The biggest topic of discussion in the nerdverse this week was the release of the latest film in DC's expanded cinematic universe, Suicide Squad.
- On Tuesday, reviews began appearing online, and the consensus was overwhelmingly negative. Personally, I thought the movie was at least better than this year's dreary Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, but that's a very low bar to clear.
- In response, a series of angry fans started a petition to "Shutdown [sic] Rotten Tomatoes.". The author of the petition has since renamed it to the less irate "Don't listen to film criticism", but when supposed "fan entitlement" is the subject of much controversy, it's a reminder of what that entitlement really looks like.
- There's no question that much of the buzz for Suicide Squad came from the big-screen debut of the hugely popular Harley Quinn, played by Margot Robbie. Not everyone was happy with the portrayal, as reflected in an AV Club piece critiquing the film's Harley, not to mention Robbie's other roles, as a misuse of the actress' talent:
In an ideal world, Harley Quinn should have been different, and yet Suicide Squad just reinforced the fact that men want to possess Robbie rather than celebrate her. The camera crassly lingers over the way her butt hangs out of her booty shorts—blithely ignoring how she must get terrible wedgies—and the script refuses to give her any motivation outside wanting to reunite with the Joker (Jared Leto), her psychotic, manipulative boyfriend, who electrocutes her and makes her jump into a vat of acid to prove her love.
For all this controversy, Suicide Squad is certain to achieve a massive box office gross, which means we'll probably be talking about it for a looooong time to come.