Heroic Heroism- Black Panther hasn’t even been released in theaters yet, but a small group of infuriated DC fans have come together in an effort to make sure that the Marvel film receives a low audience score on Rotten Tomatoes.
A Facebook group by the name of “Down with Disney’s Treatment of Franchises and its Fanboys” recently created an event on the social media site called “Give Black Panther a Rotten Audience Score on Rotten Tomatoes” that currently has 3.7K participants and an additional 1.8K people who are interested in the event. According to the group’s description of the event, the reason that they want to do this is to get back at Disney for “rigging” positive scores for Star Wars: The Last Jedi and previous MCU films, as well as “falsifying bad press” against the DCEU films on Rotten Tomatoes.
Nerd wars! Nerd wars breaking out ALLLLLLLL over the internet! DC fanboys, some of the most delusional people on earth, are planning to plummet Black Panther’s Rotten Tomatoes score the second they’re able to as a way of “getting back” at Disney/Marvel Studios. They bring up the success of the ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ review rigging done by disgruntled fans who didn’t like the choices Rian Johnson made, the “corporate manipulations which created falsified bad press for the DCEU” that Disney apparently did, and announce their plan to do this for all Marvel movies and Netflix shows from here on out, all in a Facebook group entitled: “Give Black Panther a Rotten Audience Score on Rotten Tomatoes”. A lot of them are doing this because of a conspiracy theory explaining why DC’s recent movies have performed horribly with critics. They think Disney paid critics off to speak badly about ‘Man of Steel’, ‘Batman v Superman’, ‘Suicide Squad’, and ‘Justice League’ for the benefit of Marvel movies, which they pay critics to shill for. I don’t believe there’s any truth behind this whatsoever because I don’t think Disney is even slightly worried about DC. They figured out how to perfect a shared superhero universe many years ago that has no signs of slowing down in box office revenue OR film quality. In reality, those movies I named are pretty flawed and deserve lower ratings than Marvel movies, which are almost all objectively great. DC’s scores probably don’t deserve to be low as they dip, but Rotten Tomatoes is a faulty system that many don’t even understand and it’s the cool thing to hate on everything about those movies because that’s what everyone else is doing, so whatever.
I actually enjoy all of DC’s flicks, and most recently stated that reviewers had a big dump in their pants with ‘Justice League’, but there’s no way that traces back to Mickey Mouse. Even the ones I love have their faults. They’re hard to follow, they have really bad forgettable CGI villains, they’re dark and grim, they lack self awareness…I mean, they’re improving upon all of that little by little as they progress, but they’re just grasping onto the “mediocre” title when I take my rose-tinted geek glasses off. The franchise is a mess. Trying to make the little popcorn bucket on Black Panther’s Rotten Tomatoes page tip over because you can’t accept that is about as petty, childish, and gotten-to as it gets. It’s not like it’ll affect the amount of money this movie makes either, because this thing might fuck around and make a billion worldwide. Nobody’s even slightly prepared for how massive it’s going to be as a cultural phenomenon, and there’s nothing butthurt geeks can do to stop that.
Now if you’ll excuse me I’m gonna use this topic as an excuse to solve all of DC’s problems because I really want to see them succeed…
If I were head of DC, I’d openly come out and address the universe as a failure, then announce a reboot for maybe 2020-2022. Make it somewhere far enough in the future for the public to forget, and say that all movies other than ‘Wonder Woman’ were now non-canon. Build the universe around it’s strongest pillar, Gal Gadot, then recast Batman and Superman. Aquaman, Flash, and Cyborg’s actors could stay or go if they want, but nothing they did in ‘Justice League’ holds any weight and they have to start over just like 2/3rds of the Trinity. Actually take your time with world-building and establish multiple great solo films before banding the team together. I’m not the head of DC though, I’m just a comic nerd with a dream. A dream to one day get a representation of my favorite characters to the quality that Marvel gives theirs. Is that too much to ask?