According to Urban Dictionary, a fanboy is “A passionate fan of various elements of geek culture (e.g. sci-fi, comics, Star Wars, video games, anime, hobbits, Magic: The Gathering, etc.), but who lets his passion override social graces.”

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=fanboy

That last sentence “…but who lets his passion override social graces” has been a source of much controversy in the world of cinema since superhero movies have become blockbusters. Many have accused fanboys on all sides of geek culture for “fanboying out” far too often even when certain movies aren’t that great. Relating to the comic book world, Avengers: Age of Ultron and Man of Steel aren’t considered the best entries from their respected cinematic universes and despite their problems both movies have many diehard fans.

Why It’s Not Always Ok To Be A Fanboy…

In some cases, it’s true that fanboys can initially be blinded by the mistakes of a movie and simply overlook its flaws because it’s more important for them to see their favourite character(s) on the big screen than it is to be critical of story, character development, tone and pace.

As a Marvel fanboy myself, this certainly was the case when I saw Avengers: Age of Ultron for the first time last summer. I went into the movie highly excited, especially since I went to an early screening of the movie and saw it one week before it was officially released in theatres. I went into that movie excited and I left the movie blinded by this excitement. I even claimed that Avengers: Age of Ultron was better than the original Avengers movie and while I still like the movie a lot, it has problems I can’t overlook.

I feel that this is going to be the case with Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, scheduled to be released on March 25th since everything that I’ve seen for this movie has been lackluster at best. None of the trailers have impressed me at all, especially the trailer that showed Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman team up to stop a Doomsday-like character. I also have been completely unimpressed with Gal Gadot’s lack of speaking in the footage we’ve seen. Yes, she did say one line in the newest trailer but I’m also still worried about Jesse Eisenberg’s over-the-top, far too zany performance. I question Zach Snyder’s direction but if anything, I do hope Ben Affleck gives a good turn as Batman/Bruce Wayne. I’ve become a big fan of his over the past few years and fell that he’ll be the best part of this movie.

However, despite my apprehension, Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice is going to make piles of money at the box office and even it’s just an ok movie, I know many DC fanboys will call it a masterpiece. My only hope is that after a year, if the movie really isn’t that good, the DC fanboys will be able to admit it.

Yes, there are still DC fanboys out there who think Man of Steel and The Dark Knight Rises were amazing movies. I saw both movies opening weekend and while I didn’t like Man of Steel at all, I fanboyed out during The Dark Knight Rises and thought it was good. After rewatching it though, I know consider it a good movie but certainly not great nor without its faults.

Why Fanboying Is Important Right Now…

Despite all of my beliefs and opinions, it will not stop fanboys from loving movies that have problems nor will it stop me from loving most of the Marvel movies I have seen and will see in the future. To note, even as a huge Marvel fan, I still haven’t seen Thor, Thor 2 or The Hulk with Ed Norton and prefer Batman Begins to Iron Man 2 and Iron Man 3.

This year, two Marvel properties are scheduled to be released. One is Captain America: Civil War, the follow up to Captain America: The Winter Solider, a movie I’ve written about for this blog as well as my most anticipated movie of 2016, X-Men: Apocalypse. Not having seen either one of these movies yet, I don’t know what my reactions will be upon seeing them for the first time as well as rewatching them later but I’m almost certain that despite any short-coming these two movies have, I will love them for many reasons.

It’s important for on-lookers to understand the time we live in and while I’ve said this in my post for Captain America: the Winter Solider, it needs to be said again. I grew up in the 1980’s and 1990’s, when superheroes and comic books were looked down upon by the public and in movie fandom. No one back then could even fathom stand alone movies with Ant-Man or the Guardian of the Galaxy, little own the X-Men or The Avengers.

Fanboying is important right now and while it might be annoying to those who didn’t grow up with comic books, let us just have these moments. Our thing, the thing that we’ve loved for many years, has finally accepted by the mainstream and none of us ever thought that would be happen in our lifetime. Let us relish our superheroes and their connected universes since sooner rather than later, people will get tired of these movies and there’ll be another Hollywood craze to complain about. Let us love ok movies and jump for joy when a comic book movie enters the realm of masterpiece. Let us just have these moments, for now. It’s important for us because in time, we too will see our own faults, even if it might take a few years.