After unleashing a trifecta of panned movies, post-The Dark Knight Returns, DC has finally managed to win over critics with their latest release, Wonder Woman. The movie is currently sitting pretty with a 97 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes at the time of writing this article. Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara, who has been content with his company's movies making money despite their poor reviews, will be happy to hear that the #DCEU is finally getting some love.
Directed by Patty Jenkins, #WonderWoman currently has the highest rating for a comic book film — higher than that of the likes of The Dark Knight (94 percent), Guardians of the Galaxy (91 percent), Logan (92 percent), and soaring far above those of #DC’s three previous efforts: Man of Steel (55 percent), Suicide Squad (25 percent), and Batman v Superman (28 percent). Though Rotten Tomatoes isn’t a foolproof barometer for gauging whether one movie is superior to another, there is a lot that can be deduced about the gulf-in-class between a movie with thumbs-ups from 97 percent of reviewers and that with an approval of less than 60 percent.
It’s been a shaky four years for Warner Bros., whose efforts to gain a foothold in the superhero movie gold rush have been plagued with delayed releases, director hemorrhaging, and lower-than-anticipated box-office returns. But the Bane of DC's existence has been the negative reviews directed at their titles. The terms “grim,” “self-serious,” and “humorless” have featured the most in the anti-DC polemics. DC just couldn't seem to catch a break, so much so that disgruntled fans floated a conspiracy theory that film journalists were biased towards Marvel, and even called for Rotten Tomatoes to be shut down.
However, with Wonder Woman, there appears to be a cessation of hostilities. The movie has largely been praised for its seamless juxtaposition of humor with heart-racing action — a rarity in the DCEU. It appears Warner Bros. has listened to its audiences, and used suggestions of making their movies a little less emotional and lighthearted to craft a winning, crowd-pleasing formula. All eyes are now on November’s Justice League, helmed by Zack Snyder, a director who has consistently polarized audiences and critics.
Do you think the DCEU has finally gotten its act together?