The highly-anticipated DCEU film Justice League has finally hit theaters, and much like Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad, it hasn’t landed well with critics. Justice League currently sits at a disappointing 40 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, which has caused hardcore DCEU fans to lash out on social media.
What's surprising is that some fans are even going after one of the people involved with crafting Justice League, Joss Whedon. Usually, #DCEU fanatics vehemently defend their favorite films and everyone involved, but in the case of #JossWhedon, fans on Twitter feel that he has betrayed the property they love so passionately.
So, why would hardcore DCEU fans think Whedon is their perceived enemy? Well, it begins with the director liking a tweet that criticized the film.
Hardcore DCEU Fans Attack Joss Whedon On Twitter
The day before Justice League’s release date, Joanna Robinson shared her criticism of the film’s villain, Steppenwolf. Shortly after she published the tweet, it was discovered that Joss Whedon’s official Twitter account had "liked" it. In all fairness, the fact that Joss Whedon “liked” the tweet does not mean he endorses the negative criticism; however, DCEU fans took it as a declaration of war.
Taking to Twitter in force, hardcore DCEU fans took aim at Whedon and attacked him with everything they could muster:
While these tweets from hardcore fans seem extreme, the DCEU films have become a polarizing topic where you either love it all or you aren’t a “true” fan. As we have seen with this Joss Whedon fiasco, it can cause conflict over something relatively small.
Maybe Joss Whedon did agree with the criticism of Steppenwolf, but wither way, it doesn’t mean that he betrayed Zack Snyder or the fans. When it comes down to it, it’s a movie meant for our enjoyment, and like every film ever made, it has flaws. The behavior and sentiment directed toward Joss Whedon isn’t the first time fans have gone feral on social media, and it certainly won’t be the last.
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