J.J. Abrams Responds To ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ Criticisms

J.J. Abrams believes that each and every opinion a fan or critic has on Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is valid and right in his eyes.

There’s no doubt that The Rise of Skywalker is one of the divisive and critically maligned films in the Star Wars franchise, with fans and critics both mocking the films for its various choices. However, J.J. Abrams has no interest in fighting against fans or critics. In fact, J.J. Abrams is more than aware of whatever criticism you and your friends have on the latest Star Wars film and he believes there’s no reason why you shouldn’t have it.

During a post Q&A screening of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, Vanity Fair was on hand to hear what J.J. Abrams had to say when he was asked what he would say to someone who was unhappy over the final film in the Skywalker saga.

“No, I would say that they’re right. The people who love it more than anything are also right. There is an MO of either: ‘It’s exactly as I see it, or you’re my enemy. It’s a crazy thing that there’s such a norm that seems to be void of nuance and compassion — and this is not [a phenomenon] about Star Wars, this is about everything.”

Just before the Q and A, J.J. Abrams was in another country continuing the grueling press tour for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, where he was asked by someone how he went about pleasing everyone in wake of the mixed reviews. He recounted the answer he gave previously by saying that wasn’t his goal going  into the second Star Wars film he directed.

“I was asked just seven hours ago in another country, ‘So how do you go about pleasing everyone?’ I was like’ What…?’ Not to say that that’s what anyone should try to do anyway, but how would one go about it? Especially with Star Wars. We knew starting this that any decision we made — a design decision, a musical decision, a narrative decision — would please someone and infuriate someone else. And they’re all right.”

As cliche as it is to suggest, Star Wars is more than a franchise in our cultural zeitgeist. J.J. Abrams is proving to be a class-act when it comes to responding to the criticisms many have towards The Rise of Skywalker. Whilst sticking to his guns, J.J. Abrams is also embracing the position that he’s in by not fighting fans or critics on the reception his film has been getting.

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Here is the synopsis for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: 

Lucasfilm and director J.J. Abrams join forces once again to take viewers on an epic journey to a galaxy far, far away with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, the riveting conclusion of the seminal Skywalker saga, where new legends will be born and the final battle for freedom is yet to come.

Directed by J.J. Abrams, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker stars Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, Billie Lourd, Naomi Ackie, Richard E. Grant, Keri Russell, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Ian McDiarmid, and Billy Dee Williams. Carrie Fisher will appear as General Leia Organa through the use of previously unreleased footage shot for Star Wars: The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is now playing in theaters.

Source: Vanity Fair

New ‘Titans’ Photos Show Off Aqualad And The Original Team

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Titans Aqualad 01DC Universe has released eight brand new images from the upcoming fourth episode of the second season of Titans entitled, "Aqualad".

"Aqualad" will explore the dynamic among Dick Grayson/Robin (Brenton Thwaites), Donna Troy/Wonder Girl (Conor Leslie), Hank Hall/Hawk (Alan Ritchson), Dawn Granger/Dove (Minka Kelly) and Garth/Aqualad (Drew Van Acker) and how four years prior, their tight-knit family dynamic developed only to have their personal feelings bleed more into their work only to be exacerbated by the arrival of a new villain.

These new images give fans a new look at Drew Van Acker as Aqualad as well as a couple of new looks at the original team united together for action. In particular, we get our best look at how the Aqualad suit translates onscreen in live-action form.

You can check out the rest of the gallery for "Aqualad" by clicking "Next".

Here is the official synopsis for season two:

In Season 2, following the aftermath of their encounter with Trigon, Dick reforms the Titans. Under his supervision in their new home at Titans Tower, Rachel, Gar and Jason Todd train together to hone their hero abilities and work together as a team. They are joined by Hank Hall and Dawn Granger aka Hawk and Dove and Donna Troy aka Wonder Girl. Although these original Titans attempt to transition into a regular life, when old enemies resurface everyone must come together to take care of unfinished business. And as this family of old and new Titans – including Conner Kent and Rose Wilson – learn to co-exist, the arrival of Deathstroke brings to light the sins of the old Titans which threaten to tear this new Titans family apart once more.

The series stars Brenton Thwaites as Robin/Nightwing, Anna Diop as Starfire, Teagan Croft as Raven, and Ryan Potter as Beast Boy. Newcomers for its sophomore outing include Joshua Orpin and Esai Morales playing Superboy and Deathstroke, respectively, while Chella Man and Chelsea Zhang have also joined the cast as Deathstroke’s children Jericho and Ravager. Natalie Gumede has signed on to play Mercy Graves and Game of Thrones star Iain Glen is on board as Bruce Wayne.

Titans season two is now airing on DC Universe.

Source: DC Universe

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