Back in September, our very own MFR wrote an editorial about how he personally felt that DCU veteran director Zack Snyder needed to step up and make a comment to certain parts of his fanbase that were antagonizing other employees involved with DC Entertainment. While we as fans may continue to agree or disagree on whether he made the right choice, Snyder remained silent and did not speak up. But now another DC director has been put in this unfavorable position, and it’s a different story…
Following his latest film Aquaman finally hitting theaters and receiving some backlash from certain critics and moviegoers (albeit a far cry from the negativity surrounding Snyder’s entries in the DCU), director James Wan has taken to Twitter to speak to both sides of the equation. Wan stated, “It has come to my attention that some folks are getting harassed by some fans for not liking AQM. Please don’t do that. Not the kind of support I want. Be respectful. Vice versa, it’s ok to not like my film, but there’s no need to attack me personally, or tag me on hates. Peace.”
It has come to my attention that some folks are getting harassed by some fans for not liking AQM. Please don’t do that. Not the kind of support I want. Be respectful. Vice versa, it’s ok to not like my film, but there’s no need to attack me personally, or tag me on hates. Peace✌️
— James Wan (@creepypuppet) December 30, 2018
This is a seriously classy response from Wan. Ultimately films, like any other form of entertainment, is subjective. There’s no such thing as “pleasing everyone” and it comes down to just doing the best that you can to tell your story in whatever medium you’re communicating it through. Accepting that not everyone will enjoy your film can be tricky to do, but it can be worth it too- so long as those criticisms are coming from a place of good faith and earnest constructive criticisms, rather than it be any sort of attempt to attack the storyteller.
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