DC Fans Make A Petition To Shut Down Rotten Tomatoes Following ‘Suicide Squad’ Reviews

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Earlier today, the review embargo was lifted for critics who got a chance to see Suicide Squad. Unfortunately for many fans (myself included) who hoped that the film would earn positive reviews especially after the not-so-stellar reaction to Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the consensus from critics seems very mixed, and as of right now, the David Ayer film has a critic rating of 37% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Rotten Tomatoes aggregates a collection of many different critics’ reviews, and rounds them all up to a certain approval rating. In response to the critics’ score, some DC fans decided to start a petition on change.org, calling for a shutdown on the site. The description of this said petition is described as follows:

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

As of the publishing of this article, the petition has 3,083 signatures, and I can’t help but feel sorely amused at this fact. Even as someone who has been one of the biggest flag-wavers of the DC Extended Universe’s future slate of films, particularly Suicide Squad, I find the fact that this petition is even a thing to be quite pathetic.

Now hear me out. I understand the frustration and disappointment coming from the critical consensuses of not just Suicide Squad, but from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Man of Steel. In particular, when the first critical reactions from Batman v Superman were released, I was legitimately bummed out to see that critics were not enjoying the film, because this signified that the general audience would not respond to the film the way Warner Bros. and DC would have hoped – and it showed through the film’s box office returns. While the movie still made a good profit, it did not hit the $1 billion mark that the studio both expected/hoped for.

But what I even more disheartening is that there are sections in many fandoms that ignite a certain toxicity on the internet that only adds more hostility and cynicism. The sentiment behind this petition only illustrates that some are taking these reactions to the film on a personal level. Now, let’s remember that almost all of these signatures are from people who have not even seen the film for themselves.

I am not saying it is wrong to hold your fandom of choice so closely to heart. If that were not the case for me, I would not be writing about comic book films so often. The trouble is that with this mentality, it does not welcome new additions to your fan community, but rather alienates them. And if the most toxic nature of fandom continues to perpetuate, it can lead to dangerous repercussions.

I still intend on seeing Suicide Squad this weekend with all the excitement that I have, because of my love for comic book movies. So to all my fellow fanboys, please understand that someone’s review whether positive or negative should not be taken personal. Check out Suicide Squad for yourselves and make up your own mind. Just understand that some people won’t share the same opinion as you, and that is okay. There are other things in the world that deserve your outrage more than what some critics say about a movie.

Source: Change.org


Noah Villaverde

Noah Villaverde

Cinema lover. Saxophone player. Coffee consumer. Chronic complainer. Oh, I also write. #TeamHeroic

  • Jake Bucsko

    It’s amazing that the people who created and signed this petition have the brainpower to breathe in and out.

    • Marquis de Sade

      I wouldn’t be surprised if Sammy-rai initiated this ill-advised and embarrassing petition. LOL!

  • Steve Steve

    There you go modern society! If you don’t like something simply suppress those who supply the information!

    jk. These are a handful of idiots who do not represent our generation. We should hear them and mock them accordingly. Out in the open for all to see. Why did they capitalize Affects? Is it because they really meant to create an Effect? 😉

  • Marquis de Sade

    This just proves that dc fangurls are the biggest whiners in all of geekdom. Btw, Rotten Tomatoes is a subsidiary of Time Warner’s, which in turn owns and distributes the woeful dreck that is dceu. Bwahahaha!

    • Kawshik Ahmed

      TW sold RT to Universal this year

      • Axxell

        They’re half owners.

  • Napi

    When does this page became Noah’s blog?

  • JMMagwood

    Sucks that SS isn’t getting great reviews, but you can’t blame RT for that. I’m still going, and I really don’t care what critics say at his point. Oh well. Looking forward to it, but if I don’t like it, I’ll say so.

  • AlphaBlu

    ‘Cause that’s the way of the future: Shutdown and eliminate all opposing view points. Don’t want to get our previous feelings hurt.

    If the movie sucks, then the movie sucks. Won’t stop me from seeing it this weekend. Can’t wait! 😀

  • so Noah, what are you gonna do / say to the sheeple who wont want to watch SS or any DC movie because “durhh rotten tomatoes sez its badddd”?

    i think you’re missing the point of the petition. RT– CRITICS in general– can be bought and paid for. that been fact since theres been movies. its worse now because one corrupt critic writing a long winded lousy review can be seen by the entire world, for as long as the internet exists. and you know sheeples exist. so whats your solution?


      You’re saying the vast majority of critics are paid to exclusively give DC films a bad review? That’s just nonsensical and would be exposed to the press quite easily if true. It couldn’t be kept a secret.

      Was Chris Stuckman paid to give Suicide Squad a bad review?

      • Axxell

        Don’t introduce logic in these mob riots…

  • clownprince2acnt

    ahahahaahaha how embarrassing dcfans are a joke samurai why you out here starting petitions…

    lol dc now has the 2 worst rated cbms of 2016.. i thought ss would be rated better then xmen at best lol.. how does dc let two seperate companies make better films then them when they used doomsday, lex, ww, bats ,supes ,joker,harley,croc across two films lmao…

    want to hear a joke? dccu

    • Stewart J. Klein

      Man, I’ve heard of people that don’t know the difference between ‘then’ and ‘than’ but to not know that dcu is spelled dcu blows my mind

  • clownprince2acnt

    eff marvel huh ayer?

  • breakerbaker

    It doesn’t even make logical sense. The major critics whose work feed the content of RT (or the content anybody cares about) have no financial relationship with RT. I mean if you can navigate a Change.org petition builder, you’d think you’d be able to figure out that RT is a collector of content more than it is a creator. Shutting the site down, even if that were the kind of thing that fell under the purview of a fan petition (which is obviously isn’t) wouldn’t effectively silence anybody.

    Also, it’s a total drag that this movie apparently sucks. Moriarty/McWeeny actually gave it a pretty positive review.

  • Axxell

    I can’t imagine the people who started this petition, and the ones who signed it, have an IQ north of 100…