What’s going on with the recent fan protests about the casting of 50 Shades and Batman? On its own, I’m struggling to be interested in the hoo-ha about 50 Shades (apparently voted the least-desired present for Christmas, and the most likely book to be left behind in a Travelodge). But, with the Batman protest a few weeks ago, it feels like it might be becoming a phenomenon: fans want control.
But does any actor embody a character as you imagine them? Mostly, after a while, it’s impossible to imagine the character as anyone else, though.
Playing with audience appetites is a long-established Hollywood game. Back when Garbo and John Gilbert were the subject of hot gossip, the studio put them in a film with a mischievous title so they could announce they were in Love.
Maybe this furore is just good advertising.
So, answers please: Is this significant? Should an audience be able to affect creative decisions before a book or film is released?
(Incidentally, the picture isn’t an illustration of any fans, just suggested cast.)