This past weekend was the second weekend for DC’s Suicide Squad in theaters. As with Batman v. Superman, Suicide Squad was met with harsh critic reviews. I’m sure you’ve noticed by now that the initial fan reaction wasn’t as strongly negative. This seemed to be true of Batman v. Superman as well. Maybe it’s over enthusiasm of DC fanboys that is balancing the scales. Perhaps movie-goers who aren’t as immersed in geek culture do not have the expectations of some critics. Whatever the cause, there seems to be a shape disconnect between the average movie-goer and the Hollywood film critic.
That is not to say that both DC films have come without their share of problems. Neither film has been a masterpiece by any stretch of the imagination. While Suicide Squad had some major plot issues, it redeemed itself with its focus on characters. Its tone was light and comical from the beginning. Honestly it should be compared more with Deadpool than anything Marvel Studios has produced. For a full review of Suicide Squad, click here.
Parent company Warner Bros. can’t be pleased with the critical reaction of either release. Both films have seemed to encounter editing controversy and issues with the overall plot. This is an area the critics have burned them on twice now. Hopefully the company can make some adjustments before the release of Wonder Woman.
But despite those issues, neither film has truly been the unmitigated disaster that has been reflected by their rotten tomato scores. Both films have rotten scores below 30% so far. Are these films really that bad, or has Marvel set a bar so high that the upstart DC Universe can’t realistically compete.
A precedent has been set among critics. DC films have an expectation to be bad. One thing has become apparently clear, Wonder Woman and Justice League need to be hits. Only then will the sour taste be washed from the mouths of critics.