After poor reviews for Man of Streel and disastrous reviews for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the trailers for DC’s Suicide Squad seemed encouraging. But despite the high hopes of fans that this would end the string of badly reviewed DC films, the critics are burying Suicide Squad.
As of today (Wed. August 3rd) Suicide Squad is at a low 43% on Meta Critic, and an even lower 31% on Rotten Tomatoes. This critical panning has DC fans so angry that some are petitioning to have Rotten Tomatoes shut down because of the bad reviews DC films have been getting. If you think about it, this is a ridiculous petition because Rotten Tomatoes does not review movies—it only collects reviews that the critics have made and averages them out. It’s not Rotten Tomatoes fault if the critics are giving terrible reviews to DC movies.
The Forbes article says its, “Worse than Green Lantern; worse than Fantastic Four.”
The LA Times calls it, “A concept in search of a story.”
The site Roger Ebert.com writes, “It’s massive, messy, noisy; and it stinks!”
CNN says that even the credible efforts of Will Smith and Margot Robbie “don’t breathe life into the film frequently enough to give it much of a pulse.”
Predictably, all this negative advance word has reignited the whole conspiracy theory which many DC fans hold firmly to, that critics are out to destroy DC because they are all pawns of Disney.
Even if this movie is as bad as the critics are saying, there is good news here; This film is the last one completed under the influence of the Snyderverse, which was the standard for DC movies when Zack Snyder was still the king of the DCEU. Since then, DC/Warner Bros has formed their DC Film Division, run by Geoff Johns, who is the president and chief creative officer at DC Comics. Johns is a talented writer and a very creative individual so we can expect a change in future DC movies.
Will the bad reviews hurt Suicide Squad? Will it underperform and divide fans, as Man of Steel and Batman v Superman did? We’ll see in the coming weeks.