There's an Amazingly Nerdy Problem with the Star Wars: The Force Awakens Opening Crawl
The controversy started with an essay in Medium when The Force Awakens first came out, and has snowballed from there:
According to the essay (although no official sources have confirmed this, as far as we know), in all six Star Wars films, the title of the film in the opening crawl was typeset in the same font: News Gothic for the episode number, and Univers Ultra Condensed for the title. But that all ended with The Force Awakens, which aped the original trilogy in so many ways, but still decided to change the font:
It's subtle, but noticable [sic]. The 'S' and 'R' glyphs, in particular, are very different. Overall, it's boxier, and feels more staid. Less urgent.
This sounds insanely nitpicky, and it is, but it's also apparently true. After fans started to speak out about the mistake in the opening crawl, Lucasfilm story editor Pablo Hidalgo confirmed on Twitter that J.J. Abrams decided to make the change for unknown reasons:
@FixTheCrawl @jedimisterclark We know the one that was approved by the director changed things around.— Pablo Hidalgo (@pablohidalgo) January 26, 2016
It's obviously subjective whether the new font looks better or worse (and we also still don't know if those are the actual fonts used), but now that I look at it, I can see what the writer is talking about. I never would have noticed it if someone hadn't pointed it out, but the new font does look a little boxier. "Less urgent" might be pushing it, but it does look a little plainer. And overall, it seems like a strange choice to change something that people likely either wouldn't notice or be upset about it, but maybe Abrams anticipated that this tiny change would inspire hilariously obscure nerd rages.