Hello darkness my old friend: ‘Justice League’ RT score embargoed until Thursday

'Justice League' film premiere, Arrivals, Los Angeles

Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice did not get good reviews. The reviews were terrible, so much so that critics seemed to get so much joy out of ripping it shreds. It was sort of glorious and petty. The Rotten Tomatoes score was pretty bad too, because of course it was – the RT score is just the aggregate of major reviews. People who “blame” Rotten Tomatoes for giving their film a “bad score” never seem to realize that the root of the problem is that their films are sh-tty and poorly reviewed and the RT score merely reflects that. Anyway, long story short, Warner Bros learned their lesson (narrator’s voice: they did not learn their lesson) from BVS because they’ve embargoed reviews of Justice League until today and they somehow persuaded RT to not publish a score until midnight tonight. Hahahaha.

Potential moviegoers will have to wait a little longer to find out the critical consensus on “Justice League.” While studios typically lift review embargoes a week or more before a film opens, Warner Bros. is embargoing reviews for the DC movie until 2:50 a.m. Wednesday morning, just one day before it’s set to open Thursday evening.

On top of that, critic aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes is delaying its reveal of the film’s aggregate critic score until 12:01 a.m. Thursday to coincide with the unveiling of their new Facebook show “See It/Skip it.” Still, the move draws attention considering “Justice League’s” studio, Warner Bros., owns a minority stake in Fandango, Rotten Tomatoes’ parent company.

While the DC Comics universe scored big this summer with Patty Jenkin’s “Wonder Woman,” starring Gal Gadot, earning a 92% from critics on Rotten Tomatoes, the Warner Bros. superhero films have struggled in the past compared to blockbusters from its rival Marvel. Last year’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” which introduced Ben Affleck as Batman and Gadot as Wonder Woman, landed a 27% aggregate rating, while “Suicide Squad,” featuring cameo appearances from Affleck’s Batman and Ezra Miller’s the Flash, struggled even worse with a 26% rating.

[From Variety]

“Warner Bros., owns a minority stake in Fandango, Rotten Tomatoes’ parent company.” Ah. Funny how that happened then. Again, RT is just the aggregate! They’re not creating bad reviews out of thin air, for the love of God. As for the reviews of Justice League, from what I’ve seen so far, the reviews aren’t overwhelmingly positive, nor are they BVS-bad. Critics think Justice League is sort of a mess. Vanity Fair calls it a “big, ugly mess” actually. Entertainment Weekly calls it “not as bad” as BVS, which is not a compliment! THR liked Gal Gadot but hates the Batfleck. You get the idea.

'Justice League' film premiere, Arrivals, Los Angeles

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  1. FORTYFOUR says:

    Eh. I’m kind of fatigued with the whole genre at this point.

    But “censoring” the RT score is BS and angers me

    • Ruth says:

      no is censoring the score, RT is delaying for the new show they have

    • hilariouso says:

      As long as they keep making $$$$$$$$, we’ll be seeing superhero movies up on the marquee till the next century. Not until filmgoing habits change will studios try something else. Only when revenue is at risk do they realize they need something new. Right now, it’s far from at risk.

  2. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    Omg these people! How they can insulate their industry bubble believing the rest of us don’t know of what we speak. Surely I can’t think a movie is bad and it actually BE bad. Pfft. We’re all simpletons who mindlessly meander into theaters open-mouthed and awestruck.

  3. Eliza says:

    The trailers still look like the movie is 8 months out and they’re working on post. The CGI is not clean or finished looking. No idea of plot, because we’re not allowed to know those anymore, all i know is a bunch of actors come together in lazy CGI dark land to fight something.

  4. Incredulous says:

    Who is going to use the Rotten Tomato score to decide to see the tentpole DC comic book movie or not?

  5. happyoften says:

    I love, love, love a good super hero movie. Thor: Rangorak made me happy in ways I didn’t think a movie could, anymore. This doesn’t seem like it is going to be one of those. This seems like a trainwreck of ginormous proportions, with occasional spots of mind numbing pretty. Jason M. As Aqua Man was inspired, Gal will make me smile, I am sure.

    Then there will be the rest of the movie. I almost feel bad for them having to follow Thor. That movie hit almost all the notes just right. This one won’t compare well.

    Not helping is the whiny ass titty baby playing my favorite super hero. Jerk.

  6. kNY says:

    Rotten Tomatoes scores have actually persuaded me into the theater for movies I would otherwise not pay to see – like The Avengers, for example. Movie studios are upset because not as many people are going to willingly consume garbage. They need to stop putting out garbage.

  7. Tito says:

    I will watch JL just because of Jason Momoa. I don’t care for the rest. I wasn’t impressed withwonder women at all. So im looking forward because of jason.

  8. Lindy says:

    Aside from Wonder Woman, I am just so totally bored with the Superhero genre. So bored.

  9. Mel M says:

    That video is perfection.

  10. Nicole says:

    LOL DC strikes out again. Honestly I don’t know anyone excited for this movie. I might see it just to see it but wow.
    But hey Gal will be in an even BETTER bargaining position if she’s the only good part of the movie.

    • Morgan says:

      The franchise just gets worse and worse. I saw Batfleck on Kimmel talking about how fun it was to shoot and how it was just a light, fun movie – good try, I’ve seen the trailer. DC is trying so hard to be Marvel.

    • V4Real says:

      I know 10 adult people excited for it. My co-workers and I already have our advanced reserved seating. Plus I know about 50 teens excited for it, these are the kids,I work with and they can’t wait to see it.

      The movie might be a bumbling mess but I don’t care, I just hope Gal is good. Plus my theater delivers alcohol to your seat. I don’t listen to critics. They have praised movies that I thought sucked such as “Get Out.” I thought that movie was bad and lacked something. The alternate ending was probably better but the director wanted to give the audience the satisfaction of a Black man finally coming out on the winning end.

  11. Jude says:

    Nice Arrested Development reference!

    Flixster had the RT score listed on the app this morning – it was at 48% rotten. My guess is that it’ll finish just bordering ‘rotten’ at around the 50s. I can’t say I’m surprised.

    The AP review suggests the ‘male gaze’ at work in the film, including an up-the-skirt shot of WW:

    “And never has it been so obvious that the character of Wonder Woman is now being presented through a man’s eyes. Snyder chooses on multiple occasions to let the shot linger on Gadot’s figure, whether panning up her legs unnecessarily to get to a normal scene of dialogue or making sure that the camera is there to capture the moment when her skirt flies up in an action sequence. It is, quite frankly, gross and a wildly disappointing departure from what Patty Jenkins was able to accomplish with the character earlier this year.”


    • Ankhel says:

      I KNEW it. Saw it coming. I won’t be seeing this film for that reason alone. Loved Wonder Woman though, apart from the most explodey part.

  12. jenna says:

    Why do the Affleck brothers still have careers??

  13. abby says:

    Eh a low RT doesn’t bother me. I mean, I’ll see a score and it perhaps warns me that a movie is crap. But sometimes I don’t mind watching mind-numbing crap just to relax. I have no expectations. It depends on the movie.
    I plan to see Thor this weekend.
    So far I haven’t been dazzled by DC. Wonder Woman was ok but I wasn’t crazy about it. I know they have a different tone and feel from Marvel as they should but after Nolan it’s hard to get into this new DC universe.
    I expect Marvel to have corny jokes and all that. They have their formula which can get boring – I have skipped a Marvel movie mow and then for a break and I wasn’t crazy about Civil War.
    but they have it.
    DC feels all over the place. It just feels like a chore. For me anyway

  14. Mina says:

    I saw it and really wanted to hate it, but I didn’t. It’s a fairly entertaining movie. Not great, the script is kind of cringey at times, the villain is super lame and the plot is a bad copy of Avengers but it’s good enough fun. They were smart enough to limit Batfleck’s involvement (he’s only really useful as Bruce Wayne, not as Batman), but you can tell which one are the Whedon’s reshoots because Ben Affleck’s face is SO CGId in them. I assume he looked like crap and had to be fixed in post production.

  15. Cali says:

    I’m going to see it but only for Gal and Jason. Boob-grabber Ben is a major turn off, but I still want to see Aquaman and Wonder Woman…

  16. Jo says:

    Thank you Kaiser. I needed the laugh today.
    “Hello darkness my old friend…”
    It never gets old 😂