Potential moviegoers will have to wait a little longer to find out the critical consensus on “Justice League.”
While studios typically lift review embargoes a week or more before a film opens, Warner Bros. is embargoing reviews for the DC movie until 2:50 a.m. Wednesday morning, just one day before it’s set to open Thursday evening.
On top of that, critic aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes is delaying its reveal of the film’s aggregate critic score until 12:01 a.m. Thursday to coincide with the unveiling of their new Facebook show “See It/Skip it.” Still, the move draws attention considering “Justice League’s” studio, Warner Bros., owns a minority stake in Fandango, Rotten Tomatoes’ parent company.
While the DC Comics universe scored big this summer with Patty Jenkin’s “Wonder Woman,” starring Gal Gadot, earning a 92% from critics on Rotten Tomatoes, the Warner Bros. superhero films have struggled in the past compared to blockbusters from its rival Marvel. Last year’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” which introduced Ben Affleck as Batman and Gadot as Wonder Woman, landed a 27% aggregate rating, while “Suicide Squad,” featuring cameo appearances from Affleck’s Batman and Ezra Miller’s the Flash, struggled even worse with a 26% rating.
However, a study released in September found that there is no positive or negative correlation between Rotten Tomatoes scores and box office numbers.
Directed by Zack Snyder, “Justice League” stars Affleck, Gadot, Miller, Henry Cavill as Superman, Ray Fisher as Cyborg, and Jason Momoa as Aquaman.