The embargo date for Justice League reviews has been revealed, as fans await the first round of critical opinions on the DC Comics adaptation. Warner Bros and DC Entertainment are bound to keep an eye on the reviewers’ consensus, as well. After all, rumor has it that the Ezra-Miller-starring Flashpoint movie is on hold, while the relevant execs wait to see what everyone makes of Justice League.
Justice League seems to represent Warner Bros and DC’s continued attempt to correct the course of the DC cinematic universe. The studio mandated a short running time, following the common criticism that Batman v Superman was too long. Plus, Henry Cavill has said that the “right mistakes” were made by his first two DC movies, with Gal Gadot’s solo Wonder Woman film being “the first step in the right direction” for this shared universe. Ben Affleck has also hinted at some major changes, describing his character’s journey in Justice League as “the evolution of a new Batman.”
Will director Zack Snyder and his reshoots helmsman Joss Whedon succeed with this new, brighter vision of what a DC team-up movie can be? Will Justice League earn rave reviews? Fans and execs alike will find out when the embargo lifts at this exact date and time: Tuesday, 11/14 at 11:50 pm PST/ 2:50 am EST on Wednesday, 11/15.
If the Justice League reviews that emerge next Tuesday/Wednesday are resoundingly positive, this won’t be the first time that a DC movie has flourished with the critics. It’s worth remembering that Wonder Woman is currently Rotten Tomatoes’ highest-rated superhero movie, proving that it is possible for a stellar slice of cinema to come from this shared universe.
However, the divisive nature of Man of Steel, Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad will be something that everyone involved wants to avoid this time around. Presumably, to invest the sort of money that it takes to keep all of these interlinked DC franchises going, Warner Bros will want to see Justice League pleasing audiences, taking sizeable box office returns, and earning a nice big stack of glowing reviews. DC’s last multi-hero movie didn’t quite deliver on that.
Given the fact that Aquaman has finished filming already, it would be inaccurate to suggest that the DC film universe will immediately die a death if Justice League is savaged by the critics. Still, a groundswell of positivity would surely do a lot of good for the franchise and its future, while a round of negative press would probably have the opposite effect.
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