Ever since the Jem and the Holograms movie was announced, it has been the official position of ComicsAlliance that it will be the single most important film of our lifetimes, so when the trailer hit, of course we watched and discussed it among ourselves. It seems we're not the only ones, either --- there's been so much discussion about the trailer that Topless Robot's Luke Thompson sat down with Jem producer Jason Blum to discuss the blacklash from fans.

So if you're a Jem fan who saw that trailer and was a little let down by the fact that there are no actual holograms, no Misfits, and no dead parents bequeathing supercomputers, or that only Jerrica and Kimber are actually named in the trailer and Aja and Shana were just "sisters," then don't worry. The producer of Jem wants you to know that there's nothing to worry about, at least until it comes out.

If you haven't seen the trailer here it is:



And here's a piece of Thompson and Blum's conversation that addresses the... somewhat uncharitable reaction from fans:


LYT: Something to the effect of he didn't get it, no earrings, no holograms, what's the point?

JB: Well, I think he should...I cannot wait for the movie [to] come out and hear what everybody has to say, and I can't wait for --- a few more people are gonna see the trailer over the weekend, on Pitch Perfect 2, so I'm looking forward to a wider response. But MOST OF ALL, I'm looking forward for everyone to see the movie, and if they still have problems, I will field any complaints personally [laughs].

LYT: Can you reassure some of the fans right now who are a little upset at the way it looks and feel like it's not true to the property from what they've seen?

JB: It is a hundred per cent true to the spirit of Jem, like 100%, and I think that people will be very pleasantly surprised. So in that way it's good --- maybe lowering expectations is good. But I think people will be pleasantly surprised for sure.

LYT: One theory I've seen put forward by fans who want to like it is that this is sort of a prequel to the animated version, and then the next film you get the Misfits and you get Synergy...

JB: That is a theory. It isn't correct. [Laughs.]


Personally, while the trailer didn't do a whole lot for me (and, to be honest, seems to compare pretty unfavorably to Josie and the Pussycats, the greatest comic book movie of all time), I'm reserving judgment and holding out hope that the movie will be a little more than it appears. I mean, we've seen very little of Juliette Lewis as Erica Raymond, and that performance could be what pulls it all together.

And if nothing else, we have Kelly Thompson and Sophie Campbell's comic, which is everything I ever wanted out of Jem anyway.

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