SALT LAKE CITY — Entertainment Weekly shared the first images from the upcoming live-action version of “Aladdin,” and fans certainly felt some type of way about Will Smith’s Genie character.
Fans were surprised that Smith wasn’t, well, blue. See, in the animated version of “Aladdin,” the Genie, famously voiced by Robin Williams, was blue.
Fans were also quick to point out that Smith reminded them of the actor Sinbad, who made a genie movie, according to conspiracy theorists.
But Smith said on Instagram he will be blue after all.
Earlier rumors suggested Smith would be CGI for the movie.
Bigger picture: It seems almost everything has backlash these days. Sydney Chapman explained how fans reacted negatively to the new “Sonic the Hedgehog” movie poster, which dropped in December. The poster showed Sonic with muscular legs, which didn’t sit well with traditional fans. The backlash to the backlash didn’t go over well.