Is there anything more pathetic in this world than a bunch of butt-hurt fanboys? We're living in a time when movie studios are bending over backwards to keep comic book fans satiated, with six comic book movies being released this year, which increases to 7 next year and a whopping 13 in 2018! Basically, there's never been a better time to be a fanboy, but you wouldn't know that from the way DC fans are getting all worked up over the second DCEU film in a row that's failed to crack 40% on Rotten Tomatoes.
That's right, folks. The review embargo on Suicide Squad lifted yesterday, and even though there are only 72 reviews up as of press time, the film is clearly failing to connect with critics, currently sitting at 33% rotten. So what's a DC fanboy to do? Well, according to ComicBook.com, they started an internet petition—which, as we know, always work—to have Rotten Tomatoes shut down. You read that right. They want a review aggregator site that simply gathers critical reviews in one place to disappear from the internet because it's clearly a biased website out to prove to the world that DC Films suck.
I was going to start my next statement with, "as we all know," but it's clear that's not true, so allow me to let you in on a little secret. Film critics are not secretly in the pockets of any major studio. No one calling themselves a film critic is getting any kind of kickback from rival studios to trash a film—video game reviewers are a different story, though, and even then those weren't "critics" so much as they were "YouTube celebrities."
Anyone that takes the art of criticism seriously knows that honesty is the only commodity worth a good god damn in the industry, and the way that most of us view it is that we are charged with giving an honest assessment of whether or not a movie is worth you spending your hard-earned money. I suppose that many critics have biases against certain filmmakers, actors, and studios, but we try to set those aside and take the film at face value. It's clear that people taking Suicide Squad at face value found it to be lacking in virtually every area—I'll be bringing you my thoughts on Friday—and the majority of those critics want you to know that the film is simply not worth seeing.
There is a huge difference between being a fan and being a critic. The average fan going to see a film wants something completely different from that film than a critic does. Critics take everything into consideration, from the soundtrack and the cinematography to the direction and performances, before giving the film a final grade. The average fan is willing to overlook flaws in any number of areas so long as they got what they came to see. I imagine that the average Suicide Squad fan will enjoy the film more than the average critic, but they're not watching it with a critical eye. They're watching it to see characters they love come to life, and will let things like poor pacing or story structure slide so long as they glean a modicum of enjoyment out of the film.
Fanboys have always and will always consider critics to be the enemies of entertainment. How dare someone say that a film like Avatar, the highest grossing movie of all time, is poorly paced and filled with some of the stupidest dialogue of all time? It was a kick-ass movie with all kinds of creatures flying around and that villain had a big ol' knife that was super cool! Let's just agree that fanboys and critics watch movies differently, and yeah, sometimes critics will do their damnedest to steer the average joe away from a movie that they consider to be trash. But don't for a minute think that critics wield some sort of magical influence over the general population that causes good movies to fail. You cannot account for the careers of Adam Sandler and Michael Bay if you feel that way. If the critics truly had that kind of sway, The Nice Guys and The BFG wouldn't have flopped, and Batman v Superman would have.
If you like Suicide Squad, great! Good for you, I couldn't be happier that you enjoyed the film, but don't blame the critics for pointing out that it's got a ton of flaws. They're just doing their job. You just keep doing yours, and leave your stupid internet petitions in your pocket!