It should come as no big surprise that the up-and-coming DC cinematic universe is struggling. They are simply trying to play catch-up with Marvel at this point. Although 2013’s “Man of Steel” received mixed reviews, this year’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” was critically panned while also receiving much hate from moviegoers. DC has not left a good first impression and it seems almost impossible at this point to match the more successful Disney/Marvel collaborations. But DC Comics still has a very strong fanbase. In terms of animation, DC has managed to release some of the finest animated comic films and television series for over 20 years. They have been around longer than Marvel and are the very reason we have Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, etc. With “Suicide Squad” receiving an early round of not-so-nice reviews, fans are beginning to grow angry.
The most popular movie review site to date is Rotten Tomatoes. Die-hard fans have gone as far as to even try and take down the site for their negative reviews against DC-related properties despite the fact that the site is simply an aggregation of individual reviews from different critics writing for different publications. Fans are hoping to accomplish this impossible act through Change.org which is a site where fans can try to bring back a cancelled show or get a new director for an upcoming film for example. Yes, this is a real thing believe it or not. The “Suicide Squad” release has lead to a petition of over 1700+ supporters for the elimination of Rotten Tomatoes and their negative DC reviews. This petition has little to no chance of actually amounting to anything, but you can never keep a good comic fan down.
“Suicide Squad” currently sits at a 35% on Rotten Tomatoes. These are only the early reviews considering the film has not been released to the public as of yet and many critics have not submitted a review. The film’s final rating is still unknown and could drastically change as the days go by approaching the official release. With “Batman v Superman” still making a ton of money for the studio and future releases such as “Justice League” and “Wonder Woman” slated for next year, DC has no intention of stopping any time soon. “Suicide Squad” comes to theaters everywhere this Friday, so go and see it for yourself to form a personal opinion.
What do you think? Going too far or is the hostility warranted?