Just under a month before Black Panther hits theaters, angry DC Extended Universe fans are turning their sights on the film with hopes of destroying its Rotten Tomatoes score and spoiling fans.
Although many are excited for the film — driving Fandango pre-sales higher than ever any superhero flick before it — some are frustrated at the forthcoming release. DC fans are notorious for voicing their anger, starting multiple petitions since the inception of the DC Extended Universe. They’ve even gone as far as to suggest there’s a bias in favor of Marvel films, and they’ve tied to get Rotten Tomatoes — which Warner Bros. has a stake in — shut down because of the low ratings on most of DC’s films. Now, they’ve created a Facebook event titled “Give Black Panther a Rotten Audience Score on Rotten Tomatoes” with the hopes of ruining the film’s audience rating on RottenTomatoes, as well as purposely spoiling the film for Marvel fans.
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— Marvelous Realm (@MarvelousRealm) February 1, 2018
The “event” is set to kick off on February 15th, Black Panther‘s preview night, and will run through the 24th. According to their statement, this campaign is meant to serve as a take down of Black Panther as retaliation against Disney for reportedly “paying off the critics that hurt DC Comics on film.” This doesn’t look to be the group’s main thrust, though, as they also suggested they’ll be doing this with Avengers: Infinity War, set to hit theaters this May, as well as Marvel’s Netflix shows. The group has also seemingly taken responsibility for the low audience rating on Star Wars: The Last Jedi, another Disney release.
DC fans are not the first to attempt this sort of take down campaign. Star Wars fans took a similar approach to try and “preserve the expanded universe” prior to the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Marvel’s Black Panther had its world premiere earlier this week and, while the review embargo is still active, fans and critics took to social media to express their excitement over the movie. Many hailed it as Marvel’s best film to date, while others were quick to note the film’s importance. Like Wonder Woman, the Chadwick Boseman-led Black Panther marks a major milestone for superhero films, as they’ve typically focused on white male heroes so far.
Directed by Ryan Coogler from a script he wrote with Joe Robert Cole, Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa, Michael B. Jordan as Erik Killmonger, Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia, Daniel Kaluuya as W’Kabi, Letitia Wright as Shuri, Danai Gurira as Okoye, Angela Bassett as Ramonda, Martin Freeman as Everett K. Ross, Andy Serkis as Ulysses Klaue, Winston Duke as M’Baku and Forest Whitaker as Zuri. The film opens Feb. 16.