Earlier this week, it was reported that Warner Bros. was holding the release of the Justice League Rotten Tomatoes aggregate score until the day of its release. This didn’t bode well for the movie, possibly foreshadowing negative reviews, but the move didn’t quite work out as intended. The score leaked ahead of time, and it is just as bad as expected.
Fast Company first spotted Justice League’s score on the Flixster app: It is a paltry 48-percent, certified rotten. The score accidentally leaked ahead of embargo, revealing Justice League is not being warmly embraced by critics. Eventually the error was fixed, but the damage is done and the sad score is already making the rounds.
The aggregate score that takes into account over one hundred critic reviews lines up with our expectations of the movie. Justice League director Zack Snyder delivered two mixed bags with Man of Steel and Batman v Superman; why would Justice League be any different?
Credit is due where credit is deserved. Justice League’s Rotten Tomatoes’ score is higher than Batman v Superman (27-percent) and Suicide Squad (26-percent). The score can still change as more reviews are taken into account, but it’s highly unlike it will experience a change of 44 points to match Wonder Woman’s sterling score of 92-percent.
Nevertheless, it is still disappointing that Justice League couldn’t quite carry the momentum Wonder Woman set for DC movies earlier this year. This just throws the future of DC movies further into question. But there is a silver lining.
Justice League was made in the same mold as Man of Steel, Suicide Squad and Batman v. Superman, with Zack Snyder overseeing those projects. He did have some say in Wonder Woman, helping out with the story, but that was a Patty Jenkins movie. Snyder has since stepped down from his creative role in DC movies, and future movies will likely take on a new identity more in tune with Wonder Woman’s winning formula. At least that’s what we hope for.
All eyes will now turn to see how Justice League performs at the box office.