At this rate, Twitter trolls aren’t going to have anyone left to latch onto.
Yes, another interesting voice has abandoned the social media platform, as former DC Entertainment president Diane Nelson has deleted her account following her praise of Todd Phillips’ upcoming Joker movie, which Zack Snyder fans apparently just couldn’t bear.
We all know that the DCEU hasn’t exactly been the MCU in terms of reception, and that there’s been somewhat of a reckoning from the top down in hopes of changing that. Regardless of the circumstances behind the moves, Snyder and Nelson, two of the main participants in shaping that Universe, are now out of the picture.
Still, both likely have unique insight to what's going on behind closed doors at DC Entertainment. Which Nelson certainly displayed while tweeting her impressions of Joaquin Phoenix’s recent full makeup reveal.
“LOVE IT!” wrote Nelson (via Entertainment Weekly) on Sept. 21. “Great story, great actor, specific and strong vision from talented director. What DC should have been doing since Nolan. Even if die hard fans struggle with his vision. #goodmoviesaregoodmovies“
Of course, some of those "die hard fans" represent Twitter’s overly sensitive Snyder sect, who put down their #ReleaseTheSnyderCut pleas to take on a new cause. They seemingly took Nelson’s tweet to be a backhanded diss of their hero, and unleashed their anonymous hate, even going so far as to call Nelson a “snake in the grass.”
Well, it didn’t take Nelson long to stop putting up with that nonsense, because she has since deleted her account, according to EW. Fittingly, her final tweet, on Sept. 22, refuted the haters' jumped-to conclusions: “I happen to count Zack Snyder among those things, if you are insinuating otherwise. No snake here.”
Considering Snyder directed three DCEU films (well, two and a half) under Nelson’s DC Entertainment presidential tenure from 2009 through 2018, that’s somewhat obvious, too.
But haters gonna hate, right?
While it’s sadly just a sign of the trolling times that an online backlash should silence another worthy contributor, at least Nelson’s tweet gives us hope for the direction that DC Entertainment is heading with Joker. And early glimpses of Phoenix and Zazie Beetz could also add to that feeling, depending on how cynical you are.
We’ll see who’s laughing last when Joker drops Oct. 4, 2019.