In early 2016, critics savaged Warner Brothers’ Batman vs Superman, with Mashable giving one of the bluntest critiques: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice sucks. A lot. Fast-forward almost two years later and the same website declares, “maybe the problem with ‘Justice League‘ is that it’s not enough like ‘Batman v Superman.'”
LOL, yeah, I know, right?
But while critical responses to those two films are all over the map, neither appear to be cash-strapped. Bats vs. Supes managed to gross $870 million worldwide despite the venom from pretentious movie critics being spewed at it during it’s entire run. Justice League, facing a similar critical lashing, just wrapped up a $281 million opening weekend. So why the disparity between critics and box-office? Fans.
As comicbook.com points out this morning, audiences appear to love Justice League despite critics. The superhero team up film has the same Rotten Tomatoes audience average rating as Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok. They also mention that when it comes to viewer ratings, Justice League has more users rating the film — over 25, 000 more viewers to be exact. For Justice League to be maintaining such a high audience score even across a larger pool of respondents, audiences would have to be finding more to love about the DCEU film than critics did.