I will start this off by saying I LOVE the Ghost in the Shell original anime film. Matched up with Akira and Ninja Scroll, it was in the trifecta of anime perfection. It was also very easy to see that some films in the 90’s (namely the Matrix) took some of its best ideas and moments from Ghost in the Shell. For tyhat reason, GITS has a huge (and rabid) fan base who already seem to be airing serious doubts about the upcoming film adaptation, even though we have seen little more than a few minutes of it at best so far. Many claim there is really no way they can pull it off. The problem is, for 21 years fans of this series have been begging and hoping and dreaming of the day it got the live-action, big-budget treatment it deserved. Now it has it and the same fan base is already talking shit. Do you see the problem here? This may no longer come down to the material. Us fanboys have kind of turned into whiny assholes who beg for things and then cry when we finally get them and they are not EXACTLY what we wanted. Do you not see how that problem is us? WE are the problem. Partially, at least.
Granted, when it comes to things like The Last Airbender at least fans waited until AFTER they saw the film to scream how much they hated it and how unfaithful it was (and they were right, but at least they reserved judgement). We no longer do that. Yes, the Avatar and Dragon Ball movies made it REALLY hard to believe Ghost in the Shell will be much different, but when we are standing on the sidelines casting stones before we even see the final results, we will ruin this ‘scene’ for ourselves and everybody. By ‘scene’ I mean the current trend of all things geeky being adapted into shows and movies and getting all forms of pop culture love. We are taking a time period in popular culture for granted, even though we NEVER THOUGHT WOULD EXIST. We stand on the side bitching enough guess what eventually happens? They just stop trying to please us at all, and justifiably so. Remember the days when no cool things we geeks loved were being adapted and we were all sad and pissy about it? Well, the opposite just happened and we were all sad and pissy about that, too. That falls on us.
Yes, they whitewashed the role, but Hollywood has been doing that for 100 years. To be shocked about that now is useless as shock achieves little (though that doesn’t make the “whitewash” okay). Could GITS suck? Maybe, but when did it become okay to start dissecting something before they even lay it on the table? I am grateful they made the movie, I hope it is a faithful adaptation but am proud to say I live in a time where shit like this is happening. When I first got my VHS copy of Ghost in the Shell, I passed it among friends like the holy grail, so this is big to us either way and we are still geek enough to stop and appreciate that.