Jett's Take on the BvS SDCC '14 Footage - A Follow Up Posted by: Bill "Jett" Ramey (Follow @BATMANONFILM)
July 30, 2014
A few days ago when I returned home from Comic Con International San Diego 2014, I wrote a “review” of the BATMAN v SUPERMAN footage shown during the Warner Bros. Pictures presentation. For those who might have missed it, HERE IS MY DESCRIPTION and HERE'S MY REVIEW of the footage that was shown.
Not much really, other than I really liked it and thought it was very cool of Warner Bros. and the film’s director, Zack Snyder, to do that for all the fans in attendance. Furthermore, the film’s three stars – Ben Affleck (Batman), Henry Cavill (Superman), and Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman) - accompanied Mr. Snyder to San Diego from the set in Detroit (they had actually been shooting the film the night prior) to be on hand for the less than a minute clip. In my opinion, the film’s studio, director, and cast went above and beyond the call of duty and did something really nice for the fans in attendance. Additionally, fans that were not there to see this footage that was EXCLUSIVE to SDCC ’14 also benefited via the many reports from fans and members of the press who was fortunate enough to witness it.
However, between the time this went down on the Saturday morning of the Con until I got back home to Texas Sunday afternoon, there was this “demand” by the small, but very vocal, segment of fandom that Warner Bros. release this SDCC ’14 exclusive online because they wanted to see it…NOW. I’m not talking about the majority of fandom who are good folks and who couldn’t be at SDCC for financial, work, or logistical reasons. Yeah, they wanted to see it too, but unlike the aforementioned “small but vocal” segment of fandom who believe, wholeheartedly, that they have the RIGHT to see it...that they are ENTITLED to see it...the good ‘ol silent majority simply shrugged it off with an “oh well, that would’ve been cool to see” and went on about their lives.
Consequently, I came down HARD on the “SCREAMING LOUDEST” group of fans for yet another demonstration of bad and embarrassing fan behavior in a rather scathing op-ed that oozed with sarcasm, satire, and self-parody. Here’s a bit of that…
Do I think Warner Bros. should officially release it online in HD with all the bells, whistles, and Batsignals?
Unequivocally, NO - and I say that with peace and love, peace and love.
On one hand, I say release it online as soon as it's presented at Comic Con. That would certainly take the wind out of the sails when it comes to bootlegs popping up online. But doing that just ain't right. It's caving into the pressure of the "screaming loudest" vocal minority of fandom.
I’m sorry folks, you are NOT entitled to see it. If you couldn’t go to San Diego Comic Con, or you were there and couldn’t get into Hall H, too bad. Cry me a river, really. A harsh reality? Yes on both the harsh and the reality.
The bottom line here is that Warner Bros. and director Zack Snyder – who does love him some San Diego Comic Con – did the fans a favor. If you were there to see it, congrats! If you weren’t, you STILL heard about it and were able to read the scene’s descriptions via every damn media outlet that was in Hall H and witnessed it.
Frankly, in the last 24 hours, everyone who wanted to see it, saw it – be it there in person or via a crappy cell phone bootleg online. Releasing this video online right now will do nothing in terms of hyping up BvS for the mainstream audience. Why? Because the mainstream audience – who will make up 95% or more of this film’s audience – doesn’t even have BvS on their radar right now! Thus, there’s no point for WB/Zack Snyder to post that video online right now as it’s only going to be watched by those who saw it in person or a bootleg online. Not one more ticket to BvS will be sold by putting that video online right now, period.
Look, I’ve got A LOT of empathy for the majority of good Batman fans who simply would like to see a HQ version of that video and couldn’t due to money or logistic reasons. They want to see it, can’t, but then they move on 'cause they know the world aint' coming to an end. BUT...
And I know what some of you all are thinking, “Why aren’t you sticking up for us Jett?! Why aren’t you DEMANDING that WB give us that video?!”
Well, I’ll tell you why I’m not: I’m sick of the “entitlement mentality” that a lot of fans have and it’s not BOF’s job to contribute to that nonsense. BOF's job is to lobby WB for the best when it comes to Batman on film. Other than that, I'm not your huckleberry. It’s fine time that the spoiled children of fandom DON'T get what they want just because they throw an anonymous social media fit and say they want it NOW!
Unfortunately, something got lost in the translation, if you will, and I offended a few good and longtime BOF’ers which, of course, was not my intention. In fact, I wasn’t even talking to them outside of the review part. To those folks, I want to say that I do feel bad that my message didn’t come across as intended – though there were many who got from where I was coming from the get-go. While I don’t particularly enjoy having to explain one of my op-eds that was coated with tongue-and-cheekiness, I am truly sorry that some were put off for, well, whatever reason.
With that said and out of the way, I 100% stand by my criticism of the ridiculous behavior on display yet again by the "screaming loudest" group of fans that, unfortunately, have come to represent all of fandom amongst the mainstream. Whether it’s flipping out over casting decisions for films or demanding to see something NOW because they WANT to see it, I’m of the mind that it’s WAY past time for that behavior to go away. Unfortunately, I don’t think it ever will. Thanks to the internet, that genie escaped from the bottle long ago...
A life-long Batman fan, Bill "Jett" Ramey
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