Well, it's been a heckuva day for comic geeks on the internet - after months and months of anticipation, the review embargo for Suicide Squad was lifted and....it was not pretty. As in, "mid-30% on Rotten Tomatoes" not pretty. As in, "Jared Leto's Joker is barely in the film and also sucks" not pretty. As in, "AN ABSOLUTE NIGHTMARE SCENARIO FOR DC FILM FANS WHO HAD PINNED ALL OF THEIR HOPES ON THIS" not pretty.
It's the last point that's been reverberating through the internet since the reviews came out - the primary hub of DC film discussion-slash-blind optimism on the internet, r/DC_Cinematic has been in mild meltdown mode all day (although not really as bad as things were in March with Batman v. Superman) combined with a general sense of malaise that the first three films in the DC cinematic universe have all been met with critical disdain. Suicide Squad seemed like the film that would buck the trend - where Man of Steel and BvS were overly grim and humorless, Suicide Squad seemed fun and irreverent and, well, NOT directed by Zack Snyder.
And - just like with the backlash over Batman v. Superman - many are pointing fingers at critics (for being overly biased, Marvel fanboys, paid off by Marvel, or some combination thereof)...and even at RottenTomatoes (which is simply an aggregator of reviews). And while RottenTomatoes certainly has its share of issues (the binary "Fresh or Rotten" style doesn't leave much room for nuance or mixed opinions), a vocal subsection of DC fans have formally declared war with a Change.org petition to remove the site from the internet altogether.
But there's weird wrinkle to this seemingly straightforward tale of an overly defensive fandom - recent updates seem self-aware and tongue-in-cheek enough that the creator may have created the petition as a joke or trolling attempt to draw out people who might actually take it seriously. The problem is that IT WORKED A LITTLE TOO WELL, garnering thousands of signatures and supportive comments in only a few hours:
Not to say that this represents all of the comments or even all DC film fans - many, many people have pointed out that Rotten Tomatoes is actually owned by Warner Bros. (aka the same company that produced Suicide Squad, and would therefore have a vested financial interest in the movie appearing to receive more positive notices).
Let this serve as a reminder that you're still allowed to enjoy a movie, even if most critics and even the general populace doesn't like it. You don't have to get this invested in reviews! You don't have to try to ban websites! You don't have to...promise to eat Lego Batman?