I have not always seen eye-to-eye with fellow fans of various franchises. I disagreed with the love of the X-Men film Logan, seeing it a bad remake of Pale Rider instead of a finale for The Wolverine. I have also been frequently critical of the hate the Star Wars prequels have received over the years. That being said, I do see the value of fandom and its impact on film franchises like the MCU, DCEU, Star Wars, etc.
However, others do not. The IGN article “The Era of the Fan-Influenced Movie Has Arrived (And It’s Not Good)” by Tyler Johnson highlights how elitism leaks in nerd/geek outlets too. He whines about complaints over the first trailer for Sonic The Hedgehog, but then praises the redesigns.
“From Sonic to Justice League to Star Wars, the vocal minority is exercising outsized influence on Hollywood lately,” he writes in the sub-heading.
“And when that Sonic the Hedgehog trailer dropped, boy, was Twitter unrelenting,” he whines. “I’ll admit that I think the new Sonic movie design is a thousand times better than the original.” Make up your mind. Was the fan influence was bad or good? He just complains and discusses “art” like a first-year college student, but never explains why the redesigns were bad.
Next, Johnson attacks fans for the cuts to Justice League and then whines about the #ReleaseTheSnyderCut. He praises Warner Bros. for not caving and then simultaneously admits he would be curious about it. Again, make up your ever-loving mind.
He then whines about fan influence on Star Wars and the MCU, but then praises them for Captain Marvel and Black Panther. It’s clear, he just likes The Last Jedi and falls for the “toxic fandom” line.
Where Johnson and IGN goes wrong is that these kinds of movies should connect with the fans. The fans put people in seats, generate buzz, and PAY FOR TICKETS. The stuffed shirts that IGN and Johnson are trying to appeal to don’t pay tickets. They just complain… a lot. Marvel and Star Wars are made stronger by the fans. Sure, the fans are wrong sometimes, but blaming them for the backlash to Snyder and Rian Johnson is nonsense. These guys are just bad filmmakers and that has nothing to do with fans or wishful wannabes who kind of liked their films.
That’s not to say fans should have influence over every single movie, but the DCEU, MCU, Star Wars, and others are made possible by the fans. These nerd outlets like IGN, Anime News Network, CBR, ScreenRant, etc, use to be for the fans but turned on them at some point. That is sad.
What do you think? Let me know in the comments below. Tell me if there is a comic book, movie, or novel you would like me to review. While you are at it, check out my posts “Star Wars Fans Can Be So Ungrateful” for further reading. Don’t forget to like, share, and subscribe for more posts like this one.