature t.v. show. (basically the target audiance should be 18+)
-Harsh unyeildling wasteland where survivial is paramount.
-Harems (for some reason the harem girl who rises up to become a hero and fight evil is a popular theme)
-Cannibalistic halflings! (basicaly tosses the hobbit tropes out the window)
It's surely too much money for WotC to do; their best bet, I would imagine, is to license it to someone that thinks it's a moneymaker. That they haven't might be more to do with the absence of serious industry folks who think that it'll be worth doing, more than intransigence on WotC's part.Honestly I can't see why WotC hasn't done a new cartoon series for D&D, as that seems to be the perfect medium for me. Show it on Saturday morning and start selling more books to the younger generation!