When it comes to anime, Hollywood has trouble getting it right. The Japanese medium is one of the most prolific and popular points in global entertainment, but the West has struggled to bring anime to the silver screen.
If you are a fan of anime, then you already know not to talk about movies like Dragon Ball Evolution or The Guyver. Even Kite and Fist of the North Star are touch-and-go with some anime purists, and fans are all but certain Hollywood will never do justice to the medium. Next year, Ghost in the Shell will see its Hollywood adaptation hit theaters, and the film has been subjected to intense scrutiny because of anime's dark history abroad.
So, it's not shocking to hear that plenty of fans are wary about Hollywood and its plans to adapt Naruto into a live-action movie. Lionsgate is moving ahead with the project, and creator Masashi Kishimoto has confirmed he is involved with the film. Now, Twitter is taking a stand when it comes to the Naruto endeavor, so you better buckle in for a bumpy ride.
This user's chain of tweets are as sharp as any ninja's kunai. Clearly, they are not too impressed by the adaptation and Hollywood's history of whitewashing.
is hollywood live action naruto going to be renamed nathan— ✨doraemon™✨ (@chootalks) December 19, 2016
Let's all just take a moment and envision Justin Beiber donning Naruto's iconic orange garb. Think about it.
I'm drunk and my friend convinced me Justin Beiber is gonna be Naruto in a live action movie. I hate everything— Dat Cephalopod (@JiltedOctopus) December 13, 2016
Clearly, Robert Pattinson is a contender to play Sasuke Uchiha. The actor does have experience playing broody, super-strong leads after all.
Live Action Naruto movie already looks lit pic.twitter.com/I7Gf8BHc2C— christmas ant arc (@hoIychains) December 17, 2016
So many questions. So, so many questions. See? This is why we don't mess with the timelines, Barry!
Live action Naruto movie happening. Don't blame Hollywood, blame a certain speedster who created Flashpoint. Thanks Barry.— Geeks Of Color (@GeeksOfColor) December 17, 2016
Trying to figure out why Hollywood is bringing Naruto to life even after seeing what happened to DBZ and The Last Airbender pic.twitter.com/wdef5ASk1n— Geeks Of Color (@GeeksOfColor) December 17, 2016
While a gender-bent version of Orochimaru is not wholly unwelcome, the slithery character may be a bit too dark for these starlets. But, hey - there are fans who can get behind Ben Affleck!
I will only watch the Naruto live action film if they cast Ben Affleck as Naruto and make him ninja run accurately.— Derrière Connoisseur (@BardockObama) December 17, 2016
Caitlyn Jenner or Taylor Swift should be Orochimaru in the new live action Naruto film.— Derrière Connoisseur (@BardockObama) December 18, 2016
Poor Tilda Swinton. Ever since her Doctor Strange casting, she has become a lightning rod of whitewashing jokes.
can't wait for the live action naruto movie to cast 80 white people and 1 asian girl as i dunno tenten BUT with a streak of blue in her hair— SungWon Cho (ProZD) (@prozdkp) December 17, 2016
I hope for the live action naruto movie they get tilda swinton to play everyone— SungWon Cho (ProZD) (@prozdkp) December 17, 2016
We don't speak of the latter film. Don't even say its name.
If the Naruto live action Hollywood movie sucks with Kishimoto being involved then it'll be a bigger fail than Dragon Ball evolution— Fornever (@ForneverWorld) December 17, 2016
Again, gender-bending is not a totally uncalled for decision, but let's just think about this proposition for a second.
okay but who do y'all think they're gonna cast as naruto for the live action movie...is it gonna be jennifer lawrence or scarlett johansson?— pro @ k.a.r.d hell (@blockbmp3) December 17, 2016
Sold. Clearly, Dwayne Johnson was born to wear Rock Lee and his green bodysuit.
if THE ROCK isn't in the naruto live action movie then i'm gonna boycott pic.twitter.com/hAK3crMK4t— hades' husband™ (@itachicken) December 18, 2016
Given the success of Naruto's live-action play in Japan it would make sense of Lionsgate to at least consider being canonical when it comes to appearances.
Dear Lionsgate, please consider the cast of the live-action Naruto stage play in Japan to reference what to do with your movie pic.twitter.com/srgFx35tQL— Kat Tsai (@Chuwenjie) December 19, 2016
Thankfully, this image will likely never come to life if not only because Tom Holland is way too busy playing Spider-Man these days.
new hollywood Naruto movie be like pic.twitter.com/mzKSclwrk1— Kat Tsai (@Chuwenjie) December 19, 2016
For some, this image will be a masterpiece. And, for the rest, they may never get the picture scrubbed from their thoughts.