19 Movies That Were Changed After Public Comments

In this show business you have to give the audience what they want.

As is the nature of supply and demand, audiences have had a huge effect on what the film industry produces for them.

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Such an impact comes after audiences unleash waves of controversy over who or what appears in a movie, especially now that they can share their views globally on social media. So be prepared, because we’re going to look back at 19 movies that were changed by public reactions.



Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)


We should have expected this one from Michael Bay after what he did with the Transformers franchisee. During Nickelodeon’s 2012 presentation, Bay revealed that this: TMNT movie would have that the heroic turtles would instead come from an alien planet and the movie would be titled ninja turtles† Fans weren’t happy with this creative decision, with Michaelangelo actor Robbie Rist saying Bay was “sodomizing” the franchise. Bay therefore decided to give the Turtles an origin loyal to the source material, with Megan Fox’s April making a jab at this scandal in the film.


hellboy (2019)


Ed Skrein was originally set to play the werejaguar Ben Daimio in Neil Marshall’s hellboy Restart. But when he learned that his character was of Asian descent by outraged fans, Skrein stepped down from his role. He was eventually replaced by Daniel Dae Kim, but even that wasn’t enough to save this cursed movie. hellboy ended up being a critical and commercial bomb.


suicide squad

Warner Bros.

After the brutal reception of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Warner Bros. concluded. avoid their initially shady approach to the DCEU and win back their fans. The studio rushed to re-record and edit scenes by David Ayer suicide squad as it was scheduled to release the same year. They chose to give the film a more comedic and upbeat tone along the lines of Deadpool and Guardians of the Universe, so they let the company that created the film’s much-loved “Bohemian Rhapsody” take control of the final cut of the film. Of course this ended terribly, because suicide squad got even worse reviews than BvS




Disney is no stranger to racist controversies. Just look at the crows of dumbo (one of them was actually called “Jim Crow”). But in the symphonic classic Fantasia, a black centaur named Zonnebloem is shown polishing the hooves of a white centaur. Another black centaur named Otika appears in the film rolling out a red carpet for Bacchus. Sunflower and Otika are clearly racist caricatures, and the fact that they are portrayed as servants of white characters added fuel to the fire. Because the public criticized these characters, Disney removed them from the film in the 1960s, just as the Civil Rights Movement rocked the US.


Alien: Covenant

20th century studios

Ridley Scott originally decided to part with the xenomorphs in his Alien prequel series that started with Prometheus† But when fans took revenge on the film for omitting the iconic alien for much of the film, Scott decided to put the xenomorph back in the spotlight with Alien: Covenant† While this could have resulted in a bigger box office draw, Covenant underperformed at the box office, earning less than Prometheus


Fantastic four (2015)

20th century studios

The Fantastic Four have not fared well in cinemas. Despite being Marvel’s First Family, this superhero team hasn’t gotten the movie they deserve yet. Their latest cinematic outing, directed by Josh Trank, was heavily criticized even before its release. Fans went ballistic when the iteration of Doctor Doom in the movie was supposed to be named Victor Domashev instead of Victor von Doom. And so the studio brought everyone back to do reshoots and made Doom’s name the same as its comic book counterpart.


Justice League (2017)

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just like with suicide squadWarner Bros. tried to change their game plan with Justice League† When Zack Snyder left the director’s chair after a family tragedy, they took… avengers director Joss Whedon to direct reshoots and eventually overhaul the film. Such changes include a more light-hearted tone, more comedic moments, Superman getting a bad CGI lip, and the removal of connections to BvS’ Knightmare series that Justice Leaguewar with Darkseid. Ironically, the ensuing backlash led to Snyder’s original version of the film being released.


The Predator

20th century studios

This movie by Iron Man 3 Director Shane Black came under fire after it was revealed that one of the actors in the film was a real predator. Steven Wilder Striegel, who had a small role in the film, attempted a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl in 2010, and Black hired him knowing he was a registered sex offender. Star Olivia Munn approached Fox executives after learning the truth, and a scene where Striegel’s character hit Munn’s hits was understandably deleted.


Slender man


Given the popularity of Slender Man, it was only natural that a production studio wanted to make a film about him. But the timing couldn’t have been worse, as this movie came four years after two girls tried to kill their boyfriend to appease Slender Man. Many people criticized the filmmakers for cashing in on such a controversial figure after the first trailer. So the filmmakers removed several scenes from the film to avoid more slack, but this only managed to ruin the story.


The interview


It’s no surprise that this film sparked tensions between the US and North Korea as James Franco and Seth Rogen attempted to assassinate Kim Jong-un. North Korean hackers responded to the production of this film by launching a cyber attack on Sony Pictures and leaking private information to the masses. Although the film premiered on demand, Kim Jong-un’s death scene was digitally edited to appear less gory and avoid more controversy.




While this Netflix hit follows a group of people surviving a supernatural-induced apocalypse, it has been criticized for portraying a real-life tragedy. At the beginning of this film, a news channel shows images of a train wreck, that was from the actual Lac-Mégantic train that crashed in 2013. This scene was then edited to use footage from an American TV show instead.


Wreck-It Ralph 2: Ralph breaks the internet


While this movie is meant to be about Wreck-It Ralph and his friend, Vanellope, the most memorable moment was when Vanellope met all the Disney princesses in a hilarious metascene. However, the audience was outraged at how Princess Tiana and Pocahontas were designed differently in the first trailer for this film, especially because their skins were lightened. As a result, the animators changed the look of these characters to make them more like their 2D counterparts.


aladdin (1992)


Aladdin was one of Disney’s most successful films of the ’90s, but such popularity sparked controversy. Many complaints were filed by the US Arab Anti-Discrimination Commission about the film’s opening song, “Arabian Nights.” This song sparked outrage for the lyrics, “Where they cut off your ear if they don’t like your face.” This offensive text was removed and replaced when the film was released on home video.


Army of the Dead


This was the second time a Zack Snyder movie had been digitally erased, but thankfully this incident wasn’t mustache related. Actor Chris D’Elia was supposed to play the heroes’ helicopter pilot, but after he was accused of sexually harassing underage girls, he was replaced by Tig Notaro. This was all done thanks to some new footage and some pretty awesome digital edits.


The Devils

Warner Bros.

This religious drama is one of the most controversial films ever made as it featured many explicit, sexual and violent scenes with religious figures. The most notable shocking moment involves a group of naked nuns sexually assaulting a statue of Christ. Unsurprisingly, this film was heavily censored and three minutes were removed from the original version for US distribution.


The brown rabbit


This movie was the definition of self-indulgence, as writer/director/lead actor Vincent Gallo shot a scene where his character gets unsimulated fellatio from co-star Chloë Sevigny. This film was understandably panned at the Cannes Film Festival, sparking a bitter feud between Gallo and critic Roger Ebert. However, all of this criticism drove Gallo to re-edit the film, reducing its bloated runtime from 119 minutes to 93 minutes.


All the money in the world


Ridley Scott faced the daunting task of removing Kevin Spacey from his film just a month before its release. After Spacey was accused of being a sexual predator and rapist, Scott re-shot Spacey’s scenes with Christopher Plummer replacing him as the character Jean Paul Getty, and Plummer was nominated for an Academy Award for his sudden performance, which was completed in just eight days. completed.


Sonic the hedgehog


This has to be one of the worst cases of fan backlash over CGI in recent years. We all remember how everyone hit Sonic the hedgehog after finally seeing the disturbing cinematic appearance of the titular hero. As a result, the film was delayed for a few months to allow the filmmakers to recreate the blue hedgehog, and all the hard work paid off in the end as the film became a critical and commercial success.




Director Tom Hooper’s adaptation of cats had failed before it was even released, as many people criticized the CGI used to create the film’s humanoid felines. Although the filmmakers had months since the trailer’s release to finish the effects, they were still less than desirable. So after the premiere, the studio released another version of the film with more polished CGI. But at that point the damage was already done.

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