DC Fans Start Petition to Shut Down Rotten Tomatoes

By August 3, 2016

It hasn’t been an easy year for the DCEU, and that’s no secret. After Batman v Superman was not only a critical disaster for the most part, but also a financial disappointment in its own way as well, fans of the brand were hoping that the upcoming Suicide Squad would be the saving grace that the universe desperately needed, thanks to its pitch-perfect marketing and exciting, unique trailers.

However, as the first reviews for the film came out yesterday, fans were met with yet another majority of negative reviews for the film, though this batch was decidedly more mixed than Batman v Superman‘s were, with most critics even agreeing that the film was a success in its own right, thanks mostly to the performances of its cast and the characters even despite some of the truly bad structural flaws.

Currently, Suicide Squad has a 33% on the Rotten Tomatoes meter, only 6% higher than the rating for Batman v Superman, which caused a large amount of controversy earlier this year. It should be noted though that only 73 critic reviews have been counted for Suicide Squad so far, which isn’t even close to the full number of reviews that’ll come in by the time everything is said and done, which means the rating could fluxuate quite a bit in the coming week or so.

However, that hasn’t toned down the fan backlash to critics and the negative reviews so far, and if things keep going the way they’re looking right now, then the fan backlash to these negative Suicide Squad reviews could end up being even worse than it was for Batman v Superman.

Just when you think these things can’t get any more ridiculous too – something like this happens, almost 12,000 DC fans have officially signed a new petition on Change.org to shut down Rotten Tomatoes. Why? Because “We need this site to be shut down because It’s Critics always give The DC Extended Universe movies unjust Bad Reviews, Like 1- Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice 2016 2- Suicide Squad 2016 and that Affects people’s opinion even if it’s a really great movies.

Here’s the deal, even if they got Rotten Tomatoes shut down (which they won’t by the way), that would 100% not stop negative reviews for the DCEU movies from coming because all Rotten Tomatoes does, as a site, is create an aggregate rating for the films based on the reviews that they receive.

The creator of the petition posted an update or “clarification” as well, saying that even though the title of the petition is “Shutdown Rotten Tomatoes,” they’re not actually trying to shut down the site, but merely trying to express their anger and show critics that other people have opinions that matter too, which is something that apparently every critic has argued against in their negative reviews of the film. Oh wait, you can’t find that anywhere in the reviews? Don’t worry, keep reading, that sentiment is there somewhere. It has to be… right?

First : Thank you very much for reaching more than 5000 supporter
Second A Clarification : A petition definitely won’t shut down the site
The aim of the petition is to deliver a message to the critics that there is a lot of people disagree with their reviews.
A lot of people the supporters and the opponents of the petition act like we are already going right now to shut down the site
not it’s just a way to express our anger

There’s a lot wrong with this petition, if I’m being completely honest, since it basically all boils down to people being angry at other people for not liking what they like. It’s basically the equivalent of me walking up to a total stranger in an ice cream shop and kicking them in the shins because they don’t like the same flavor I do.

What they seem to be forgetting about RT though, is that the site offers not only the critical rating for a film, but also the audience rating as well, which most moviegoers pay more attention to anyways. If you go ahead and look at the audience ratings for the DCEU so far as well, they’re much more positive than the critics, because the only opinion that matters is your own. Try to remember that every time one of these types of petitions pops up online, because it’s probably not the first of its kind, and certainly won’t be the last.

Suicide Squad is set to hit theatres this Friday, August 5th.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable