After film critics started mauling the superhero film Suicide Squad, a small faction of DC Universe’s fandom posted a petition on change.org to shut down review aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes.
The petition went viral, but it didn’t go over well. Its founder soon announced that he was taking it down. Fan Abdullah Coldwater of Alexandria, Egypt, said he really didn’t think he could shut down a popular site like Rotten Tomatoes. He just wanted to “deliver a message to the critics that … a lot of people disagree with their reviews.”
Despite social media’s ridicule, Coldwater made his point about the “disconnect between critics and audiences.” As Suicide Squad‘s opening weekend drew to a close, the movie had a Rotten Tomatoes critics rating of 29 percent, an audience score of 73 percent, and had grossed about $135 million in the U.S. and over $267 million worldwide.
Suicide Squad stars an ensemble cast of Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman, Viola Davis, Jai Courtney, Jay Hernandez, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Ike Barinholtz, Scott Eastwood and Cara Delevingne. Cast members received an enthusiastic reception at 2016 San Diego Comic-Con in July.
Based on the same premise as the 1967 American war film The Dirty Dozen, Suicide Squad is about a team of dangerous criminals, put together as disposable assets in U.S. government missions.
Suicide Squad director and writer David Ayer tweeted, ” … I love the movie and believe in it. Made it for the fans …”