I put my hand up, I was a fanboy once. I remember seeing The Phantom Menace nine times in the cinema. I also remember defending it to friends, they would bring up objections and I would explain to them why they were wrong and how The Phantom Menace was the greatest movie ever… since it was a Star Wars movie!
I roll my eyes now at how I used to be. I still love Star Wars, well sort of, but I see now how bad a movie The Phantom Menace was; a very weak story, lazy direction, crappy SFX, plot holes, a terrible light sabre fight, yes, the fight between Obi-Wan, Qui-Gon and Darth Maul is a terrible fight.
Over time, I have learned that it is OK to see the faults in things and still love them. There is no such thing as a perfect movie, it might be very close, but it still has flaws. I would say I grew out of being a fanboy.
Is there anything wrong with being a fanboy about something? I use the term fanboy mostly in connection with certain movie franchises, Star Wars, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings etc. Even certain horror franchises have their fanboys, don’t say anything bad about any of the Halloween movies on Twitter.
What Is A ‘Fanboy’?
Talking to one of the other content creators on the Last Movie Outpost, Shawn Thompson, we had a chat about fanboys and who and what they are. I think there are about three definitions.
1. The ‘Diehard’ Fan
You have those fans, of certain series, that love that series, no matter what! No matter how good or bad the movie (or any other media, but I’m mostly talking about movies) is, they will love it!
It’s funny reading some social media since there are some people who have already decided that Spiderman: No Way Home is the greatest movie of all time… even though they haven’t seen it yet. The movie may suck donkey balls, but that won’t matter, they will love it!
2. The Middle-Of-The-Roader Fan
I put myself in this category, the kind of person that loves the series, but sees the faults, which is OK. It’s disappointing to see the movies going downhill, but what can I do? I’m just one man. I sit there, frustrated and just hope for the future.
The ‘How Dare You’ Fan
There are fans that love the movies but hate the companies that now make them. So much so, they go on social media and complain to everyone, to make their voices heard, hoping they can change things. They are pretty toxic and tend to pick on everyone who dares say anything positive about the movie they love to hate.
We have seen the rise of social media in the past few years and it has changed a lot of things. We have seen how fans/fanboys made Paramount change Sonic the Hedgehog from the ghastly abomination in the trailer to the Sonic we got in the final movie. Paramount had to cough up an estimated extra $5 mill for the CG to be corrected. This means the fanboys won, they shouted and moaned on social media and the company caved into their demands.
If you go on social media and search for Snyderverse, there are still people fighting, shouting and moaning that Warner Brothers should get Zack Snyder back to finish the DC Universe. At the moment, Warner Brothers are not caving in and making it pretty clear, they won’t negotiate with terrorists, I mean, fanboys.
There are obviously people who are very passionate about the properties they love. Star Wars will always have a soft spot in my heart, it’s one of the first memories, sitting with my dad and watching it. It’s something that has been with me my whole life. Am I annoyed at Disney? Yes. The last three movies were terrible, with no real story, no character development, but made new additions to the Force, but without any rhyme or reason.
I did do a little moaning on social media, and I’ve made my thoughts clear here and there on the live streams, but I know I can’t do much to change things, I’m not Frodo. The one thing I can do is vote with my wallet. I don’t think I saw Solo in the cinemas since I was still annoyed at The Last Jedi. I know it was only one ticket, but many fans did the same.
Solo was the first Star Wars movie to ever make a loss in the domestic cinema. Fans were now on to Disney and they were making it clear, they weren’t happy.
On the other side of the coin, where were the Type 1 fanboys? Solo was a Star Wars movie and they were going to see it, no matter what! These fans would love the movie and they were paying to see it. The issue then is, do fanboys like this mean that Disney will just carry on making the movies, no matter what? Or, do they try to win back the fanboys who are annoyed?
It does seem like Disney have listened, they had planned a new Star Wars movie, once every year, but we haven’t seen a Star Wars movie in the cinemas since The Rise of Skywalker. TROS did make money, topping just over $1 bill in the worldwide box office, but it was almost half of what The Force Awakens did. Fans were excited at The Force Awakens, but by The Rise of Skywalker, they were much more dubious about Disney. Both the box office takings and the overall ratings so what the fans thought.
There seem to be the two camps with Star Wars, fans who hate the Disney sequel trilogy and it will take a lot for Disney to get their trust back, if they can at all, but there are also the other fans who love The Rise of Skywalker, Rey is the greatest Jedi of all time and Disney can do no wrong.
The fanboys, who think that Disney can do no wrong, are going to buy tickets to any movie with Star Wars on it, which means Disney will still make money out of them. Are these the type of fanboy that is going to stop Star Wars from getting any better?
I know I’ve focused on Star Wars, since, as I said, it’s close to my heart, but there are Marvel fans out there that are still annoyed at the Mandarin. There are Lord of the Rings fans that are still annoyed at Tauriel.
All of the above are the musings of myself and Shawn, but what are your thoughts? What do you describe as a fanboy? Are they a force for good, making positive changes for movies? Or a force for bad, letting companies just carry on making the same old crap?