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Don’t shoot the messenger.
Some DC Comics faithful aren’t pleased with the poor reviews Suicide Squad has been receiving … and they are blaming Rotten Tomatoes, a site that famously aggregates reviews into a Tomatometer score, but does not review films itself.
Currently, Suicide Squad sits at 35 percent on the Tomatometer, giving it a “rotten” score. Neither of Warner Bros.’ two previous entries in the DC Extended Universe have been certified “fresh,” with 2013’s Man of Steel sitting at 56 percent and March’s Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice pulling the lowest of them all with 27 percent.
The Change.org petition, made by a fan who says he lives in Egypt, argues Rotten Tomatoes should be shut down because its critics “always give The DC Extended Universe movies unjust Bad Reviews,” and that this affects people’s opinions, even if the films are “great.”
As of Tuesday night, more than 5,000 people had signed the petition, but plenty of comments have questioned the validity of trying to shut down Rotten Tomatoes, considering the site does not review films.
The petition organizer shared a statement to address those criticisms on Tuesday, saying that he understands the site will not be shut down. Rather, he hopes the petition will send a message to critics that a lot of people “disagree with their reviews,” adding the petition is just “a way to express our anger.”
Ironically, Warner Bros. has a history with Rotten Tomatoes. The site — along with DC Entertainment — falls under the Time Warner corporate umbrella. Until earlier this year, Rotten Tomatoes was a property of Warner Bros. Entertainment. It was sold to Fandango in February.
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