Nice spin attempt…
Some movie blogs, such as Ain’t It Cool News, are refusing to run reviews of the raw footage, while some members in the BitTorrent community, where illicit copies are circulating, are encouraging each other to see the movie when it opens in May.
For example, one commentator on Releaselog, a popular blog among the file-sharing community, wrote : “i think it’s worthy of being seen the right way in the theatre. everyone should support this movie and help it get a massive take making it look like the leak actually helped it.” A commentator on SuperHeroHype, a forum geared toward comic book fans, wrote: “The workprint did nothing but make me want to see the final completed version even more.”
… but the bottom line remains:
It’s hard to tell how exactly the premature distribution will affect the film’s performance in the long run. As my colleague Brian Stelter pointed out, online viewers make up a tiny percentage of the total audience. Either way, the troubling and costly leak is likely to provide fresh ammunition to the crackdown on digital piracy of content.