Rian Johnson has endured more than his fair share of public abuse following the release of the Last Jedi from a very particular sort of disappointed fan - though the critical success and massive popular acclaim everywhere else.
The backlash has in itself become kind of a hacky topic, but at this point the entitlement-nerd crowd still firing potshots is basically its own entertainment for the filmmakers, who have the success of the 11th most lucrative film release in history to stand on as reason for brushing off the ol' shoulder.
I know we should all be peace makers but I’m starting to really enjoy this— Rian Johnson (@rianjohnson) January 26, 2018
We're talking about a situation where some disgruntled fan out there made a cut of the film without any women in it because of men's rights you guys, and Johnson at this point is just tickled that he's pissing off all the worst kinds of fans out there.
So it seems like now he's actually going the extra mile just to antagonize that crowd. In a podcast interview for /Film, Johnson talked about all the bad ideas he had while brainstorming his way to resolving the questions that J.J. Abrams created in the Force Awakens, and something one which he spent more time than necessary was the question of where exactly Rey came from.
"I honestly listed everything I could think of. Even awful possibilities where I said, “This is not what we’re going to do.” I mean the less silly one was, “Is she a clone?” Anything that’s a theory on Reddit now I guarantee was listed on that document."
Sure, Rian. But what was the worst idea you had on the subject?
“The silliest one was, ‘Is she a robot?’ Okay, we’ve seen a biomechanical realistic flesh hand on Luke, could the technology have advanced significantly in the 30 years, and then I just started laughing. Look forward to the ‘Rey was almost a robot’ headlines.”
Look, there's no bad ideas in a brainstorm. But you generally don't share them after the fact.