The Great Debate returns once again to Last Movie Outpost. If there is something to be settled in the world of movies, entertainment, streaming or gaming then how better to solve it than by deploying the collective wisdom of you, our beloved Outposters. This week we tackle a thorny subject that is currently a hot topic in the world of entertainment.
With Henry Cavill’s heartfelt farewell after learning of his Superman fate, once again his geek credentials seem impeccable. The Warhammer 40K playing video game fan was also a tremendous fan of The Witcher book series by Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski. Indeed, his fanboy status made him part of the reason the show was even launched in the first place.
However rumors grew of his increasing unhappiness at certain creative decisions being made about the direction of the show, particularly in relation to his lead character, Geralt of Rivia, alongside Yennefer of Vengerberg and Princess Ciri. This led to his decision to quit the show, regardless of Superman role waiting for him.
Online rumors are swirling of a falling out with showrunners, and his working with writers to try and keep the character and show direction true to the original source.
X-Men: The Animated Series writer Beau DeMayo famously dropped a bomb on The Witcher writers room and showrunner when he used The Witcher as an example of what not to do with a show:
“I’ve been on a show – namely Witcher – where some of the writers were not or actively disliked the books and games (even actively mocking the source material.) It’s a recipe for disaster and bad morale. Fandom as a litmus test checks egos, and makes all the long nights worth it.
You have to respect the work before you’re allowed to add to its legacy.”
Well, hold your horses there, exceptionally hot Marisa Tomei, is it really a fact? Christopher Nolan was actively not a Batman fan and admitted he had to study the lore, but not too much of it, before he tackled the world of Bruce Wayne, and look how that turned out. Three of arguably the best Batman movies, and among the best superhero movies, ever made.
Conversely, Bryan Singer was a huge fan of Superman and especially the first two Christopher Reeve movies. That didn’t help Superman Returns kick on enough to get a sequel.
Meanwhile, over a Lucasfilm, it seems everyone has a different interpretation of what makes Star Wars sometimes several at at a time, all within the same room. Obi Wan-Kenobi was basically a fan film and it was terrible. Tony Gilroy is fairly dismissive of Star Wars lore in general, and Andor was a triumph. So what the hell is the best approach?
So the Great Debate this time around is this:
Do you have to be a fan of a property to work on a show or movie based on that property?
Does it make you creatively limited? Or true to the original vision? The Great Debate is open! Have at it Outposters! Make us proud.