It looks like DC fanboys/girls have had it with critics giving their movies bad reviews!
A fan mad petition was created on change.org to shut down the review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes over the fact that the last three DC comic book based movies received poor critic scores. 2013’s Man of Steel received a overall critic rating of 55% on Rotten Tomatoes, this year’s Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice received a very low 27% critic rating, and the soon to be released (August 5, 2016) Suicide Squad at the time of writing is sitting at a surprisingly low 30% with early critic screenings.
The creator of the petition is identified as a fan from Alexandra, Egypt, and argues that the bad reviews on Rotten Tomatoes are negatively affecting people’s opinion on the DC movies, even if they’re “really great.” The unnamed organizer says:
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 (sic)”
Several commenters, understandably, have questioned why Rotten Tomatoes is the target of this petition, pointing out that the site does not actually review movies. It is a site that takes the ratings of other outlets and collects them all in one place.
As of writing this “Shutdown Rotten Tomatoes” has received over 18,000 signatures. The petition shows that it only needs 6,000 more to reach its goal of 25,000 signatures.
What happens after it reaches 25,000 signatures? Nothing. The site is going to keep doing what is has been for years. In a statement released by the organizer clarified that the goal of the petition isn’t actually to shut down the site. “It’s just a way to express our anger.” he wrote.