11 Movies That Had Backlash Before Their Appearance

The Tweep It was the last thing I needed in 2020.


upcoming movie trailer, Persuade (2022) recently underwent a backlash on social media for his comedic tone and betrayal of source material.

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The film, based on Jane Austen’s novel of the same name, stars Dakota Johnson as Anne, who “must choose between leaving the past behind or listening to her heart when it comes to second chances.”

The main criticism of the trailer seems to be its novelty. “They seem to have removed the most interesting part of the Jane Austen stories: the social spaces of the time, and forced women to move around in them. Seems like this is a modern teenage drama in 18th century clothing. No thanks,” Twitter user Wrote.


The Tweep (2020), a dystopian thriller based on the COVID-19 pandemic, was largely met with global criticism once the project was announced.

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The film, starring KJ Apa and Sofia Carson, is set in the year 2024, in a world where COVID-19 has turned into a more deadly COVID-23, resulting in forced quarantine camps. “Reading room should be offered as an elective in high school,” a Twitter user Wrote In response to the trailer.

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Writer and director Adam Mason addressed the controversy in an interview with BuzzFeed News: “I totally understand if you want to be like ‘f*ck this movie,’ but the movie’s core message is hopeful to me. That was what I saw I was really trying to cross over. Did I wasn’t trying in any way to make a negative movie that takes advantage of what by anyone standards is a horrible, horrible time.”

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trailer for Dear Evan Hansen, (2021) sparked an immediate reaction to the selection of Ben Platt, then 27, as a high school student.

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Although Platt played the character on the original Broadway show, which won several Tony Awards, many felt he had outgrown the role. Others criticized the film’s use of anti-aging makeup, which some believe had the opposite effect on Platt.

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Platt defended the casting in an interview with Zack Sang: People like to have what they say is negative, no matter what it is. And so, if my thing is something I absolutely can’t control–which is my age–then bring it up. I’m glad it’s not about the performance or my voice or anything really important.”


Taylor Swift faced a backlash when she announced her participation in the upcoming film of the 2018 novel, Where Cordads sings. The book’s writer, Delia Owens, has a problematic past, to say the least.

This 2010 article explains in detail, but essentially, Owens and her husband are wanted* in Zambia for interrogation in connection with a murder. The novel has been accused of having disturbing similarities to the real-life incident, as well as anti-blackening allegations.

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*Owens does not consider herself a suspect in the case, but several sources have indicated that her stepson and her husband may be involved.

Needless to say, the upcoming movie is controversial. Where Cordads sings It will be released on July 15, 2022.

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Ghostbusters (2016), which features a mostly female cast, received instant backlash online when the trailer debuted. At the time, it was the most hated movie trailer in YouTube history.

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The movie was also spammed with poor ratings on IMDb prior to its release. Director Paul Feig directed The backlash on Twitter: “Interesting that making a movie with men in lead roles is normal, but making a movie with women in lead roles is a ‘gimmick’. #its2014”.

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“I just wanted the funniest people, and the funniest people I know are these women,” Feige told reporters and fans at an event on the Sony Culver City website. “It shouldn’t be about that. Ghostbusters For everyone “.

The film has an approval rating of 73% on Rotten Tomatoes.

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the cats (2019) was pretty much doomed once the official trailer dropped. Immediately, social media was flooded with sarcastic memes and negative reactions.

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In particular, people have criticized the effects of CGI.

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The response actually prompted the filmmakers to change CGI. Director Tom Hooper explained in an interview with Empire, “We only finished filming in March, so all the visual effects [in the trailer] It was at an early stage. Perhaps there was, to the extreme in some of the responses, some clues as to how to continue to evolve [the production]. When you watch the final movie, you’ll see that some cat designs have evolved since then, and certainly, our understanding of how to use technology to make them work has also increased.”

after release, the cats It was a box office bombshell and was critically criticized. It has a 19% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

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On a similar note, sonic the hedgehog (2020) was actually delayed because people were so freaked out by Sonic’s design in the initial trailer.

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Director Jeff Fowler to thank Fans took to Twitter to criticize them: “The message is loud and clear…I’m not happy with the design and want changes. It will happen.”

Thank you for the support. and criticism. The message is loud and clear… I’m not happy with the design & want changes. it will happen. Everyone at Paramount & Sega is fully committed to making this character the best he can be… #sonicmovie #gottafixfast 🔧✌️

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ghost in bowl (2017) – adapted from the Japanese manga of the same name – has been criticized for the Asianization of Scarlett Johansson, a white woman, as an Asian character in the source material.

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According to ScreenCrush, Paramount and DreamWorks also attempted to make Johansson “look East Asian” by altering CGI in post-production. The experiment was reportedly called off, but it continues to receive criticism.

Johansson later touched on the backlash in an interview with Marie Claire: “I would definitely never assume I was playing someone else’s race. Diversity is important in Hollywood, and I never wanted to feel like I was playing an abusive character. Also, having a franchise with the protagonist leads This is a rare opportunity. Certainly, I feel tremendous pressure for it – the weight of such a large property on my shoulder.”

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ghost in bowl It has a 43% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

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Adapted from the manga series of the same name, the film was criticized for choosing Nat Wolff, a white actor, as the protagonist, Light Turner. Likes ghost in bowlwas a Japanese wolf character in the source material.

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Producer Roy Lee defended the casting in an interview with BuzzFeed News: “I can understand the criticism…if our version of death note It is set in Japan and [featured] Characters who were Japanese or of Japanese origin. … It’s an interpretation of that story in a different culture, so there will be some obvious changes. Some people will like them, and some people may not.”

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When the trailer for the giver Released (2014), some fans of the source material were upset that it was color rather than black and white. For context, the characters in the book are not able to see color.

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However, the movie ended up showing black and white footage after all. It begins in black and white and then progresses to color as the protagonist, Jonas, gains the ability to see in color.

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the giver It has a 35% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

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finally, emoji movie (2017) was met with overwhelming negative on social media once the initial trailer appeared. The teaser received over 22,000 likes on YouTube within 24 hours of its release.

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The movie also sparked controversy when Sony published a file expressive movie Parody The Handmaid’s Tale as a promotional image. The tweet has since been deleted.

emoji movie It has a 6% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

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