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  • In Sonic the Hedgehog (2020), the initial design of Sonic in the teaser trailer and posters received a universally negative reaction, saying that Sonic's design fell hard into the Uncanny Valley. Paramount, Sega, and the filmmakers put the brakes on as hard as they could, and delayed the film's release by three months to redesign and reanimate Sonic. Fortunately, they called in Tyson Hesse to provide the new design, which ended up being much closer to his video game counterpart's design. This second design was rapturously received when finally unveiled to the public, and the movie would go on to be a modest hit.
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  • MonsterVerse: Doctor Serizawa's character received a massive change from his original characterization in his first appearance: The original was a patriot and pacifist who gave his life to both save his country from Godzilla as well as to prevent his superweapon from being used for destruction in the future. His western version, on the other hand, came across as an Evilutionary Biologist who displayed a callous disregard for human life with the very line that set up this cinematic universe: "Let them fight" (I.E, let the titans fight For Science! so we can see what happens.) In Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019), while he still displays a rather Blue-and-Orange Morality-like admiration for the titans, he is shown to also care about the future on mankind in this changing world of giant monsters, and ultimately ends his character arc in the same place as his original basis did: With a Heroic Sacrifice, ironically meant to save Godzilla this time. While Legendary's Serizawa is very much an In Name Only adaptation, he's far from unsympathetic.
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  • Cinderella (2015) makes a few alterations in response to criticisms of Disney's original film (Each human is a Flat Character, the search was poorly executed, the stepmother got away, etc.). For example, Ella and the Prince have more of a personality now, he has an actual name, he and Ella meet each other well before the ball, the Prince's hidden presence in the search party ensures that Cinderella is found, and Lady Tremaine and her daughters are actually punished in the end.note 
  • Lady and the Tramp: Aunt Sarah’s cats are given an entirely new jazz number, as their original song "We are Siamese" had fallen hard into Values Dissonance with its Asian caricatures. Some of the lines remain similar in spirit to the original song, but without the racist subtext.
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  • In The Divergent Series: Insurgent, Tris had her hair cut into a pixie cut, changed from the chin-length haircut of the booksnote , prompting complaints. So The Divergent Series: Allegiant has her hair back at chin-length.
  • DC Extended Universe:
    • Wonder Woman answers a lot of complaints about the earlier DCEU. Considering its much better reception among critics and strong legs at the box office, it would appear to have worked.
      • After the previous two films got a ton of complaints for trying to rush the setting's development until they consisted of little more than a bunch of character introductions with little plot holding them together, this film focuses entirely on Wonder Woman herself, with the framing story notably not contriving an actual appearance from Bruce despite his sizable role in it.
      • The film's treatment of Chief may be a response to the Native American character Slipknot from Suicide Squad. Alongside a sympathetic backstory, Chief is portrayed as an honorable smuggler in comparison to Slipknot being an unpleasant asshole who existed solely to die.
    • Aquaman and SHAZAM! have likable characters, more humor and brighter color palettes, in response to complaints that the previous films were too gritty and dark.
  • Sikh groups and a number of fans in general criticized Star Trek Into Darkness for Whitewashing Khan by casting a white Brit to play him. The prequel comic (published months after the movie was released) attempted to try and fix this a bit by explaining that Admiral Marcus subjected Khan to Magic Plastic Surgery to hide his identity, but he was still an Indian Sikh by birth.
  • Jurassic World:
    • A major complaint of the third movie was how the T. rex was rather easily beaten by the Spinosaurus in a rather blatant example of The Worf Effect. This movie firmly re-establishes the T. rex as the dominant dinosaur. This film has the T. rex smash through a Spinosaurus skeleton on display on her way to confront the I. rex. Despite the I. rex being built up as more dangerous, intelligent, powerful, and sadistic, it's Rexie who ultimately comes out on top. Sure the I. rex kicks her ass at first, but unlike the Spinosaurus, the Indominus has been properly established as essentially a Super Velociraptor rex. So the beatdown made sense. Plus, it allowed for the Velociraptors and T. rex to team up to take down the I. rex.note 
    • Hasbro took some heat when the toys were first minted and sold in stores because the box descriptions used male pronouns despite the film making clear that the dinosaurs are still being bred to all be female. They corrected the mistake on later printings.
    • A major complaint of the franchise in general in the numerous examples of Artistic License – Paleontology that result in the dinosaurs on-screen being completely different than what scientists have proven to be true. The conversation between Dr. Wu and Masrani reveals that In-Universe this was done on purpose. Wu and his team had the knowledge and resources to make the dinosaurs scientifically accurate, but the company requested they engineer the dinosaurs to look like what the public generally perceives them to be, rather than what they really looked like.
    "You didn't ask for reality. You asked for more teeth."
  • Several examples in X-Men Film Series including X-Men: Days of Future Past and X-Men: Apocalypse:
    • Magneto's helmet, while still recolored red from its natural silver color, is a lot darker and a lot less goofy-looking than the one he wore at the end of First Class. It applies to the rest of his costume too. Given that everyone laughed their asses off at his costume back then, it's pretty obvious why the change was made.
    • After how poorly X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men Origins: Wolverine were received by fans and critics alike, the end of Days of Future Past thankfully retconned them out of existence. Previously, Origins itself was subject to a retcon courtesy of The Wolverine, altering all but a few details.
    • X-Men and X2: X-Men United were much better received, but for ages people have complained about how Wolverine tended to steal the spotlight from the other X-Men, most notably the actual team leader Cyclops. Though he's a major player in this film, he certainly doesn't hog the spotlight nearly as much, as much of the ensemble (Professor X and Mystique especially) get a greater degree of screentime. The events of those films may have still happened but only in Broad Strokes, as the Cosmic Retcon more or less leaves the revised future a blank slate. This has given the other X-Men their chance to shine in future films, including Cyclops as his death in The Last Stand was undone.
    • Since the very first movie, fans have complained about the X-Men only wearing black leather uniforms instead of colorful costumes like in the comics. At the end of X-Men: Apocalypse, the X-Men finally don their colorful uniforms from the comics.
    • Psylocke wears her most familiar and long-lived comics outfit from the outset, looking as if she's stepped right off the page — the most comic-accurate character in any X-movie.note 
      • Her whole character is a saving throw compared to the X3 version, where it was a surprise to learn in the credits or online that that one minor Brotherhood member with camouflage powers was even intended to be Psylocke. This one is definitely her, in all her psychic-blade-wielding ninja glory, hammered in by the right-off-the-page costume.
    • Deadpool (2016) and Deadpool 2 were written to win crowds who were turned off by X-Men Origins: Wolverine with a more faithful depiction of Deadpool that respects the source material.
      • After hearing criticism that in the first film where Deadpool wasn't hinted as pansexual, the sequel gave away plenty of hints.
  • The Purge is a horror/thriller which details a suburban American family's struggle to survive the titular event, which is basically an annual government-sanctioned crime spree, purportedly to give the people a chance to act out their violent urges and keep crime down. The result is a home invasion flick with a flimsy Hand Wave explaining away why the family can't just call the cops. After a year of various people snarking at the idea, the sequel, The Purge: Anarchy, attempts to remedy things by revealing that the Purge is simply a scheme by the corrupt ruling oligarchy to terrorise and murder working-class people for fun and profit. The vast majority of citizens hide from the Purge rather than participate in it, so state-sanctioned death squads roam around massacring people to keep up the statistics, and of course, the rich and powerful are completely safe from the Purge and its consequences. The sequel follows a Working Class Anti-Hero protagonist protecting a bunch of people caught up in the Purge and way in over their heads from government death squads. This simultaneously addresses the first film's copious Fridge Logic while tying it all up with a nice political satire and anti-establishment message.
  • Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed is what James Gunn made to people disappointed with Scooby-Doo. It shows the characters being likable with numerous references to the original cartoon with a Lighter and Softer tone that certainly helped its demographic.note 
  • In Aladdin, the climax has Jasmine take part in the action to get the lamp back, instead of having to go through Go-Go Enslavement and Show Some Leg like in the animated movie. As years went by, this part was seen as tasteless in regard of racised women, and also because Jasmine was only 15.
  • The Hobbit: The extended cuts of the films redeemed the trilogy in the eyes of many disappointed fans. Like with The Lord of the Rings, they include more scenes from the book (the Goblin Town song, the first proper meeting of Beorn) and explain certain things (the fate of Thrain which according to the second film's extended commentary was filmed when it was meant to be two movies and Kili's crush on Tauriel is foreshadowed in the extended cut for the first film). The third film's extended cut especially has received acclaim from both fans and critics for fixing a lot of problems for what was considered the weakest of the three movies, including the effects and giving the dwarves a chance to shine.


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