Last December, we got our first look at Will Smith’s genie in the upcoming live-action Aladdin remake from Disney. When the internet wasn’t busy making jokes about how he looked like a pirate, it was complaining about how he wasn’t blue.
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How can you bring Robin Williams’ iconic character to life and not give him his famous hue? Well, be careful what you wish for, everyone, because the latest teaser for the film has given us the wish-granting genie in all his cobalt glory… and uh, here’s the thing. It’s not great. It’s kind of terrifying. You know what is great, though? The plethora of jokes and memes it immediately led to. To help us deal with this troubling turn of events, here are our favorites.
This tweet pretty much captures everyone’s general reaction.
I feel nothing but a deep primal fear towards Will Smith as the new Genie. His ears are so big and his forehead stretches into infinity. I want to kill him with fire. Why do we have to suffer? A new #Aladdin film is just pointless. Please God, save us from this hell. pic.twitter.com/ogUlgDdkqN
— almighty axolotl (@almightyaxolotl) February 11, 2019
Okay that might be a little harsh, but this is a lot harsh, but we’re just getting started.
Honestly the Will Smith genie feels like a spoiler for BIRD BOX because I finally understand what image would make them so fascinated but also want to kill themselves
— Kyle Buchanan (@kylebuchanan) February 11, 2019
This shows just how dangerous deepfake technology can be, something has to be done. pic.twitter.com/LjManECtNU
— Russ Fischer (@russfischer) February 11, 2019
wonder if the new aladdin is gonna be good..
will smith: pic.twitter.com/LMmh125lHh
— Mekki Leeper (@MekkiLeeper) February 11, 2019
— Chris Evangelista (@cevangelista413) February 11, 2019
producer’s notes: it’s cool that Will Smith is in this movie and all, but what if we face swapped him with blue Shrek, and also had the worst guy from DeviantArt do it pic.twitter.com/hvi2NGlRe9
— priscilla page (@BBW_BFF) February 11, 2019
Will Smith as the Genie with a zinger! pic.twitter.com/1x3s0fo2rF
— Kirk Beattie (@KirkBeattie) February 11, 2019
So, here a meme I made about my feeling towards Will Smith in Alladin. pic.twitter.com/GrYtdUM77P
— Brandon Allen (@BWAllen2018) February 11, 2019
This look might not be going over great for Disney and Will Smith, but it has been a boondoggle for other blue characters.
Aladdin (Ritchie, 2019) pic.twitter.com/h9rqtWh3Ix
— Leo Summer (@aquanarc) February 11, 2019
After #Aladdin, #WillSmith‘s Captain Planet. pic.twitter.com/80eEmuNqqA
— Peter (@p_monies_malone) February 11, 2019
The new Willy Wonka remake looks weird but I respect the bold casting choices. #Aladdintrailer #WillSmith #willywonka pic.twitter.com/Ezp8y909Hu
— Chris Demarais? (@ChrisDemarais) February 11, 2019
Dude the Will Smith Genie looks so good
— Schaffrillas’ dank meme stash (@Schaffrillas) February 11, 2019
#Aladdin #WillSmith Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.3 Looking great pic.twitter.com/Tkt89SnjR7
— Photo Negative Mickey (@mickey1_photo) February 11, 2019
Will Smith pic.twitter.com/9MhxmnqApT
— La Abuela Garcia ®™ (@rthur013) February 11, 2019
— Dave Schilling (@dave_schilling) February 11, 2019
Spot the difference. #Aladdin #Aladdin2019 pic.twitter.com/qIJf9unMQp
— Nathan Eisler (@eisler_nathan) February 11, 2019
No surprise Arrested Development was on the mind of a lot of people.
Will smith as the genie looks good. pic.twitter.com/64BmTj60Gj
— Arturo Torres (@arturodraws) February 11, 2019
Enorme Will Smith. pic.twitter.com/Ac4n2q1o2k
— Alejandro González (@Alexicko) February 11, 2019
Sometimes the internet is good. And sometimes it’s the best.
In ancient Arabia,
bottled and raised,
at the cave of wonders
spending most of my days
chillin’ out maxin’ relaxin’ all cool
grantin’ wishes to street rats outside the school pic.twitter.com/c3t49tXyZj
— Mike Drucker (@MikeDrucker) February 11, 2019
“Let me tell you about my podcast!” pic.twitter.com/VITpytAuhc
— Fandom Files (@FandomFilesSYFY) February 11, 2019
not sure about these Avatar sequels pic.twitter.com/sY4LvqdR9h
— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) February 11, 2019
HBO’s Watchmen reboot is making some strong choices pic.twitter.com/q27DrBFT6B
— Mike Drucker (@MikeDrucker) February 11, 2019
? “Take it from me, parrots jasmine under sand.” pic.twitter.com/ajfWysV8AN
— Matt Fowler (@TheMattFowler) February 11, 2019
— Matt Patches (@misterpatches) February 11, 2019
Our very own Dan Casey speaks for all of us here at Nerdist.
All three of my wishes are that I hadn’t seen this. pic.twitter.com/QrOhHpCvCn
— Dan Casey (@DanCasey) February 11, 2019
Is it possible that when we wished for the genie to be blue we used a monkey’s paw and not a magic lamp?
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