Leading up to their Comic-Con panel today, the team behind Ender's Game is, naturally, doing a lot to promote their movie. There's a new teaser out and a fan experience takes you to the film's battle school in a theme park-esque way. But despite all the fanfare, the movie is coming to Comic-Con at a disadvantage: having to face the growing concern over Orson Scott Card's homophobic views. It's nice to know that in an interview with the Associated Press' Chris Talbott the movie's star, Asa Butterfield, and director, Gavin Hood, challenge Card's views.
The movement against the film gathered steam last week when a number of news organization picked up on the Geeks Out plan to boycott, which actually has been around since the trailer debuted in May. Card, whose novel was published in 1985, issued a statement to Entertainment Weekly, ironically asking for "tolerance." Card is a devout Mormon who was a board member of the National Organization for Marriage.
In Talbott's interviews Hood, who explains that he is a member of the Courage Campaign, and Butterfield try to counter the notion that the book is the author, with Hood explaining that he think's it's "slightly bitterly ironic" that themes Talbott describes as compassion and kindness "are not carried through on [Card's] particular view on gay marriage." Meanwhile, 16-year-old Butterfield said he agrees "with rights for everybody," but "you can't blame a work for its author."