Following its launch on Friday, the first trailer for “Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens” surpassed 40 million YouTube views in less than 72 hours online says THR.
In comparison, the first “Fifty Shades of Grey” trailer scored 36.4 million YouTube views in its first four days, and the “Avengers: Age of Ultron” nabbed 50.6 million in its first five days. That the new ‘Wars’ trailer racked up those numbers on a holiday weekend though makes it even more impressive.
Perhaps the most surprising criticism about the trailer has been regarding the appearance of John Boyega as a Stormtrooper. On Twitter, the topic ‘#BlackStormtrooper’ became trending with some heated racial arguments about Imperial ethnic purity, others were just confused as the prequels suggested all Stormtroopers are clones of bounty hunter Jango Fett (played by non-white Maori actor Temuera Morrison). Boyega himself has responded to all the reaction in the best possible way:
Despite Andy Serkis’ confirmation that he’s the voice we hear in the new trailer, there are still fans who believe it’s a smoke screen and Benedict Cumberbatch is the one providing the voiceover. Cumberbatch himself was asked about the trailer by The Evening Standard this weekend and made his response pretty clear: “Yeah, I can put that one to bed can’t I? I mean, I am NOT the voice of the Star Wars trailer, nor am I the hooded character with the rather cool new lightsaber, so…no. No, no.”
Meanwhile numerous parody trailers have gone up, but the one gaining the most traction is that of the ‘George Lucas Special Edition’ version of the trailer which is already past four million views in 48 hours. The clip makes fun of the original trilogy ‘special editions’ and their inclusion of a bunch of unnecessary extra visual effects shots.