Thursday, April 18, 2024

“Justice League” Scores Lowly 37 with Critics: Will Batman, Wonder Woman, Superman Be Hurt by Terrible Reviews?


The critics and bloggers have spoken. All together, they’ve given “Justice League” a lowly 37 on Rotten Tomatoes.

It could be worse.

The first installment of what Warner Bros and DC Comics hoped would be a Marvel-like series, “Batman vs. Superman” — reviled by fans and critics– scored an even worse¬† 27%. Nevertheless, it went on to have a $166 million opening weekend.

The second installment, “Suicide Squad,” had a 26% score and a $133 million open.

So who knows? Maybe the groundswell of new Wonder Woman fans will pull this one along.

This weekend will also see which of the second-level competitors “Daddy’s Home 2” and “Murder on the Orient Express” will survive. So far, “Orient Express” looks like it’s pulling ahead. And a new release, “Wonder,” with Julia Roberts– which sounds like a reboot of Peter Bogdanovich’s classic, “Mask” — may be a sleeper hit. We can only…wonder…

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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