"Aladdin," "Sonic" and 17 other movies that were changed due to public backlash

“Aladdin,” “Sonic” and 17 other movies that were changed due to public backlash

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

Like the nature of supply and demand, the public has a huge influence on what the film industry produces for them.

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Such an impact comes after viewers unleash waves of controversy over who or what will appear in the film, especially now that they can share their views across the globe on social media. So get ready as we take a look back at 19 movies that were changed by public reaction.



Ninja Turtles (2014)


We should have expected that from Michael Bay after what he did to him Transformers franchise. At Nickelodeon’s 2012 upfront presentation, Bay revealed that this TMNT In the movie, the heroic turtles would instead come from an alien planet and that the movie would be called Ninja Turtles. Fans weren’t thrilled with this creative decision, with Michaelangelo actor Robbie Rist saying that Bay had “sodomized” the franchise. Bay thus decided that the Turtles would have an origin true to the source material, with Megan Fox’s April slamming the film for the scandal.


Hellboy (2019)


Ed Skrein was originally slated to play jaguar Ben Daimio in Neil Marshall’s play Hellboy restart. But once outraged fans learned that his character was of Asian descent, Skrein stepped down from the 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

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After a brutal reception Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice, Warner Bros. decided to eschew their initially dark approach to the DCEU and win back their fans. The studio tried to reshoot and edit scenes from David Ayer Suicide Squad as it was scheduled for release in the same year. They decided to give the film a more comedic and optimistic tone in spirit Deadpool and Guardians of the Galaxy, so they let the company that created the film’s beloved “Bohemian Rhapsody” take control of the film’s final cut. Of course it turned out horribly Suicide Squad has even worse reviews than BvS.




Disney is no stranger to racist controversies either. Just look at the crows from Dumbo (one of which 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 and rolls out the red carpet for Bacchus. Sunflower and Otika are downright racist caricatures, and the fact that they are portrayed as servants of white characters added fuel to the fire. As a result of audience criticism of these characters, Disney removed them from the film in the 1960s, just as the Civil Rights Movement was rocking the US.


Alien: Covenant

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Ridley Scott originally decided to back away from the xenomorphs in his Alien a prequel to the series that began Prometheus. But as fans of the film took revenge for leaving out the iconic alien for most of the film, Scott decided to bring the xenomorph back into the spotlight Alien: Covenant. While this may have resulted in a larger box office draw, Contract it underperformed at the box office and grossed less than Prometheus.


Fantastic Four (2015)

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Fantastic Four did not do well in theaters. Despite being Marvel’s first family, this superhero team has yet to get the movie they deserve. Their latest film outing, directed by Josh Trank, was heavily criticized before its release. Fans went ballistic when the movie iteration of Doctor Doom was named Victor Domashev instead of Victor von Doom. So the studio brought everyone back to reshoot and made Doom’s name the same as his comic book counterpart.


justice league (2017)

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As with Suicide Squadwith Warner Bros. they tried to change their game plan justice league. As soon as Zack Snyder left the director’s chair after a family tragedy, they got hired Avengers director Joss Whedon to direct the reshoots and ultimately rework the film. Such changes included a lighter tone, more comedic moments, Superman getting a CGI bad lip, and removing all connections to BvS’s Knightmare sequence that set up justice leaguethe war with Darkseid. Ironically, the subsequent backlash led to Snyder’s original cut of the film being released.



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This movie from 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, tried to have a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl in 2010, and Black hired him because he knew he was a registered sex offender. Star Olivia Munn reached out to Fox executives after learning the truth, and the scene in which Striegel’s character hits on Munn’s was understandably removed.


The Slender Man


Given Slender Man’s popularity, it was only natural that a production studio wanted to make a movie about him. But the timing couldn’t be worse, as this movie is set four years after two girls try to murder their boyfriend to tame Slender Man. Many people criticized the filmmakers for cashing in on such a controversial character after the first trailer. So the makers of the film removed a few scenes from the film to avoid more backlash, but this only succeeded in ruining the story.




It’s no surprise that this movie created tension between the US and North Korea, as it showed James Franco and Seth Rogen trying 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, the death scene of Kim Jong-un was digitally edited to appear less gory and avoid more controversy.


Bird box


While this Netflix hit follows a group of people who survive an apocalypse caused by supernatural creatures, it has garnered backlash for depicting the real-world tragedy. At the beginning of this film, a news channel shows footage of a train crash involving the real Lac-Mégantic train that crashed in 2013. This scene was subsequently edited to use footage from an American TV 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 hilariously meta scene. However, viewers were outraged by how Princess Tiana and Pocahontas were designed differently in the first trailer for this film, specifically because their skin was lightened. 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 most successful films during the 1990s, but such popularity brought controversy. The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee has raised many complaints about the film’s opening song, “Arabian Nights”. The song caused outrage for the lyrics “Where they cut your ear off when 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 film was forced to undergo digital erasure, but thankfully the incident was unrelated to the mustache. Actor Chris D’Elia was supposed to play the heroes’ helicopter pilot, but was replaced by Tig Notaro after he was accused of sexually harassing underage girls. This was all done with some reshoots and some pretty stellar digital editing.



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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 notably shocking moment is 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 cut for its American distribution.


Brown bunny


This movie was the very definition of indulgence, as writer/director/lead actor Vincent Gallo included a scene in which his character receives an unsimulated blowjob from co-star Chloë Sevigny. Understandably, this film was shot at the Cannes Film Festival, sparking a bitter dispute between Gallo and critic Roger Ebert. However, all of this criticism prompted Gall to re-edit the film, reducing the inflated running time from 119 minutes to 93.


All the money in the world


Ridley Scott was faced with the difficult 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 reshot Spacey’s scenes with Christopher Plummer replacing him as Jean Paul Getty, and Plummer was nominated for an Academy Award for his sudden performance, which was completed in just eight days .


Sonic the Hedgehog


This has to be one of the worst cases of fan backlash against CGI in years. We all remember how everyone banged Sonic the Hedgehog after finally seeing the title character’s disturbing cinematic appearance. As a result, the film was delayed for several months so that the filmmakers could recreate the blue hedgehog, and all the hard work eventually paid off as the film became a critical and commercial success.




Adapted by director Tom Hooper Cats failed before it was even released, as many people criticized the CGI used to create the film’s humanoid felines. Even though the filmmakers had months to complete the effects since the trailer was released, 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.

Do you agree with this list? Are there any other altered movies that I missed? Please let me know in the comments section below.

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