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


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)


That’s what we should have expected from Michael Bay after what he did with it transformers Franchise. At the Nickelodeon preview in 2012, Bay revealed this TMNT film would have instead come from an alien planet, the heroic turtles and that the film would be titled Ninja Turtles. Fans weren’t happy about this creative decision, as Michaelangelo actor Robbie Rist said Bay is “sodomizing” the franchise. Bay therefore decided that the Turtles would have an origin faithful to the source material, with Megan Fox’s April attacking that scandal in the film.


hellboy (2019)

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Ed Skrein was originally set to play the werejaguar Ben Daimio in Neil Marshalls hellboy reboot. But upon learning from outraged fans that his character was of Asian descent, Skrein resigned 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 bombshell.


suicide squad

Warner Bros.

After the brutal reception of Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice, Warner Bros. decided to steer clear of their initially dark approach to the DCEU and win back their fans. The studio made efforts to reshoot and edit scenes from David Ayers suicide squad as it was due to be released in the same year. They decided to give the film a more comedic and upbeat tone in the style of Dead Pool and Guardians of the Galaxy, so they let the company that created the film’s popular “Bohemian Rhapsody” take control of the film’s final editing. Of course, that turned out to be awful suicide squad got even worse reviews than BvS.




Disney is no stranger to racial controversy. Just look at the crows dumbo (one of them was actually named “Jim Crow”). But in the symphonic classic Fantasia, a black centaur named Sunflower 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 to white characters added fuel to the fire. When audiences criticized these characters, Disney removed them from the film in the ’60s, just as the civil rights movement was shaking the United States.


Alien: Covenant

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Ridley Scott originally decided to move away from the xenomorphs in his extraterrestrial Prequel series that started with Prometheus. But as fans retaliated against the film for omitting the iconic alien for much of the film, Scott decided to bring the xenomorph back into the spotlight Alien: Covenant. While this could have made for a bigger box office draw, Federation underperformed and underperformed at the box office Prometheus.


Fantastic Four (2015)

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The Fantastic Four did not have a good run in cinemas. Despite being Marvel’s first family, this superhero team has yet to get the movie it deserves. Her latest film, directed by Josh Trank, has been heavily criticized even before its release. Fans went ballistic when the film’s iteration of Doctor Doom was called 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)

Warner Bros.

Just like with suicide squadWarner Bros. attempted to change their game plan justice league. When Zack Snyder left the director’s chair after a family tragedy, they hired avenger Director Joss Whedon will oversee the reshoots and eventual rework of the film. Those changes included a lighter tone, more comedic moments, Superman getting a bad CGI lip, and removing any ties to the Knightmare sequence from BvS that set that up justice leagueWar with Darkseid. Ironically, the ensuing backlash resulted in Snyder’s original cut of the film being released.


The robber

20th century studios

This movie out Iron Man 3 Director Shane Black came under fire after it was revealed that one of the actors in the film was an actual 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 despite knowing he was a registered sex offender. Star Olivia Munn reached out to Fox executives after learning the truth, and a scene where Striegel’s character meets Munn’s was understandably removed.


Thin man


Given Slender Man’s popularity, it was only natural that a production studio would want to make a film about him. But the timing couldn’t have been worse as this film comes four years after two girls attempted to murder their friend to appease Slender Man. Many people criticized the filmmakers for cashing in on such a controversial character after the first trailer. So the filmmakers removed several scenes from the film to avoid further backlash, but that just ruined the story.


The interview


It’s no surprise that this film created tensions between the US and North Korea as it featured James Franco and Seth Rogen attempting 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 an apocalypse caused by supernatural creatures, it garnered backlash for depicting real-world tragedy. At the beginning of this film, a news channel shows footage of a train crash, which is the actual Lac Mégantic train that crashed in 2013. This scene was subsequently edited to use footage from an American television show instead.


Wreck-It Ralph 2: Ralph breaks the internet


Although this movie is supposed to be about Wreck-It Ralph and his girlfriend Vanellope, the most memorable moment was when Vanellope met all the Disney princesses in a hilarious meta-scene. However, audiences were outraged at how differently designed Princess Tiana and Pocahontas were in the first trailer of this film, especially because their skin was made lighter. As a result, the animators changed the appearance of these characters to more closely resemble their 2D counterparts.


Aladdin (1992)


Aladdin was one of Disney’s highest-grossing films of the ’90s, but that popularity sparked controversy. Many complaints were filed by the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee regarding the film’s opening song, “Arabian Nights.” This song caused outrage over the lyrics, “Where they cut off your ear if they don’t like your face.” These offensive lyrics were removed and replaced when the film was released on home video.


Army of the Dead


This was the second time a Zack Snyder film had undergone a digital wipe, but luckily this incident had nothing to do with mustache. Actor Chris D’Elia was set to play the heroes’ helicopter pilot, but after being accused of sexually molesting underage girls, he was replaced by Tig Notaro. This was all achieved thanks to some reshoots and some pretty outstanding digital editing.


The Devils

Warner Bros.

This religious drama is one of the most controversial films ever made as it contained many explicit, sexual and violent scenes involving religious figures. The most notable shocking moment consists of a group of naked nuns sexually assaulting a statue of Christ. Not surprisingly, this film has been heavily censored, with three minutes removed from its original cut for its American distribution.


The brown rabbit


This film was the definition of licentiousness, as writer/director/star Vincent Gallo included a scene where his character receives 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 prompted Gallo to re-edit the film, cutting the bloated running time 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 release. After Spacey was accused of being a sexual predator and rapist, Scott reshot Spacey’s scenes with Christopher Plummer replacing him as Jean Paul Getty, and Plummer was nominated for an Oscar for his sudden performance, which was completed in just eight days.


Sonic the Hedgehog


This has to have been one of the worst cases of fan backlash regarding CGI in recent years. We all remember how everyone struck Sonic the Hedgehog after finally seeing the titular character’s disturbing cinematic performance. 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.




The film adaptation by director Tom Hooper cats failed before it was even released, as many people criticized the CGI used to create the film’s humanoid cats. Although the filmmakers have had months to finish the effects since the trailer was released, they were still far from desirable. So, after its premiere, the studio released another version of the film with more polished CGI. But by that time the damage had already been done.

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