The Most Bizarre Fan Petitions In Movie History – Looper

The Most Bizarre Fan Petitions In Movie History – Looper

Film fans are undoubtedly a passionate bunch. Whether it’s supporting the latest release in droves or expressing their undying support (or lack thereof) for a new movie, it’s undeniable that lots of outspoken people care deeply about the films they watch. It should make sense, then, that the most passionate fans love to make their voices heard in any way they can, and to find likeminded folks to rally behind them. Petitions are a great way to go about this, and though they pretty rarely work, sometimes they can at least get the attention of a studio or network
We’ll be rounding up some of the most bizarre petitions ever created by fans. Some make a certain amount of sense, while others are so far out of left field you’ll just be left wondering what they were thinking. Of course, we’d be lying if we said at least a few didn’t convince us to sign ourselves.

One of the most bizarre entries on our list, it’s hard to know where to even begin with this petition. Famous for his idiosyncratic directing style and films that typically culminate in a crescendo of violence, Quentin Tarantino has yet to feature any fictional giant people in his films, so there may not seem to be much of a connection here. Of course, Tarantino owns Los Angeles’ famous New Beverly Cinema, making him the would-be recipient of a petition from cinephiles with some very specific desires.
With the petition hoping to see such films as the first two “Ghostbusters,” “Honey I Blew up the Kid,” and many more, the only thing as odd as the petition itself is its relatively impressive 300+ signatures. It looks like there’s a small but tight knit group of fans that are just dying to see this cinematic event come to pass. Unfortunately, the petition has long since been shuttered, so it doesn’t look like we’ll be attending this once in a lifetime event anytime soon.

Hitting theaters in the winter of 2017, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” is now remembered as one of the most divisive big budget films in recent memory, not to mention the history of “Star Wars.” By now everyone knows the story — overwhelmingly positive critical reception, audience reception seemingly in the toilet, a bold new direction for the franchise, and a whole bunch of arguing on the internet. Just about all that anger and less-than-supportive comments about the new film got hurled at one man in particular: writer-director Rian Johnson.
Under the blunt title of “Rian Johnson Has to Admit ‘The Last Jedi’ Was Awful,” the petition in question cites the direction in which characters were taken, some hit or miss humor, the unexpected deaths of certain characters, among other complaints. Clearly, some fans were less than happy after leaving theaters, with this petition getting some support to the tune of over 11,000 signatures. While the complaints may not be surprising, especially coming off of the success of the crowd-pleasing — if a bit formulaic — previous entry, “The Force Awakens,” it’s a bit bizarre to demand a filmmaker apologize for a divisive “Star Wars” entry.

Now this is one that we could definitely get on board with. Reimagining beloved actor Danny DeVito as the gruff, no-nonsense Wolverine might just be the ultimate missed opportunity for a cameo in “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” that we didn’t know we needed until now. The petition writer makes a pretty compelling argument: “The only man able to take the throne after Hugh Jackman. We believe that if Wolverine is to make an appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe that the only man able to pull it off is Danny DeVito.”
Though best known for his comedic roles, DeVito would definitely be closer to how Wolverine is depicted in the comics than Jackman, at least when it comes to height. He’s definitely got the acting chops to tackle a role like this, especially when you consider DeVito’s 1992 performance as The Penguin in “Batman Returns.” And with 60 thousand signatures and counting on this petition so far, we’re not the only ones thinking they might just be onto something here.

We all can likely recall the movement to release director Zack Snyder’s cut of 2017’s “Justice League,” which finally came to pass after four years of passionate campaigning. And while one of the many fan petitions to see Snyder’s original vision garnered support in the thousands, one lesser known yet arguably far more pressing petition is calling for the long-awaited director’s cut of the 1998 classic “Babe: Pig in the City.”
The follow-up to 1995’s “Babe,” in which Babe the pig finds his place as a sheep-pig on the Hoggett farm, the sequel would see Babe head to the big city, meeting a whole new cast of animal characters along the way. Despite both films predictably having a G rating, this ongoing petition is looking to change that, giving us an entirely new look at the ultimate ’90s franchise to star a talking pig. 
“Prior to the film’s theatrical release, it was originally rated PG by the MPAA,” the petition explains, “but due to a number of intense scenes, which frightened younger viewers at a test screening, it was later reedited to a plain G.” Considering that the director in question is George Miller of “Mad Max” fame, it’s safe to say we’re all wondering what intense scenes might’ve been left on the cutting room floor.

Considered one of the best entries in the ongoing Marvel Cinematic Universe, 2018’s “Black Panther” was groundbreaking in more ways than one. Featuring the first leading Black superhero in the franchise, the now legendary performance by Chadwick Boseman as the titular character was an instant fan favorite. And while his untimely death has complicated the production of the upcoming sequel, some fans have been very vocal about what changes they would rather not see in the casting department.
While this one is definitely more grounded in reality than a few of the other wacky picks on our list — especially considering her still unknown part in the much delayed sequel – it’s a reality that some 85 thousands fans and counting would rather not see Beyoncé in “Black Panther,” contending that she’s better off sticking with music and not lending her potentially distracting presence to the unfolding drama of Wakanda. Of course, this seems fairly short-sighted, to say the least — what can’t Beyoncé do? — but we’ll have to wait and see what her role in “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” turns out to be.

Sure, it sucks to hear your favorite film get canned on the web, but some fans took their grief a step further after “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” and “Justice League” were released by petitioning to have the review aggregators Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic taken down entirely. Over the years since its inception, Rotten Tomatoes has earned a reputation as one of the premiere places for sourcing a film’s critical reception, as well as one of the most easily recognizable. And while the scores themselves typically provide a pretty good insight to the overall quality of a film, a quick read of their frequently asked questions page helps clear up a few common misconceptions — namely the fact that their famous Tomatometer is simply an aggregator for how many critics would recommend a film, not a score they themselves assigned.
Speaking of those same critics, Rotten Tomatoes doesn’t actually employ any. The site simply approves some of the most knowledgeable and respected critics across the pop culture landscape to collect their thoughts for a given release. So to any die hard fans of the much maligned “Morbius” still thinking it deserved better, take it up with the critics, not the review sites.

There were lots of things wrong the first “Suicide Squad” film. Reshoots, sloppy editing, and a hard-to-define tone all combined to leave audiences with a film that had the potential to work, but ultimately fell flat on its face. Fans were less than enthused, and critics gave it downright abysmal reviews. With no choice but to reorient in a big way, the folks in charge at DC opted to give director James Gunn the helm for a soft reboot. Best known for directing Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” films, defined by their oddball characters and even wackier settings, Gunn’s direction helped make the similarly-titled “The Suicide Squad” a smash hit, and a huge success when compared to its predecessor.
And while Gunn delivered on his signature style by rounding out his cast with a number of obscure and outlandish characters like Polka-Dot Man, Weasel, and King Shark, noticeably absent was everyone’s favorite antihero, Dogwelder. As the name suggests, and the petition plainly states: “Dogwelder is a DC character who is known for welding dogs to people.” And while “The Suicide Squad” has come and gone, we’re all keeping our fingers crossed for Dogwelder to make an appearance should a third movie come around.

Speaking of wacky ideas for future DC movies, this one’s so far out there that it just might have to happen. Ever since his comic book debut in 1939, the character of Batman has become one of the most iconic and beloved figures in pop culture, leaping from the page to conquer screens big and small. The Caped Crusader has had nearly too many portrayals to count across the landscape of film, television, and pretty much every other piece of media you can imagine. With that many different interpretations, one common theme that (almost) every portrayal sticks with is Batman’s brooding personality, only matched by the equally gloomy Gotham City in which the crime fighter resides.
Contrary to that, Adam Sandler has made a career with some of the best (and some of the worst) comedies of the past couple of decades. And while a Batman flick with the comedic styling of Sandler’s best work almost sounds too outrageous to be true, some of Sandler’s best received films to date have actually been dramas, so this one isn’t wholly unrealistic. If the folks in charge ever decides to bite on this one though, it would certainly cause more of an uproar than Robert Pattinson taking on the Dark Knight’s cowl.

Ever present in the pop culture landscape of the ’80s and ’90s, there are almost too many films in the “Ernest” series to count. Known for his comedic catchphrases and wacky personality, actor Jim Varney’s persona of Ernest P. Worrell was originally featured in commercials before finding himself in the cinema. And whether Ernest was headed to camp, enlisting in the Army, or even headed to jail, each one explored another of the lovable goofball’s zany adventures.
Though the films sadly were cut short by both changing tastes and Varney’s untimely passing, the kitschy property is still held near and dear to the heart of every fan who grew up watching the backwoods everyman. So much so that one fan is hoping to see one more Ernest adventure, this time with John Cena as the film’s lead. And after taking a quick look at the petition, we can’t lie — he certainly does have the looks for it. With remakes abound and John Cena’s acting career as big as ever, this would be the perfect time for loyal fans to make an earnest attempt at an Ernest reboot. KnowwhutImean?

Flopping with critics but enjoyed by plenty of nostalgic fans, Disney’s 2019 “Aladdin” remake broke the billion-dollar mark at the box office, despite the controversial design for its most iconic character. The Genie, portrayed by Oscar winner and household name Will Smith, definitely got people talking, but maybe not for all the right reasons. As soon as the trailer hit the internet, social media lit up with adverse reactions to the visual effects used to bring Smith’s Genie to life. Numbers don’t lie, though, and with audiences turning out in droves to push it to the 10-digit mark on returns, the studio would be making a mistake not to greenlight a sequel. Critics had better brace themselves for this one.
And while it certainly did numbers, at least one fan was less than happy with Will Smith’s casting in the film. Straight and to the point, their petition states: “I think we can all agree a Blue Kirby would be a better genie than Will Smith.” And even though we’re not sure how feasible this one is, after recent events at the 2022 Oscars, a recasting for the role might be more plausible than ever.

After hearing the demands of absolutely no one, Sony unleashed “The Emoji Movie” on theaters in the summer of 2017, giving audiences everywhere a look inside the life of the emojis living in all of our cell phones. The laughable plot followed Gene, an emoji going through an identity crisis as he navigates cyberspace, beginning a love affair with another emoji and ultimately saving the world inside his owner’s phone.
With an almost impressive 6% critical rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a slew of internet memes mocking it back when it was released, it’s hard to imagine we’d see a continuation to “The Emoji Movie” gracing silver screens anytime soon. What might surprise you is that the movie has fans devoted enough to start a petition lobbying Sony to make a sequel. What might surprise you even more is that the first film ended up quadrupling its budget between the domestic and international markets, so if the execs ever give this one the green light we really only have ourselves to blame.

We can’t think of a better crossover than Thomas the Tank Engine — an undeniably kid-friendly property about talking trains — and one of the darkest chapters of human history. The longer you think about it, though, it sounds so outlandish that it might just need to happen.
A little research suggests that development actually came fairly far along on the World War II-set “The Adventures of Thomas,” with a script being completed sometime in 2010 (per This Is Thomas Nation). It also looks like director Shane Acker was set to take the helm. With Acker probably best known for directing the animated film “9,” set in a grim fantasy world in which sentient puppets struggle for survival, you can’t say they didn’t have the right man for the job. Sadly, the petition has been closed after amassing a few hundred signatures, so it looks like we’ll need someone to take a second go at trying to get this one made.

Since Disney’s 2012 acquisition of “Star Wars,” there’s been more for fans of George Lucas’ galaxy to enjoy than ever before. The thing is, many of those fans tend to be firmly divided into one of two camps — you either hate the direction “Star Wars” has gone in the Disney era, or you can’t get enough. If there’s one thing that everyone can agree on, though, it’s that “The Star Wars Holiday Special” was a trainwreck.
Released in 1978, just a little over a year after the pop culture phenomenon that was “Star Wars,” the Holiday Special added to the lore in exciting new ways, answering the burning question on everyone’s mind: “What’s Chewbacca’s family like?” Thankfully the film goes above and beyond when it comes to answering that, as we get to watch a whole clan of Wookiees outwit the Empire while Han and Chewie try to make it home in time for Life Day.
Despite (or perhaps because of) its fever dream qualities, some fans enjoy the Holiday Special — ironically or otherwise. But what’s most interesting about one particular petition demanding that Disney make the special canon is that it was started specifically as a reaction to the anti-“Last Jedi” petitions. “To those that are petitioning to have ‘Episode VIII’ removed from the current Star Wars canon,” wrote petitioner Jordan Cline, “I only hope that if it is then Disney will bring back the much less infamous Holiday Special, as the current Star Wars fanbase seems to need a late holiday gift to bring us back together.
 

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