There are very few things in the anime community that is widely agreed upon, however, it’s almost unanimous that the Dragonball Evolution movie is considered a monstrosity and a complete insult to the Dragon Ball franchise and anime itself. Apparently, James Wong, Dragonball Evolution writer and director, knew very little about the franchise previously to signing on for the project according to an interview with Newsarama
“At one point, Stephen Chow was going to direct the movie and somehow that didn’t work out,” Wong explained. “20th Century Fox called me and asked if I was interested in looking at a script. I wasn’t a lifelong fan of Dragonball because I didn’t know much about it. I said I would look at it and the script they sent me was interesting, but it was really when they sent me the manga from the Toriyama that it intrigued me. I thought the manga was fun, inventive, and amazing.”
At its core, a beloved franchise was ruined because people who didn’t know anything about it had full control over how the world will see it on the big screen.