The war between Marvel and DC fanboys was only inflamed yesterday as the first reviews for David Ayer’s “Suicide Squad” were released.
After Zack Snyder’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” stumbled in March with just a 27% approval rating on critical aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes, the hope was ‘Squad’ could bounce back with this next chapter in its DC Extended Universe initiative. It didn’t. With 55 reviews counted, “Suicide Squad” now sits at a 34% approval rating – a score that the studio, the filmmakers and the fans are unhappy with.
That said one fan named Abdullah Coldwater has put the blame on the review site for the poor reception and has begun a petition on Change.org to have the review aggregator site shut down due to “unjust bad reviews” for the two aforementioned films. As of this posting, the petition has scored 10,981 supporters.
The films have their supporters, but it’s just another example in a long line of accusations of unjust treatment hurled at critics in recent months who’ve been accused of everything from outright bribery by Disney (Marvel films) and Sony (the Ghostbusters reboot), to being victims of extortion. The petition also seems to forget that Rotten Tomatoes has plenty of strong scores for past DC films on its database with Chris Nolan’s “The Dark Knight” and Richard Donner’s “Superman” sitting at over 90% positive.
Reviews and aggregate scores like the Tomatometer Score make little difference on opening weekend numbers, but there is often a correlation between bad reviews and long-term box-office prospects such as with “Dawn of Justice” which ended its worldwide run with just under $900 million as opposed to the over $1 billion it was targeting before release.
“Suicide Squad” opens in cinemas on Friday.