While Sean Connery's role as James Bond is almost unanimously loved, any other actor playing Bond after him has been either loved or hated by the fans.
Basically, there's two types of James Bond fans: Those who like the more dark, emotional, serious Bonds (and therefore generally prefer Dalton or Craig's roles), and those who like the more camp, joking, lighthearted Bonds (and therefore generally prefer Moore or Brosnan's roles).
Licence to Kill is probably the biggest Broken Base over a single film. Generally a consensus on a film will form within a few years of its release (though there will always be those who disagree). Licence to Kill is almost always at the top or bottom of movie rankings.
Blade Trinity created an upheaval among fans; some felt the Nightstalkers overshadowed Blade (especially Hannibal King), while others felt the Nightstalkers were the best thing about the movie.
Honestly ALL of the X-films (outside of the first 2, and maybe The Wolverine) are argued over. X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men Origins: Wolverine are for the most part outright hated, First Class is well liked by the critics but is polarizing among the base and general public. Storm as a character is also hotly debated, usually from people who either hate the actress or the character, or hate the character because of the actress. Then there's the debate over whether or not the character's casting was a blatant case of But Not Too Black. And then there's the issue of the films being overly wolverine centric to the detriment of other interesting and popular characters. The last 2 issues are HUGE flame starters.
Some see Sarah as a broken sympathetic woman who was pushed over the edge by Juno's idiocy and incompetence. Not to mention she found out about Juno's affair with her husband, and the cover up of the injury to Beth. Others see her as a psycho bitch who unfairly condemned Juno to death by intentionally wounding her leg over a genuine mistake she made.
Some see Juno as a good (but flawed) friend who was just trying to make the group of friends close again by taking them caving. And acted heroically when they were being attacked by the mutants (for the most part). While others see her as a incompetent home wrecking jackass who got everyone killed.
Then there's the third group who see both of them as sympathetic flawed characters.
Group 4 sees them both as unredeemable jackasses who deserved everything they got...But felt sorry for everyone else who was dragged down with them.
The surprisingly good sequel gleefully plays with this. Adding more fuel to the fire.
As mentioned below there's also debates over whether The Crawlers adds to the film or ruins it.
Then there's Highlander... oh dear God. You got the Original fans, the Zeist people, the TV series fans, the multiple continuity fans, the "stong immortals" fans and their "weak immortals" nemeses, those who cherry pick, those who actually liked The Source, and those that come up with their own unique views. And guess what, that doesn't cover HALF of the categories these fans are grouped into... AND they all hate each other with such a passion it makes sunis and shias look like first graders fighting in a schoolyard.
Destoroyah's gender of all things. Fans can't agree on whether it should be a male (which he is in the canon of the films/games), a female (due to many fan observations regarding his...erm...biology), or both/neither (again, due to numerous fan observations).
King Kong vs. Godzilla. In general, fans are divided over who should've won even though Toho Studios has stated that Kong technically won. The ambiguous ending doesn't help matters.
Which era of Godzilla films is also hotly debated. Were the Showa (1955-1975) films fun yet cheesy films or low-budget over-the-top messes? Was the Heisei (1984-1995) era a good throwback to Godzilla's darker roots or were they nothing but wangst and boring "beam war" fights? And, then there's the aforementioned Millennium era. Good luck getting the fans to agree on any one era.
Even the monsters that go up against Godzilla fall under this. On the one hand, you got fans who want to see Godzilla go up against more original monsters. On the other, you got fans who want Godzilla to fight more classic monsters like Ghidorah or Mothra. They rarely, if ever, agree with one another on any level.
Question: Are 28 Days Later and its sequel movies zombie movies? It may seem like a simple yes-or-no question, but there are places on the Internet where you will be lynched if you get the answer wrong.
The Lion King sequels. To some, they are extremely impressive and some of the few good Disney sequels made. To others, they are crap.
Horror fans seems to be split over the quality of audacious foreign horror films when compared to American horror films. They're either refreshing and daring, or gory pretentious crap.
Also among horror fans there's a sub-debate on what should be considered a Horror film as oppose to a Thriller and vice versa. Some feel that Thrillers are neutered horror films made for people who can't hack "Real" horror.
And within the film medium there's the whole debate over when is dark, bleak, and depressing, too dark, bleak and depressing? And the use of the Downer Ending... Some are of the opinion that people are Completely Missing the Point and that horror is SUPPOSED to be dark, bleak, and depressing. Others take the view that using such a limiting definition and emotional palate only serves to make everything ultimately seem exactly the same.
The thing is; by nature Horror is very dark, bleak, and depressing anyway. Just look at HP Lovecraft's work along with Edgar Allen Poe, and the Frankenstein novel. This isn't anything new really. The dividing line comes from people trying to deviate from the formula. While others think this actually takes away the effectiveness of the genre rather than add to it (however if it's a genre mash up it's usually seen as ok). This is likely a microcosm of the debate over people liking/hating the fact that some horror stories add either action, humor, and or sci-fi.
The disagreements over bleak and dark tone seems to be mostly a matter of personal taste than anything. Same with having actual ghosts/demons/aliens etc..in the film.
And whether or not to use humor and comedy. Does it add to the movie, and mood or destroys it?
For the Literature medium there are those who prefer the short and simple stories to the 900 page Doorstops. Mostly because they think Horror stories are much more effective as short stories, as bigger books tends to drag.
There's also a debate over perceived attitudes towards the genre. For instance on message boards there will be a fan who'll be like "Yaaay they're making Terror On Cliched Street part 20!", and another disgruntled one who'll be like "*ugh* Hollywood has run out of ideas". The latter thinking the former is everything that is wrong with horror today. While the former think that the latter group are a bunch of pretentious Jerkasses who think foreign horror is the best thing since indoor plumbing, and is taking the genre too seriously. While the latter fires back by saying they're the ones that are giving horror fans a "bad name" (and by extension the whole genre).
Even then people argue that if it doesn't have any supernatural/fantasy/sci-fi elements it's not a real horror film. Hell some think adding too much sci-fi and technobable ruins the genre, likely a microcosm of the Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane approach where they use science or sci-fi to explain away the paranormal/supernatural (which some see as a cop out). Same thing can be said for adding in action (See James Cameron's Aliens below)
In addition to the above is it a bad idea to try and explain everything in a horror story/plot. Or is it best to leave it mysterious and vague?, Or is that a Writer Cop Out?
There's also accusations of people Running the Asylum for the worse, By keeping all of the arguably negative stuff around because they think it's the norm for the genre. Basically creating a horror version of Sci Fi Ghetto.
Found Footage horror is very polarizing among horror fans. Regardless of how well made they might be.
It doesn't help that the horror genre is subjective (and polarizing) to begin with.
Speaking of horror films, there seems to be a divide on how to make zombie films, and what makes a good zombie film as oppose to a generic zombie film. Should they be humorous zombie killing action pieces? Or dramatic, thought provoking, Socio-Political commentary and or deep character studies?
Similarly Terminator 2: Judgment Day. Mostly over its "lighter" tone compared to the first film which was darker with a lot of horror undertones.
There's also a split over what the franchise should cover. One group want more exploits with Arnie's T-800 model, while the second group think Arnie is played out, and want to see future John Connor lead the resistance against the machines. The latter group is getting their wish....well they WAS getting their wish. After the lukewarm reception of Salvation (and a myriad of legal issues) the direction was up in the air . Then they decided on a reboot.
The divide basically boils down to More/Less time travel, More/less Arnie, More/Less future resistance battles, More/Less Kyle Reese and Sarah Connor. Exemplified by the responses at the bottom of this article. The base is essentially shattered into a million pieces.
This might have caused some resentment towards T2. Some fans felt Cameron just rehashed the first Terminator film, but with better special effects, instead of giving them a movie about the future John Connor.
The current split seems to be between whether The Sarah Connor Chronicles or Terminator Salvation is the superior take on the franchise, but there is relatively wide agreement that Salvation wasn't nearly as good as hoped. That's a different can of worms though.
Disney fans who have accepted the company's shift to All CGI Cartoons and consider Tangled, Wreck-It Ralph, and Frozen to be a welcome return to form after the Dork Age of the 2000s vs. Disney fans who hate that they shut down their traditional animation studio for good and consider all CGI films they've produced to be not as "truly Disney" as their traditionally animated output at best and being an unforgivable betrayal of their animation roots/principles at worst.
The film Paranormal Activity has about 3 different endings, and sure enough there's 3 different groups of fans that support one of the 3 endings over the others.
The sequels are liked to various degrees, but are liked overall. However part 4 has essentially broken the base. Some say it added more mystery and background to the series, while others say it was slow and boring and didn't explain anything.
The Resident Evil films, so much so that from an objective point of view it's actually two completely different groups of fandom at each others' throats. One group is the fanbase from the games, the others are solely fans of the films. In the beginning there might have been some cross polination. But around the time the second film arrived (or maybe the third) fans of the game split off. Relatively leaving only the Periphery Demographic as a fanbase for the film franchise. These two groups DO NOT like each other.
Tom Savini's version of Night of the Living Dead. Some saying it's a terrible remake that tarnishes the original. While others says that it's incredibly underrated and complements the original, Some saying it's far more entertaining. Sub-arguments of this film are;
Patricia Tallman's interpretation of Barbara vs the original actress (O'dea) interpretation. Plus there's the Took A Level In Bad Ass that Tallman's character took.
Tony Todd vs Duane Jones' version of Ben.
Whether or not the revamped ending is better than the original.
Pretty much everything in all films really is a broken base. From Megatron and Optimus being brothers, is that metaphorical or not and does it make sense with any past canon? Is Dino actually Mirage and Que Wheeljack? With a lot of fans just ignoring Ironhide's and, sometimes, Jazz's deaths. To the ever popular "Is it a bad movie or not?"
Planet of the Apes: The timelines of the original film. There are devotees of the "it's all a giant circular timeline" theory, ie the aftermath of 'Battle' ends up back at the beginning of film one, and devotees of the idea that Zira and Cornelius changed history by coming into the past with Caesar.
Loki in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. There are four main camps: those who woobify Loki, those who hate Loki because of all woobifying, those who hate him in general, and those who like/enjoy him as a villain. The haters can be as obnoxious as the woobifiers because they usually try to explain the proper, rational reaction to everything that happened to him without even realizing that super villains in general don't act rationally. Given that Loki is the God of Mischief, this is somewhat fitting.
[REC] 3, has proven to be quite polarizing when compared to the first 2 films. There's also complaints about the inconsistency of how the "infected" is portrayed.
Whether or not it's a straight forward horror film or a horror comedy. The inclusion of overt humor put some people off while others were ok with it.
Fans of The Campaign seems to be split on who or what the movie was spoofing. Some believe it was spoofing how over the top political campaigns have gotten. More cynical fans believe their spoofing the naive easily fooled voters.
Law Abiding Citizen, the contention comes from arguments on whether the 2 leads are "good" or "bad" , or whether or not Clyde "won" and proved his point or "lost". basically people are projecting their own ideology, morality and political beliefs into the film. Much like...
Changing Lanes, same issues as law abiding citizen. And like that film people are once again probably projecting their own personal beliefs, and morality unto the film. People debate Ad nauseam over who was the worse. Issues of class and race can also get brought up For Massive Damage.
The Bridges of Madison County is generally well liked. But the fans can't agree on whether or not it's a touching love story, or sentimental nonsense that rationalizes moral failure.
Wreck-It Ralph's fanbase is split between the fanswho are obsessed with Turbo, constantly portay him as a misunderstood Draco in Leather Pants type of character and constantly pair their O Cs with them, then there are the fans who think that Turbo shouldn't be getting all the attention and the main characters and other characters should get their share of the limelight in the fandom.
Star Trek: Into Darkness: For starters, was Khan's casting worth it to see Benedict Cumberbatch's acting talent, or was it pointless whitewashing of a famous person of color role? There's also the divide over the film being essentially a remake of a few specific Star Trek films, and Kirk's Disney Death.
A Goofy Movie has one between Goof Troop fans and non-Troop fans, and one between people who like An Extremely Goofy Movie and those who don't. The first two groups tend to go hand-in-hand, as do the second groups. The biggest consensus is that An Extremely Goofy Movie is not a very good stand-alone sequel, but is a great culminating film of the series.
Fans happy about the reboot and fans upset that Superman Returns isn't being followed upon.
Superman Returns itself lead to a broken base with some fans feeling it captured the feel of the Christopher Reeve movies, while others felt that it ignored the comics and/or upset about how he left for five years for a stupid reason—that some fans use fanon to justify—only to come out and learn that he'd left a bun in Lois' oven.
The amount of action. Before the film was released, Goyer said it had more action than any of the Dark Knight films. He wasn't lying. On that note, the level of destruction involved. Some think Superman didn't try enough to stem the level of carnage being done to Smallville and Metropolis, and he sometimes even voluntarily adds to it ie. he is responsible for bringing the fight to Smallville central. Though when he does send Zod into orbit, Zod takes them right back to Metropolis. The amount of damage Superman creates also really isn't much different from city fights with powerful villains like Darkseid in Justice League Unlimited and other recent media, and the US military dealt most of the damage to Smallville through More Dakka. Others also argue that there wasn't much Clark could have done to avoid endangering anyone; afterall, Zod and his follows not only have his powers, but they're also highly trained warriors.
To some comic fans, Superman killing Zod is one. Or, for other comic fans, the fact that someone involved in this film thought Superman should kill. Although, notably, he also kills Zod in the comics, and in the theatrical version of Superman II. Like in the comics and unlikeSuperman II he shows remorse. The degree of remorse and reasons for it are also disputed, though Snyder has hinted that it may have implications in films to come, as it did in the comics.
Superman's Clark Kent disguise is just him with glasses and civvies, as Henry Cavill doesn't change his voice, hair, or body language unlike Christopher Reeve. Though Reeve played Clark and Superman as opposites the most out of all live-action Superman actors, and Cavill's Clark joins the Daily Planet much later, only at the very end of the movie.
Lois knowing Clark's secret even before he becomes Superman, removing the traditional Two-Person Love Triangle. Though this happens before in the last season of Smallville.
Despite being a reboot, the film still using the "Superman/Jesus" and "Jor-El/God" subtext of the previous movies in a very similar way, with Jor-El's Virtual Ghost charging Clark to serve as The Paragon to humanity as Superman (and giving him the costume). In most versions of Superman's origin, Jor-El merely sent his son to Earth to save his life, without any lofty intentions for humans, and he doesn't talk to him from beyond the grave.
Now the fact the sequel has been announcing being a Crossover with Batman, people are either excited at how the World's Finest will have for the first time a sequel, and other who'd rather have the sequel being more focused on Superman's character development. The base is further broken at how the movie used sentences of Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, as they fear that the two might fight and Superman will get defeated despite the movie being about him, while others they love the premise of the critically acclaimed comic book.
Ben Affleck chosen as the new Batman for the sequel: there are those who are doubtful about him most especially the fans who still prefer Christian Bale to reprise the role and those who believe that he can pull off it as Batman.
The casting of Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman has also started flame wars. Not to the same level as Ben though because for better or for worse most seem to be in agreement to being disappointed in the casting choice.
Pacific Rim: While few will question the entertainment value of the action set pieces, opinion is sharply divided on whether the writing and story are good.