The DC Extended Universe (DCEU) is about to release its second film this Friday when Suicide Squad hits theaters, and it didn’t have a good lead-in. Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice was crucified by critics and ripped apart by fans en route to a very low 27 percent rating on the Rotten Tomatoes website. Now, DC Comics fans have started a petition to shut the popular website down due to Suicide Squad getting the same treatment.
Yes, as with just about anything and everything that people don’t like these days, a petition has been started to stop it. Dawn of Justice was one thing, but the already low score for Suicide Squad has brought about action from all the fans of the DCEU.
As of this writing, the petition on Change.org has already reached its original goal of 1,500 in total and that is in just a mere six hours since it was created. Now, the goal has been upped in an attempt to get 2,500. It’s hard to imagine what kind of effect could be achieved with such a low amount of signatures, but the movement is at least out there.
UPDATE – 11:35 a.m. – August 3, 2016 – The list of signatures needed has now been upped to 15,000 and it currently sitting at right under 2,900.
The description of the petition is not one that goes very deep and it’s quite simple in explanation.
“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 [sic]”
Upon hitting its goal, the petition is set to be delivered to Rotten Tomatoes which is odd in itself as the site isn’t going to shut itself down.
Some of the comments left on the petition say that Rotten Tomatoes gives “unfair reviews all the time” and one commenter simply makes his true feelings known by exclaiming, “I don’t like them.”
Suicide Squad hits theaters on Friday for a wide release, but the critic reviews are already coming out and Collider collected a lot of them together. By looking at all of them, it is obvious that the initial reaction is “not good” and it just seems like they aren’t going to get any better.
SUICIDE SQUAD review coming: DC fans no longer have grounds to mock Marvel movies. Faceless hordes, sky portals, quips – it’s Marvel lite.
— devin faraci (@devincf) August 2, 2016
The film is currently fluctuating from 35 to 37 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, and it just doesn’t seem that those signing the petition understand how the site works. While there are some critics and reviewers on the site, the score is an average of all critics’ ratings overall.
It’s not like they are attempting to purposely rain down on all films in the DCEU, but so far, the universe is 0-2.
Looking at films from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, here are just some of the Rotten Tomatoes scores for the past few years:
Captain America: Civil War – 90 percent
Captain America: The Winter Soldier – 89 percent
Avengers: Age of Ultron – 75 percent
Marvel’s The Avengers – 92 percent
Ant-Man – 81 percent
Guardians of the Galaxy – 91 percent
So far, it’s easy to see that Marvel is winning the ratings and movie scores race by a large margin over DC.
There are a lot of films coming out in both the MCU and DCEU over the next few years with the full comic book movie schedule already out through 2020. While the reviews may not be a big deal to some, fans of DC Comics are making it known through this petition that they won’t put up with the way Rotten Tomatoes treats their films.
Rotten Tomatoes is not going anywhere anytime soon even though the DCEU is getting rather poor treatment at the start of its existence. Suicide Squad hasn’t even gotten a full-out wide release yet, but critics are not being overly friendly to it. The petition to shut down the website is gaining speed quite quickly, but it will likely still be around to rate Justice League and all the other movies coming from DC Comics and Warner Bros. in the future.
[Image via Rotten Tomatoes]