Yeh that’s not retconning dude, the whole universe is fake, can’t really retcon stuff that argurably never existed.
Feels like lazy criticism. You’re entitled to not like it and critique it however you like just as im entitled to critique your critique, hasn’t rubbed me the wrong way at all just seems flawed and presumptuous.
They wiped the slate clean, and deviated from the source material they took three movies setting up. No matter the movie, or the universe within it, that method in itself in writing terms is called retconning. Terminator - a franchise I am a massive fan of - tried to do the same thing craftily "because time travel", but fell flat.
Ah nice. We can add "lazy" to my "weird", "strange" opinion on the movie. Loaded language despite not being "rubbed the wrong way". I guess one could say this laziness is on par with their writing such as a throwaway plotpoint 95% of the way into the film that Trinity somehow gained powers, without any explanation as to how or why, just because. Venturing onto Reddit, it looks like I am not alone with this thought.
Personally, I just hope they don't continue the franchise and run it further into the ground and perhaps being $40m below budget at the box office will fortunately force their hand. The fact Warner Bros tried to be meta and poked fun at themselves, pre-empting criticism of them using this entry as a cash grab is at least something they were on the mark with. I am on board with reviving franchises if the story warrants it, but this wasn't it for me unfortunately.