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Note: This article lists examples which take place within fandoms; not TV Tropes' opinion as to whether a change is for the worse. TV Tropes doesn't have opinions. The focus is on over-reaction about minor changes.
There was a massive amount of outrage over the new Superman suit from Man of Steel. The biggest sticking point seemed to be the removal of the red trunks from the outfit and the loss of Superman's trademark spit curl.
There are some fans who absolutely loathe the armored Batsuit from The Dark Knight Saga, with a lot of criticism about it it's "too dark" and clunky when compared to the comic costume.
The suit from Daredevil also took some criticism. Many people complained that the leather made it look like fetish gear, even though the director argued that a leather outfit would be the most sensible thing to wear, since it'd offer greater protection than spandex.
This mindset is actually Lampshaded in an episode of Community, where Abed plans on "crashing" the Continuity Reboot of his favorite movie, Kickpuncher, while wearing the classic Kickpuncher costume. When his friends are baffled as to why he's upset in the first place, he tells them the filmmakers had no right to change Kickpuncher's design for the new movie.
Darth Vader: No, I am your father! Luke: That's not true! That's impossible! Darth Vader: And Princess Leia is your sister! Luke:(bewildered) No! That's....improbable! Darth Vader: And the Empire will be defeated BY EWOKS! Luke:(totally lost) That's...very unlikely. Darth Vader: And as a child, I built C-3PO! Luke: (By now completely stoic): ...Huh. (Later, with Vader sipping coffee and Luke smoking a cigarette) Darth Vader:(matter-of-factly) And the Force? Oh, that's just microscopic bacteria in your bloodstream, called midichlorians. Luke:(getting up, bored and exasperated) Look, if you're not gonna take this seriously, I'm out. (exits)
Of course, complaining about C-3PO being built by Anakin is arguably the stupidest excuse for hating the prequels, because it does nothing to derail C-3PO's character. What people should be complaining about is how C-3PO was shunned in favor of Jar Jar. And in addition to having no Jar Jar and yes much better writing in general, among many other things, it would have helped if C-3PO went with Anakin and started his friendship with R2-D2. C-3PO and R2-D2 have always been a lot funnier than Jar Jar, that's for sure.
In the DVD release of the original trilogy several things have changed. Most notably is that at the very end Luke sees young Anakin's ghost, not the older version as he did originally.
In the Blu-Ray release, Darth Vader has one final line as he throws the Emperor over the railing: "Nooooo!" Got rather ridiculous as numerous angry fans tried to turn Vader shouting into the new "Greedo shoots first". While various characterization arguments re: Han and his shooting first could be made (thus arguably an example of "They changed it and made it suck" instead), Vader's shouting or silence just boils down to "They changed it, now it sucks". Somewhat justified: while more people defended this change than the infamous Han Shot First and Hayden Christensen Force ghost edits, others (not just the nostalgic Fan Dumb) argued that Vader's Big "NO!" turned a once-emotionally powerful scene into a heaping pile of Narm.
Boba Fett's voice in the Ble-Ray. While both Jason Wingreennote Boba's original voice and Temuera Morrisonnote Boba's voice for the DVD and Blu-ray releases, who also played Jango Fett in Attack of the Clones provided similar vocal performances for the character, fans treated what is basically a change in accent as just as horrible as Greedo shooting first. Let's not even get started with the fact that Fett only has about three lines to begin with. There again, some felt that it was rather disrespectful to the original actor.
X-Men, based on possibly the most sprawling, confusing and self-contradictory comic book franchise in all the land, had an infinite number of complaints leveled at it, from "Wolverine's like a foot too tall!" to "Magneto's too old!" to "Rogue's too young!" to "Since when is Jean Grey a doctor?!" to "How come Storm didn't freak out when she was in that elevator shaft, she's supposed to be claustrophobic!" to... well, let's stop while we're still young. Subsequent films in the series have just made things worse. Lampshaded with the "yellow spandex" line.
Wolverine being the one to travel back in time rather than Shadowcat, who did so in the original storyline. Part of the reason this causes backlash is that Shadowcat's role has been played by another character before, by Bishop in the 90's cartoon (presumably in an attempt to capitalize on the then-recently introduced character's popularity). Not to mention the Professor more-or-less filling the role in Wolverine and the X-Men.
Pietro being renamed 'Peter' to Americanize him is also a point of contention for some. Especially as it comes after the many times the films have turned non-American characters into Americans, including changing their names to more American sounding ones.
This phenomenon has caused many Harry Potter fans to have the exact opposite reaction to the film adaptations as many critics do. While film critics generally agree that the films got better from Prisoner of Azkaban (largely because of Dave McKean's art direction), when they stopped being obsessively faithful to every single scene and line of dialogue in the books, a lot of fans think that Chris Columbus was doing a bang-up job and that ever since then it's been garbage, with Azkaban the worst offender ("They left out the Fidelius Charm! They left out the Marauders' backstory! Harry gets the Firebolt at the end! Nyaaaargh!!!"). Never mind that, with the length of the books spiraling out of control, something had to be cut. Even if the removed stuffgetsnon-readerslost.
Except that Chris Columbus wasn't in charge of how true the adaptations were to the text. The same writer of those first Truer To The Text films stuck around for every remaining film except the fifth, and look how those turned out.
If you need proof that following a book word by word isn't always a good plan compare BBC's Chronicles of Narnia and Walden Media's adaptation. The former uses the exact dialogue and is excruciatingly long and dull endeavor. The latter takes a more liberal approach at the storyline but does a much better at capturing the spirit of the books. Though in the process of adapting the franchise, it moved ever more steadily towards an In Name Only adaptation. They're still good, but they're becoming entirely different stories. The extremeness of this audience-reaction-trope was demonstrated by a small line at the end of the third film - "Jill Pole's stopped by for a visit". Cue dozens of purists wailing "Jill and Eustace aren't meant to be friends! Why is she coming over to his house! It's ruined!".
The film versions of The Lord of the Rings suffered from their fair share of overly critical complaints, notably with the removal of the last part of The Return of the King and the complete removal of Tom Bombadil (walking Deus ex Machina, quintessential Wacky Wayside Tribe and unplayably strange person that he is) from the story. Ghan-buri-Ghan and hisWacky Wayside Tribe, but arguably they are more important to the narrative and the themes than ol' Tom. Many Tolkien purists also complain about Tolkien's "precious" dialogue being altered for the film. While the flowery, poetic, Shakespearean prose works well enough in the books, it sounds stilted, unnatural, and excessively formal, if not downright hammy, when spoken aloud by actual humans. The dialogue of the film makes the characters sound more like real people, which, on screen, is more important than including every last tiny detail and bits of dialogue, unaltered in any way.
The Hobbit film draws some fan ire for some rather severe background-story changes. The White Council claims that they are in the Watchful Peace, a period which in the source material ended 500 years before the events of The Hobbit. They claimed that the Witch-King was killed, buried, and entombed. Moved up the conversion of Greenwood to Mirkwood by about 2000 years (!), made Azog survive the battle of Azanulbizar (to allow him to be the Big Bad of the film series, rather than Bolg, his son in the book), and made it so that the Necromancer did not appear until the year of the book, rather than about 2000 years before.
Batman Begins is commonly agreed to be the second best Batman film adaptation, but some die-hard fans are very, very angry that Scarecrow ran Arkham Asylum instead of teaching psychiatry and was more concerned about making money than obsessively studying fear, while others just accepted the Rule of Scary. Others disparage the new tank-like appearance of the Batmobile... even though it's Batman Begins and it's a prototype vehicle he hasn't had any time to modify into something more "battish". And that he loses it in the sequel and shows he's quite adept with high-performance sports cars, too.... Many hardcore fans decry Burton's decision to have the Joker be the murderer of Bruce's parents in the 1989 film adaptation. When the sequel rolled around, many fans were outraged at the Penguin's change from an eccentric professional criminal that was only slightly penguin-like in appearance (The origin of his nickname? He wears a penguin tuxedo) to a deformed subhuman that ate raw fish, had flippers, spewed black blood, and otherwise looked exactly like Dr. Caligari.
It's amazing to see how much criticism the Watchmen movie received before its release. People couldn't even wait to see it to start complaining. The movie is based on an Alan Moore comic. Moore himself is quite vocal about how much he thinks the previous movies based on his works suck. Furthermore, Watchmen especially has been long considered a work that any adaptation would struggle with effectively bringing to the screen whilst remaining faithful to the source material. Bizarrely, fans of the comic even complained about the character of Dr. Manhattan himself - specifically, the rumor that he might be wearing a G-string to cover his glowing blue penis. Disregarding that male full frontal nudity is very hard to portray on film without getting an X rating, it was only ever a rumor, and he's portrayed as wearing something similar several times in the comic itself. Things didn't help much when they trimmed out the supporting characters in order to fit the story in a 3 hour movie. Thankfully, the Director's cut adds much more of the minor recurring characters.
Every Star Trek movie has attracted this trope for some reason or another.
Harry S. Plinkett:Star Trek: Generations is the stupidest movie ever made. It ruined everything; and not just Star Trek movies, but everything.
Most of the criticism of the Beowulf movie was based on this reaction. The DVD includes an interview with Neil Gaiman explaining why he made these alterations, and they're pretty decent reasons.
The Resident Evil movie series. Never mind that it's not meant to take place in the same world as the games, or that it might actually be GOOD in its own right, as soon as they added a character that didn't exist in the games and a backstory for Nemesis, people wanted to kill ANYONE involved in this movie for taking a new story and plastering the Resident Evil name on it. Although to be fair, they may be more pissed about the God ModeBlack Hole Sue Alice.
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy film adaptation was based on a new script written by Douglas Adams before his death, as opposed to direct adaptation of the original text. As a result of this, the film contained many differences in plot from the original radio/book/TV stories (each of which also had rewrites between adaptations; one joke in the fandom goes that there is no canon, only suggestions), which annoyed some long-time fans of the series. Adams was a merciless self-editor. It's given that while he did write (at least some of) the film script, it was far from finished by his standards. Furthermore, the concept of the Hitchhiker's universe having anything that could legitimately be called Original Text is laughable at best. Numerous fans complained about Ford Prefect being played by Mos Def, apparently operating under the assumption that Ford was white. In fact Ford's race is never specified in the novels.
Stanley Kubrick's version of The Shining is quite different from the book, and gets a lot of Stephen King fans saying how much it sucks. It is a pretty bad adaptation as it ignores pretty much completely the source material. Even Stephen King himself considers it the worst adaptation of one of his books. Outside of them, it's considered one of the best horror movies ever made.
The Star Wars Expanded Universe fandom suffers from this reaction every time someone dies, even when a single character that wasn't even in the original movies was killed off. In recent years, the universe has dipped more into Anyone Can Die territory, leading to this happening frequently. Perhaps most shockingly of all, Chewbacca was killed during the Yuuzhan Vong invasion. At least he got a Heroic Sacrifice.
The Last Airbender, based on a series, suffered from this in the run up to its release. Besides complaints about its Race Lift casting, many show fans criticized minor changes; things like the color of Zuko's clothing, Katara's pulled-back loopies, Aang's grey colored arrow, Sokka not showing any sense of humor, the severity of Zuko's scar, and the size of Iroh's belly. Avatar, with its length and depth, arguably could never be shrunken into a film (especially since it's an adaptation from animation, instead of a book or comic). Still, it's like the director wasn't even trying. It was just drama after drama, without the adorable and silly characters and the superbly intricate (Emmy winning) plot. When the film actually came out, these complaints fell by the wayside, with the film's dialogue, Exposition Fairy narration, wooden Dull Surprise acting and Special Effects Failure eclipsing those earlier criticisms out of existence (though the mere mispronunciation of the characters names is a sticking point with many).
Many Lion King fans disliked the fact that they put "The Morning Report" a song that isn't even 2 minutes long, into the Special Edition DVD. Oddly, many like the musical version, and some complainers might have overlooked the DVD's option to replace "The Morning Report" with the original scene of Mufasa teaching Simba how to pounce.note You might expect such an option to appear right when you hit "Play". Instead, you have to remember to enter "Set Up" before you start the movie, and select the "original" version from that menu. Otherwise, the Special Edition plays automatically. Outcry proved so negative, Disney eventually made the Blu-Ray relegate "The Morning Report" into a bonus short, with no option to branch it into the movie. Yet more fans complain that the DVD's "Original" version of The Lion King still has some differences from the version presented in 1994, such as an updated Disney logo,note This marks neither the first nor the last time Disney committed logo plastering, but for many years, TLK stuck out as the only Disney Animated Canon movie of the '90s not to retain the blue castle for its DVD release redrawn crocodiles during "I Just Can't Wait to Be King", and a reanimated pollen cloud that no longer looks anything like the word "sex". Even though none of these changes affect the plot, some fans have accused Disney of "false advertising" for not telling them about the changes sooner.
Fans of G.I. Joe are complained about the new movie and leaked plot details before it was filmed, going as far as to say that statements that the story is based on the comics (even coming from the comic writer Larry Hama himself) are out and out lies because: Ripcord is Black which is incompatible with stories Rip Cord had in the comics, Not everyone on the team is American, Baroness had a relationship with Duke and Cobra Commander wasn't a used car salesman but rather a former soldier and a scientist who works for Destro in the first movie. They will ignore the numerous plot elements that come from the comics story, and decry "it's not based on it at all." One review actually began with the line "If it doesn't feature the line "Cobra, retreat!" then it isn't a GI Joe movie." Naturally, the phrase "real fan" showed up within two paragraphs...
The Silent Hill movie. Changing the main character was, among other things, met with such a reaction by the fans.
The Sherlock Holmes film directed by Guy Ritchie has been criticized for making an action film out of the source material. This is despite the fact that there are a number of action sequences in the Sherlock Holmes adventures. Holmes is canonically a martial artist, fencer, etc. and Watson is an army veteran. Point of fact, it is only in later adaptations of the beloved characters that Watson was relegated to nothing more than foil, medic and narrator. Many instances in the original series have Watson physically helping Holmes fight off the villains, and is considered a crack shot better than Holmes.
The trailers for The Lightning Thief are out, and already the complaints are flying, particularly about Annabeth's hair being brown and, most of all, Grover being black. Hilariously, the complainers of the latter claims they're not racist, but the fact that the actor's race bugs them suggestotherwise. Just as you think people couldn't get any dumber, there's a couple of people complaining about Percy being in an elevator - which was in the book. The completely skipped over several major plot points, including the ones that set up the overarching plot, and make Annabeth a not-particularly-smart generic girl and give her exactly one scene in which she does something even remotely helpful. They completely ignored the real villain of book one, making Hades evil (he isn't particularly evil in Percy Jackson or Greek mythology, but anyway) as well as Luke (who was), completely ignoring THE Big Bad of the series. They made Percy way too powerful from the start. They ruined the setup for their own sequels, which doesn't seem like the smartest move.
The remake of The Karate Kid, in which the setting has been changed to China and the young man learns kung fu. Perhaps they should have renamed the movie The Kung Fu Kid? In defense of the franchise, it was only supposed to be in America that the film would be called The Karate Kid in order to spark interest from new and old fans. Jackie Chan and supposedly the whole film crew and cast referred to it as The Kung Fu Kid while filming. Despite this, the moniker The Karate Kid was still used when the movie was released in Asia and the rest of the world. In offense to the producers, there is no way Chinese kids would treat a foreign guest so poorly without provocation. As an American exchange student, that kid would have been instantly the most popular kid in school.
The 2010 Robin Hood movie has taken a lot of heat for being a history-oriented original origin story instead of a retelling of the Robin Hood story "everybody knows". The story everyone knows includes the usual setup of Prince John acting as regent in King Richard's absence, Robin being a outlawed knight, and Robin Storming the Castle to save Maid Marian. In the latest film, these plot elements are either absent ( Richard dies at the start, and John is king for the rest of the film) or given a new twist ( Robin, a commoner, poses as Marian's deceased husband, a knight), and the main plot is about setting up the legend to happen in the context of a (fictional) French invasion. The movie ends with Robin finally being outlawed by John. Many people were dissatisfied, to say the least, with the film for not following "the story everybody knows". But "the story everybody knows" (most probably through the combination of Errol Flynn, Kevin Costner and Disney) is itself an Adaptation Distillation of centuries of folklore, literature and previous adaptations. Most of the details in the version everyone knows were only established through the years - including all of the above familiar elements, and Robin robbing the rich and giving to the poor itself (which is in the film, but not as much as people expected). So the film is bashed somewhat unfairly for changing and adding to the story, when that's how the legend developed in the first place.
3D technologies had a resurgence when stereoscopic 3D was used on blockbuster movies including Coraline, Avatar, and How to Train Your Dragon. However, there's a resistance forming amongst directors and users, especially among the visually impaired, mainly because 3D requires both of a person's eyes to be good, and not everyone has that luxury; not to mention the requirement of 3D glasses. Indeed this is the reason why movie theaters have still offer 2D showings and many argue that 3D cannot become the standard until this is solved.
One of the most common criticisms of the Americanization of the French Film Le diner de cons, Dinner for Schmucks. The humor and pacing are completely different, as are the characters - the adaptation could almost be deemed In Name Only. In the French original, Brochand was a bastard, the dinner was not shown and the "cons" were utterly normal people with regular hobbies. The American version however makes the "schmucks" total freaks, invites you to point and laugh at them for half of the movie and then ends with the usual "different strokes for different folks". The Brochand counterpart was really only pushed to be mean and he's the hero. Broken Aesop.
When James Cameron released the remastered version of The Terminator the changes made were incredibly minute, limited primarily to the opening credits, the lightning effects and the sounds of gunfire. But for a number of fans these changes weren't minute enough and apparently detracted from the overall quality of the movie.
Hardcore crazed Tekken fans were vilifying the movie before the trailers were even released. Among such rants were whining that Christie was meant to be black/Hispanic/Asian, Kazuya isn't supposed to have facial hair and labeling it an awful film simply because their favourite character wasn't in it. Then when it came out, the fans got even worse.
For Godzilla (2014), there are fans who don't like how they changed Godzilla's roar, or design, or even atomic breath (which may seem weaker or less substantial than usual, partly due to how small it looks compared to Godzilla's bulk, and that its appearance is more akin to the Showa films' vapory blast◊ rather than the more solid energy beam◊ of the Heisei and Millenium films.)
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. For the film's 20th anniversary in 2002, it saw guns replaced with walkie-talkies, gave the title character a CGI makeover and changed one line of dialogue using the word "terrorist" (replaced with the word "hippie"). Mercilessly lampooned in the South Park parody episode "Free Hat". Incidentally, while said episode portrays Steven Spielberg as the diabolical mastermind behind editing Raiders of the Lost Ark, with George Lucas only reluctantly following, in reality Spielberg later stated that editing the movie was a mistake, and the a subsequent home video reissue in 2012 was that of the theatrical version.
If you want to see a fanbase metaphorically explode, just bring up any part of the live-action Transformers films that's different from the G1 show on a forum that's full of G1 fans. For starters, many fans were upset that Optimus Prime's truck mode was not a flatnose, he had flames painted on his cab because the director thought they looked cool, and his magically appearing/disappearing trailer from G1 was nowhere to be seen. Believe it or not, there were even fans who complained about Megatron's alt-mode being one that was actually usable without having to depend on one of his subordinates to pull the trigger.
An article in the Hollywood Reporter interviewed several people involved with The Muppets (who were not named, of course, except for veteran Muppeteer Frank Oz) who expressed their opinion that The Muppets is not true to the characters, makes them act out of character to set up jokes, and that it seems less like a Muppet movie and more like "a Jason Segel movie that happens to have the Muppets in it." A few fans and critics still feel this way, but the vast majority do not.
Halloween III: Season of the Witch got tons of undeserved flak for the sole reason that it was not about Michael Myers anymore. The film itself is not bad (and it has received a resurgence of appreciation in later years), but people wanted Michael Myers and nothing else. Of course they got what they wanted with subsequent movies, and a really bad case of sequelitis ensued.
Disney revised the Walt Disney Pictures Vanity Plate in 2011 so that it no longer includes Walt's first name, or the word "Pictures". Fans see this as an insult to Walt Disney. The company tried to justify the change by saying this version would look easier to read on mobile digital copies. However, the preceding version doesn't look that hard to read when shrunken to iPhone dimensions◊.
An inversion came with the release of the now-blockbuster book adaptation, The Hunger Games. It wasn't changed, yet it sucks? In it, Katniss Everdeen meets a tribute from District 11 named Rue, who later saves Katniss' life after a Mushroom Samba, and then has a heartbreaking death. Some decidedly racist fans were outraged that this beloved character was played by 13-year-old Amandla Stenberg, an African-American actress. The problem is that Rue and her male counterpart, Thresh, WERE ALWAYS DESCRIBED AS SUCH. Their introduction specifically mentions them having dark brown skin. Thankfully, it seems Amandla hasn't taken this nonsense to heart. You can view an article on these idiotic complaints here.
A number of fans (including author George R. R. Martin) complained about founding members Ant-Man and The Wasp being left out of the Avengers live-action movie in favor of Hawkeye and Black Widow, who are portrayed as founders in the film despite not joining the team until well after it was already established in the original comic books. Other complaints ranged from Hawkeye not wearing purple to Captain America not having wings on his helmet. Captain America did have wings on his helmet; the only thing is these wings are painted on, not jutting out.
On the subject of Ant-Man, there are fans outraged over the fact the movie is about Scott Lang, the second Ant-Man, and not Hank Pym, the original. Pym does appear in the movie, just with a massive Age Lift.
Man of Steel. In addition to the usual complaints over the movie using a modified costume for Superman, the casting of African American actor Laurence Fishburneas Lois Lane's traditionally Caucasian boss, Perry White, as well as the casting of a British actor to play (Krypto-American) Superman have also ruffled some feathers among some less than progressive fans. In a weird case, Superman's killing of Zod and the large amount of destruction fighting him is both seen by fans as extremely out of character, and in character, for some fans. The movie is a huge example of a broken base.
The James Bond series is subjected to this whenever anyone brings up over who is the better actor to play as James Bond. The biggest uproar came when Daniel Craig replaced Pierce Brosnan to be the actor playing as Bond due to the fact that Daniel looked very different compared to Pierce, along with his mannerisms. The Pierce VS Daniel flame wars even boiled over to the Goldeneye video game remake when Daniel Craig's voice and likeness were used instead of Pierce Brosnan..
The Amazing Spider-Man receives complaints of various kinds, from casting choices to changes in costume design, some fans have even complained about the mechanical web shooters, in spite of the fact that Spider-man's web shooters have only ever been mechanical in the comic book continuity, except for a few rare occasions in which Peter went through a power upgrade. There where also complaints about the butchery of Peter Parker's character, turning him from a bookish introvert into a skater with no friends.
Film adaptations of The Hunchback of Notre Dame have a tendency to demonize Claude Frollo, omitting his compassionate side and presenting him as an evil villain through and through. This has not been welcomed by fans of the original novel.
Nikkatsu's live-action adaptation of Science Ninja Team Gatchaman sparked some pre-emptive complaints about its changes in the source material. The team no longer wears brightly colored spandex, but instead wear armored suits with more muted colors. The fact that their visors look less bird-like also caused grumbling, along with the fact that the Birdstyle technology was not developed by Dr. Nambu but instead from mysterious stones that grant superhuman strength to those who can draw upon their power. Just about the only change that seems welcomed by fans is the fact that Jun's new suit now averts her habit of having panty shots.
Iron Man 3 received mostly positive reviews and is the second highest grossing movie in the entire MCU, but is still reviled by a number of comic fans because of the Mandarin getting a Race Lift and being revealed to be a fraud with no powers. There exists a bit of Opinion Myopia here, with casual viewers and critics generally giving the film far better scores than comic book readers.
Inverted with the Blu-Ray releases of some Disney-owned movies that exist in multiple cuts, such as Pocahontas, The Muppet Christmas Carol, and Bedknobs and Broomsticks. The Blu-Ray releases of those pictures restored them to the lengths from their US theatrical premieres, much to the disappointment of certain viewers, who actually preferred the extended versions.
The majority of negative reviews Annie is garnering from critics seem to be complaints about:
It was updated from Depression era to modern day, ditching any of the economic commentary that the original show included.
Annie is brought into Stacks' life as a political ploy (even though the original used the little girl in a similar fashion — to make Warbucks look kindhearted and bring him good publicity).
Nobody belts the songs at the top of their voice like in the 70s' version. This one is somewhat merited — the singing is weak in places, and AutoTuned in others.
They got rid of Punjab the Indian servant in favor of Nash the bodyguard.