Fortnite now has an official John Wick skin, but that most fans already felt like the game had its own version of Wick. For a long time now, fans have likened The Reaper skin to John Wick/Keanu Reeves, and it's easy to see the similarities. That is, unless you're Epic creative director Donald Mustard. According to Mustard, the similarity wasn't intentional at all.
I happened to end up in a spot where Keanu and I were together, talking about some stuff, and we were like “What if, what if this kinda made sense?” And [Keanu] was into it, especially because we have this character in Fortnite called The Reaper which kinda—it wasn’t intentional! For me, we were just trying to, like, let’s just make this super awesome The Man In Black. But [Keanu] was starting to have all these kids come up to him, all these teenagers on the street, and they weren’t doing the normal “Oh you’re Neo, oh you’re Wick.” They were doing, “Fortnite guy! Fortnite guy!” [Keanu]’s like “What is this Fortnite thing?” And then of course he’s like, “That doesn’t look like me, that’s not me,” and he’s like, “We gotta do it right.” So I think that’s when we [gestures to Stahleski] met...It just felt inevitable and made a lot of sense that we would do something together.
Mustard can play dumb all he wants, but I'm sure plenty of other team members knew what was up when they made The Reaper.