6 Pieces of Fan Art That Are Better Than the Original

If 37 percent of the Internet is porn, then the other 63 percent must be people complaining about stuff. A movie that disappointed; a game that's taking too long to come out; George Lucas.

Well, sometimes the companies or creators will actually address their fans and say, "You think you could do better than us?" And sometimes the fans will answer back, "Um, actually, yeah."

#6. Star Wars Fan Remaster Looks Better Than the Real Thing

Unless you still have a working VCR, the only way to watch the original, theatrical versions of Star Wars is buying the out-of-print 2006 DVD box set, which insultingly comes with the original movies as mere bonus features on a separate disk (meaning, you had to pay for the Special Editions to get them). Also, they are in unremastered, shitty-picture-quality form, as part of George Lucas' punishment to fans for asking for them.

But what else are fans supposed to do? Edit their own trilogy?

How the Fans Made It Better:

A fan from the U.K. named Adywan did that and much more. He spent years painstakingly restoring and enhancing every frame of the first Star Wars movie, doing what fans wanted Lucas to do in the first place: clean up and restore the film without adding a bunch of blinking Ewoks. He's currently doing the same to The Empire Strikes Back.

The result is called Star Wars Revisited, and not only does it revert many of the changes made by the Special Editions, but also its picture quality puts the official DVDs and even the Blu-rays to shame.

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Hmm. Good, but it could use 30 or 40 useless dancing robots.

Adywan's website lists over 250 changes to the first movie alone, including fixing mistakes that Lucas apparently didn't notice, like making sure the opening titles actually synch up with John Williams' music ...

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... making the lasers hit the right places ...

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George Lucas is an even worse shot than those stormtroopers.

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We'd always assumed that guy dropped from a heart attack.

... or simply correcting minor continuity errors nobody else could have noticed.

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This makes our vintage Tatooine Bush action figure irrelevant.

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There are probably five novels about that arm.

He also performed some much needed extermination of the irritating CGI rats and whizzing droids that were added to Mos Eisley in the Special Edition:

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From a toy maker's standpoint, Adywan's version is an awful idea.

Some changes actually reference the loathed prequels, like giving Tatooine a third moon as in those movies or playing an Episode III theme during Vader and Obi-Wan's rematch at the Death Star (there's a "purist" version without most of those changes), but that's because he actually plans to tackle the entire six-movie saga: Adywan has already announced that he's "hoping to make those movies almost unrecognizable."

And yes, we're aware that a lot of his changes would make the Internet just as mad as Lucas' if they had come from him, but for our money, this is still better than any Special Edition for three simple reasons: Han shoots first, Boba Fett once again sounds like Boba Fett and, perhaps most importantly, Chewbacca finally gets a freaking medal.

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R2 and 3PO can suck it, though.

#5. Fans Make Better Movie Posters Than the Studios

It took Hollywood about 60 years to start making consistently good and entertaining superhero movies, and it looks like it's going to take them 60 more to start making good posters for those movies. With X-Men: First Class, for example, they decided to communicate the kitschy, '60s-inspired tone of the movie (since, you know, that's when it takes place) by creating the most bland posters 15 minutes on Photoshop can produce:

How the Fans Made Them Better:

Now take a gander at some of the countless posters fans made for X-Men: First Class. Many of them draw heavily from the posters of '60s artists like Saul Bass to, you know, actually acknowledge the era the movie is set in.

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There are many more, and even the weakest of those is better than what Fox went with. Actually, this may be just a clever bit of viral marketing -- make the shittiest poster imaginable and convince the Internet that they can do better, then they'll promote your movie for you.

Not that fans stopped with the X-Men franchise. Check out this awesome Batman poster a fan created a few years ago when it was rumored that the Riddler would be the next villain:

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The best part is that there's no way those are Jim Carrey's hands.

Or this fan-made poster for Captain America: The First Avenger that seriously looks like something they could use if the film was reissued after being nominated for Best Picture:

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Or if it was directed by Clint Eastwood.

That's classy as shit. Captain America looks like he's picking up right where Saving Private Ryan left off, getting ready to storm Omaha Beach alongside WWII-era Wolverine. Meanwhile, these fan-made posters for Iron Man 2 used for special screenings play up the comic book influence while still looking professional:

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They also play up the "He's constantly intoxicated" theme.

The Avengers inspired some pretty cool ones, too:

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They both look kinda like screencaps from The Venture Bros.

We'd put these posters up against the official posters for comparison, but the fact that you don't remember the Hollywood versions at all is kind of the point. (Hint: They mostly involve the cast all standing together and gazing vacantly into the distance.)

Come on, Hollywood, why is it up to us to do this? You'd think that with literally hundreds of comic book covers to use as reference, and an art budget of infinity, they'd borrow an idea or two from the source material to make these posters a little more dynamic. But, no, Hollywood's determination to make every poster look the same trumps that.

And we mean exactly the same.

#4. Gamers Create the GoldenEye 007 Remake Game Companies Can't Bring You

GoldenEye 007 for Nintendo 64 is one of the most revolutionary video games of all time, setting a golden standard that every FPS on every console is indebted to. Its level design is masterful; every inch of it, right down to its elevator music, is worshiped; and the damage its multiplayer mode has done to the American school system will never, ever be repaired.

Also, did you know there's apparently a movie of the same name?

However, for all its successes, GoldenEye 007 nevertheless remains one of the most impossible games to play on modern consoles -- even franchises such as Perfect Dark and TimeSplitters owe most of their success to the fact that they are the closest things on the market to modern versions of this game. There have been various attempts to make sequels or "reimaginings," but a straight remake has so far proved impossible and, since the rights are currently tied up between competing companies, will likely never happen.

How the Fans Made It Better:

Some fans, however, don't let a little thing like intellectual property get in the way of making a good game. Using the engine from Half-Life 2, a team of professional and amateur developers set out to remake GoldenEye 007 from the ground up as a modern FPS game. The result, GoldenEye: Source, is the closest James Bond will ever come to returning like he promised Sean Bean in the movie (the only one where he dies twice).

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Whoops, Sean Bean just spontaneously combusted.

For one, just look at it. The game's visuals follow the film closer than any other use of the James Bond license in video games to date, and this time it's rendered in more than just N64 polygons.

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We don't remember our childhood homes as well as the floor plan of this level.

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It's such a realistic Bond simulation that if you play the game for too long, you contract several STDs.

You may also notice that the characters actually look like the ones in the original game/movie, whereas every other game with "GoldenEye" in the title has been forced to awkwardly replace the actors with Daniel Craig era versions, since actor likenesses are off-limits.

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Don't tell Mr. Bean.

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But what really makes the game complete is the multiplayer mode: GoldenEye: Source is online rather than local, allows way more players than the N64 did, has added blood and rag-doll physics and features many single-player maps that were previously unplayable. Oh, and as for how all this actually plays, check out this footage of a nine-way deathmatch -- it's like classic GoldenEye on steroids.

If this had existed 15 years ago, an entire generation would have flunked college.

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