The Boba Bounty

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If you’re reading this blog entry, you’re either a fan of Boba Fett or at minimum, think he’s cool looking. But there’s a contingent of fans out there who shake with hatred and fear the Mandalorian could return in upcoming films and television.

What’s to fear? For about 30 years, Boba Fett haters have thrown the Sarlacc in our faces. Most of them know very well that Boba Fett escaped the Pit of Carkoon, but they know it’s a sore spot for our community of fandom. There’s also the crass name calling and “blind man” jokes. The haters fear losing these taunts if Boba Fett escapes the Sarlacc on film or is shown as we see him in comics and novels.

Everyone has their right to an opinion, but it bothers me when people attack a character just to get a rise out of another fan. I understand if you are indifferent or not fanatic about a character, but it’s bizarre to me to literally attack a fellow fan for liking a particular character.

I’m sure you’ve all visited forums or read tweets, where somebody says they hate Boba Fett. I usually ignore these remarks, but today I decided to collect the most common comments by haters, and have supplied counter arguments to each.

Haters Say: Boba Fett is just popular because he looks cool. He does nothing in the movies but stand there.

Counter: Yes, he looks awesome, but that’s a silly reason to hate a character. Also, while he may not say much in the Original Trilogy, there’s a reason the few quotes he does have are so iconic. Don’t forget, he was also one of the few characters who even teased the line of arguing with Darth Vader.

Haters Say: Star Wars is oversaturated by Boba Fett already; he shouldn’t be in new films.

Counter: Despite being contradictory to the first argument, this is just plain false. The Original Trilogy has a complete running time of about 385 minutes, which Boba Fett appears in only about 20 minutes of – that’s including his cameo in the special edition. He then appeared in only six episodes of The Clone Wars, which ran 108 episodes – and one of those six episodes was just the character’s cameo on a wanted poster. So you hate him because of all the merchandising? With that reasoning, you should also hate Darth Vader or Yoda.

Haters Say: Boba Fett was a punk who got killed by a blind man.

Counter: First off, you know he’s not dead. Second, the Empire was defeated by Ewoks. Does that mean the Empire was a poor threat? Anything can be simplified into an insult. Nuff said.

Haters Say: Boba Fett is dead.

Counter: This is a tired comment by haters. It’s widely understood Boba Fett escaped the Sarlacc in the Expanded Universe. In fact, he escaped twice, if you include another story from the comics. Also, George Lucas has gone on the record recently, saying Boba Fett survived. Even without those first two counter points, there’s plenty of reason to suspect his survival. We only see him fall into the Sarlacc, not actually die. There’s no blood or decapitation. Anakin Skywalker survived a lava planet and that was without Mandalorian armor.

Haters Say: He’s too popular.

Counter: It all comes down to this reason; people don’t like that he’s so popular. Personally, I don’t believe this is a valid reason to attack a character. By far, characters like Yoda, Anakin Skywalker, C3-PO are equally, if more popular, but you don’t see hoards of people hating those characters due to that reason. This is as superficial as hating a supermodel, because they’re too pretty.

Earlier this week Bob Iger, chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company, announced during a televised interview several spinoff movies were in development. Iger said the original focus was on the sequel trilogy, but these stand alone films have been on the table since their earliest discussions.

Lucasfilm officials followed up on Feb. 5 with a press release confirming the involvement of screenwriters Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg. These names excited fans, as Kasdan was the scribe for not only The Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark, but also co-wrote Return of the Jedi. Kinberg has also proved himself, with blockbusters like Sherlock Holmes.

They also confirmed that two spinoff films were in development, sparking speculation throughout the Internet.

According to Feb. 6 online article by Entertainment Weekly, the films will focus on a young Han Solo and Boba Fett, respectively. They cited sources close to both projects. Of course, Lucasfilm and Disney declined to comment or confirm this information.

Entertainment Weekly reported the Boba Fett film could either take place between A New Hope and Empire Strikes Back, or between Empire and Return of the Jedi. They added further, Temuera Morrison is the shoe in to take on the role as the infamous bounty hunter.

I have my doubts about Entertainment Weekly’s “exclusive,” because they also said there’s no indication of who may direct these films – which Lucasfilm had already announced the day previous to the column’s online publishing that the two films already have directors – Kasdan and Kinberg – why wouldn’t sources close to the projects know this?   

Since Iger made his announcement, websites have been spilling all kinds of rumors and information about the spinoff movies. However, most of these news sources that have “exclusive” information also present bogus information, like that Han Solo was a “bounty hunter with a conscious who befriended Luke Skywalker” or misspelling Lucasfilm.

I have no doubt that a Boba Fett film is being discussed behind the secretive walls of Lucasfilm and Disney, but take everything with a grain of salt, until there’s further announcements by Disney or Lucasfilm.

imageThe Boba Bounty will start being more active on it’s Twitter page. Here’s the posting schedule, which launched about a week ago. Each day will feature news, trivia, quotes or photos related to Boba Fett.

You can follow us at: twitter.com/thebobabounty

Sunday: Upcoming comics, novels and collectibles

Monday: The latest in news and rumors

Tuesday: Actor trivia and fun facts

Wednesday: Quote of the week

Thursday: Facts about Mandalore and its people

Friday: Link to a brand new blog post

Saturday: Movie stills, fan art or images from comics

We’re hoping if everything goes well, we can look forward to further uses of the Twitter page, including hashtag campaigns, live chats and more.