The Lone Ranger producer Jerry Bruckheimer says that, despite unkind reviews and poor box-office numbers, he feels future generations of viewers will enjoy the movie. "I think [Lone Ranger] is going to be looked back on as a brave, wonderful film," he told Vulture, the entertainment-focused website of New York magazine.
Bruckheimer compared The Lone Ranger to a well-known film he produced in 1983 that was panned in its day. "It reminds me of a critic who called Flashdance a 'toxic dump,' … Ten years later [the critic] said, 'This is really a good movie. I missed it.'"
But as Sean O'Neil of the Onion A.V. Club points out, Flashdance and The Lone Ranger is an apples-to-oranges comparison. Flashdance was "one of the three top-grossing films of its year, and [extended] its reach into music and fashion."
Bruckheimer also said that the film, which featured Johnny Depp in the role of Tonto, a controversial casting choice in Indian country, was proving more critically successful in Europe than it has in the United States. Whatever the case, the producer isn't likely to obsess over it for too long — he won't have time.He's committed to producing two more Pirates of the Caribbean movies, and sequels to Bad Boys, Top Gun, and National Treasure.