Well the haters were saying how he looked like a character from that vampire movie(i can't think of the name off the top of my head), girls were obsessed with those guys. So.....
Honestly i think new dante looks rather average, he just looks like a guy in his early-mid 20s. He just wears a funny jacket, cause that is a trademark. The new one doesn't really look like a junkie, the original reveal kind of did. If you put those two side by side, his design was changed/cleaned up quite a bit.
No, only a small venue of people were saying that. Funny how you 'people' take the more obscure things and place them on the general populace.
BTW, this game is going for the same effect that Twilight did for popularity. Cheap and shallow sexuality. --- Gamers have lost their pride. Complacency can be a sin.