Re: The Fanboy (and Girl) Epidemic - A CBMTrolls Production

Re: The Fanboy (and Girl) Epidemic - A CBMTrolls Production

Is it okay to be a hardcore fanboy/fangirl or not? Here's my take.

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By deanwilkins - 3/1/2012
Is it okay to be a fanboy/fangirl and use that title as an excuse for being overly critical of CBM's?

When the film is Wolverine Origins, there is good cause for criticism. Likewise Batman and Robin, Catwoman, etc. Nobody wants to see their childhood hero shamed in a terrible movie. It's clear that the makers of Catwoman knew absolutely nothing about the character. In the case of Wolverine Origins, ego did the movie in. Too many characters. PG rating. "Deadpool".

There are times when we need to raise our voices.

Then there is the Avengers. This is a movie many of us have been eagerly anticipating since early childhood. Based just on that fact, one might think it gives one the right to criticize the film. For example... Hawkeye didn't say anything in the trailer.
In my opinion, it's doesn't. At all. The pickle must be removed.
You see, just getting these films at all is an incredible gift. The fact that it doesn't meet ALL of the needs of fanboys who immediately run for the vaseline right after watching a trailer does not mean there is anything wrong with the trailer.

You see, these movies must have mass appeal. So although you may want Thor wearing his helmet throughout the entire film, many girls want to see his face. It's call sex appeal.
Likewise, you want more Hawkeye. But where was his film? Will it ever be made? Should it be made? Is he "that" great of a character? I suspect he'll have a small role in the film - and so should it be. Thor, Hulk, Cap, Iron Man... they've all been developed by Marvel already. They need the spotlight because they are filling seats in the theaters.

My final point. Hey you mr. fanboy who just crapped his pants watching the Dark Knight Rises trailer for the 700th time... you are the minority. The movie is not being made just for you. Maybe not even for you at all.

So it is okay to gripe and complain? Sure. When it's justified. When the film is being bastardized. Until then... keep watching Phantom Menace in your underwear, wielding your light saber with a bucket over your head.

Oh, and one last thing. Grif rocks. He's the ultimate parody of the people I'm writing about.
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Denn1s - 3/1/2012, 10:43 AM
agreed
BlueMex - 3/1/2012, 11:00 AM
Agreed aswell
MarVell - 3/1/2012, 11:09 AM
This isn't an article, it's a response. It should be in the comments section of the editorial that inspired it.

However, As individuals we're given a voice to express our opinions, no matter how insulting those opinions may be to the comic book movie that the majority feels warrants praise. We also shouldn't be repressed from praising a CBM, the minority feels warrants ridicule.

We the fans, buy the comics as well as the other merchandise based on our favorite superheroes, and pay the ever increasing ticket prices, and are first in line to see these films. These are just some of the reasons we've earned the right as fan-boys to nit-pick away.
deanwilkins - 3/1/2012, 11:47 AM
You can nit-pick, as you will... but remember that most of your points will irrelevant. The movies are being made with you in mind, but not necessarily for you. Of course, the best is when the movie is a balance of being for you the fanboy/girl and the average movie watcher.
headlopper - 3/1/2012, 12:55 PM
I disagree. Fanboy's are a force to be reckoned with.
You're naive if you think the studios don't regard our opinions.
We represent 3-4 million additional dollars in the film economy directly through ticket sales, word-of-mouth promotion, DVD sales, toys, clothes, comic purchases and other miscellaneous goods and services.

The studio's know this! We can make make or break a movie or TV show, and they know that too.

Yeah, we're a percentage of the gross , but a very important percentage!

Green Lantern and Wonder Woman TV show anyone?
deanwilkins - 3/1/2012, 2:30 PM
3-4 million? That is nothing in the eyes of the studio. They want big bucks in the box office and it's the people who don't read the comics that they want to be sitting in those seats. That's the truth.

It wasn't the fan boys/girls who killed Green Lantern and the Wonder Woman TV show. It was the fact that both of them sucked. Green Lantern was lame no matter what you know of the character. Wonder Woman was crap - period.

Fanboys are not a force to be reckoned with. They just want to be.

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