Over the past few weeks, we’ve seen the full fury of the internet rain down on Hollywood after fans reacted harshly to the casting announcements for the upcoming Man of Steel sequel and the Fifty Shades of Grey adaptation. As always, there have been plenty of angry tweets and blog posts, fan petitions and even talk of boycotting the upcoming films, even though ultimately we know that none of this will really make a difference. But should it? In this day and age, many fans feel a sense of ownership over the things that they love and they want to help shape them creatively. Since they are the ones responsible for its popularity, shouldn’t they have some input?
The obvious problem with this argument is that fans can’t always be trusted to make the right creative decisions. From the casting of Daniel Craig as James Bond to Heath Ledger as the Joker, there are so many examples where a casting choice that was initially shunned actually turned out to be great. On the flip side, there aren’t many examples where the fans actually turned out to be right… maybe Jack Reacher? Still, like it or not, if studios want to avoid negative publicity, they usually need to play nice with fans on some level. What do you think? Are fans too quick to judge when it comes to casting choices? Do they have a misplaced sense of entitlement or do they deserve to have a say? Should studios pay more attention to what fans want or is that just design by committee? Give us your thoughts here on Open Forum Friday.