The first wave of reviews have arrived for the hotly awaited Suicide Squad – and they aren’t exactly full of praise for DC’s latest movie effort
Suicide Squad currently has a rotten approval rating of just 34% on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, with the majority of critics panning the film’s muddled storyline.
Michael LaSalle of the San Francisco was perhaps most brutal of all reviewers, when he suggested:
“If you know someone that you really can’t stand… send that person a ticket for Suicide Squad”.
Suicide Squad has amassed an army of defenders already – despite the fact it doens’t hit big screens in the UK till tomorrow – partly due to the teasing of Jared Leto’s unhinged Joker, and Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn.
And it seems this army of followers aren’t willing to take the avalanche of scathing reviews on the chin.
One uber-fan of the super villains has proposed a petition to shutdown Rotten Tomatoes following the film’s rotten rating, arguing:
“We need this site to be shut down because It’s Critics [sic] 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.”
Take that movie world!
What signees of the petition perhaps fail to understand is that Rotten Tomatoes merely compiles reviews from a variety of media outlets and doesn’t actually write any themselves.
The uber-fan has since sought to clarify the intentions of the petition, releasing a statement that’s as muddled as Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice’s narrative:
“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.”
Director reacts to poor reviews
The film’s director David Ayer has been philosophical about the negative reviews, tweeting:
Prefiero morir de pie que vivir de rodillas – Emiliano Zapata
— David Ayer (@DavidAyerMovies) August 2, 2016
Which translates as: “I’d rather die standing than live on my knees”.
Despite the struggle to harness positive reviews, Suicide Squad is set to take over $100 million in its opening weekend.
The superhero flick, produced by DC Entertainment, hits UK cinemas tomorrow, August 4