After a slew of negative reviews for “Suicide Squad,” the people have spoken and they want Rotten Tomatoes to be shut down. DC Comics fan Abdullah Coldwater created a Change.org petition, “Shutdown Rotten Tomatoes,” as a way to fight back against critics who have been tarnishing the superhero movie.
“We need this site to be shut down because critics always give The DC Extended Universe movies unjust, bad reviews. And that affects people’s opinion even if it’s a really great movie,” he wrote on the page.
At the time of this publication, the petition has over 16,000 signatures and hopes to reach its goal of 25,000.
While the petition continues to rally up signatures, Coldwater did update the site by writing, “A petition definitely won’t shut down the site. The aim of the petition is to deliver a message to the critics that there [are] a lot of people [who] disagree with their reviews.” Adding, “this is just a way to express our anger.”
“Suicide Squad” currently has a Rotten Tomatoes approval rating of 32 percent, but 99 percent of people who want to see it. Critics have been tearing the David Ayer-directed film to pieces. IndieWire’s David Ehrlich gave the film a D+, writing, “These heroes may by bad, but their movie is even worse.” Todd McCarthy of The Hollywood Reporter called it “All flash, no fun” and Vanity Fair’s Richard Lawson even wrote that it’s worse than “Fantastic Four.”
The Jared Leto and Will Smith-starring action flick is still expected to top the box office and even break records for an August release. According to Variety, it could be looking at a $125 million to $140 million launch. The question is if audiences will enjoy the film or agree with critics? For now, it’s just a waiting game.