"Stereotypical Fan: Stop Being A Stereotype" Author: Bill "Jett" Ramey (Follow @BATMANONFILM.COM)
November 28, 2013
EDITOR’S NOTE (7/29/14): The following op-ed was written a few months ago – Fall 2013 – in response to the very embarrassing “fanboy fallout” that followed WB’s announcement that Gal Gadot had been cast as Wonder Woman in director Zack Snyder’s BATMAN v SUPERMAN.
At least it should be to any self-respecting fan of Batman, comic books, and the comic book film genre. Just like the nonsense that went down over the CASTING OF BEN AFFLECK AS BATMAN.
And by the way, where are all those "Batfleck Haters" now? Just sayin'. ANYWAY...
Let me ask you all this: Do you want “message board guy” and the small, but very vocal and loud minority of fandom to represent YOU?
I KNOW how all my good, loyal, and longtime BOF’er answered! (Love you guys!)
Come on y’all – you non-vocal majority of fandom – stop putting up with this sort of shameful nonsense! Speak up and start commenting when you can to point out the ridiculous drivel and call these people OUT. It’s PAST time for a better class of fandom, and BOF is going to give it to them.
However, I’m quite sure that I’ll have bats fly out of my rear before fanboys actually behave in a socially acceptable manner. Regardless, I’ll keep on keeping on the good fight with satire, sarcasm, self-parody, and tough love…
…but mostly with those first three because that's more fun. - "Jett"
Another comic book movie casting announcement, and yet another immature and petulant meltdown by a small, but very vocal, segment of fandom.
The object of their outrageous outburst: Israeli actress Gal Gabot.
Despite the fact that they’ve been proven wrong again and again over the years when it comes to casting – Michael Keaton as Batman, Heath Ledger as The Joker and Anne Hathaway as Catwoman immediately come to mind – they continue to freak out and complain whenever the actor/actress chosen to portray one of their beloved comic book superheroes doesn't jibe with whom they would've cast.
Trust me; I know that most of the fans that have issues with the casting/storylines/aesthetics of a comic book film display their concerns in a thoughtful and classy manner. But sadly, some don’t; they prefer a more juvenile and foolish approach when it comes to publicly exibiting their displeasure. I am NOT saying that one can’t disagree or be disappointed with a casting choice by a director and/or studio. One may not believe said actor/actress has the acting chops to pull off the role. Hell, I can even accept that they don’t like it just because they don’t like it – Ben Affleck as Batman for example – you know what I’m saying?
This time, however, this segment of fandom has CROSSED THE LINE of what should be considered not only fair, but DECENT.
According to these frenzied folks, Ms. Gabot’s “boobs are too small” and she isn’t “thick enough” (Translation: Her derrière doesn’t resemble that of Kim Kardashian’s). Really? And to these “fans,” there’s nothing wrong with sort of misogynic hyperbole.
As someone who has a mother (My mother passed nearly four years ago, but she’s still my Mom), wife, and daughter, this sort nonsense is beyond offensive. Even if I didn’t have a mother (which is impossible), wife or daughter, it would STILL be offensive.
And as a fan of comic books and superheroes, I’m PAST being sick and tired of this tiny slice of fandom wrongly representing the vast majority of good fans due to their ranting, raging, and fit-pitching over, in this case, the casting of a comic book movie...A COMIC BOOK MOVIE!
And frankly, it goes way beyond these latest sexually-laced tirades over Ms.Gadot’s perceived physical shortcomings. No, just about every time someone is cast as a comic book superhero, these individuals flip out over the decision and take to the internet with outlandish reasons why the decision bad – with the belief that the person chosen "sucks" being at the top of the list.
"Teh Affleck SUCKS! Teh Affleck can't act because he SUCKS! Ben SUCK-FLECK!"
Yeah, saying a person “sucks” is one hell of a strong argument!
It’s OK to disagree and do so with legitimate and intelligent arguments against the casting. But I’m sorry, it’s not – or at least it shouldn’t be – OK to act like a complete A-hole. And no, chalking up such behavior as “having an opinion” is a compete load of BS.
Just. Stop. It.
And to all the good fans out there – and I know there are A LOT of us – we CAN NOT continue to stick our heads in the sand and ignore this asinine behavior. We MUST say that this is not acceptable so that the mainstream – the “non-fans” if you will – realizes that most of fandom are good folks; NOT a bunch of borderline anti-social man-children throwing temper tantrums.
The Comic book film genre has come a long way over the last several years. It’s time that some of its fans do the same stop behaving like the “Comic Book Guy” stereotype. - Bill "Jett" Ramey
A life-long Batman fan, Bill "Jett" Ramey
is the founder of BATMAN-ON-FILM.COM.
He likes Elvis, The University of Texas,
Dallas Cowboys Football, and of course...
He resides in the GREAT state of TEXAS with his lovely wife, three kids, and two Boston Terriers.