Wonder Woman 1984 is currently making the rounds after its Christmas Day premiere on HBO Max and in select theaters worldwide. As more of the world's populous takes in director Patty Jenkins' second solo effort in the DC Extended Universe, more of those viewers are sharing their thoughts on what went right and what went wrong.
The film started off before its release as one of the highest rated films in the DC Extended Universe compared to its predecessors, but that number has steadily decreased almost every day over the past couple of weeks. Not only have the numbers steadily gone down, Rotten Tomatoes even adjusted its consensus statement after the film's release, which rarely ever happens. For a movie that started off at an astounding 93% on the website, the fact that the numbers have dropped so much that the movie lost it's "fresh" status is somewhat alarming.
That trend is continuing according to recent news, which could be troublesome for the latest DCEU release...
In the latest release from Rotten Tomatoes, Wonder Woman 1984 has fallen below a 60% rating.
The film sits at a 59% critic approval rating, with 154 "Rotten" reviews from the total review count of 378.
This means the DCEU sequel is in the "rotten" territory, according to Rotten Tomatoes' rating system.
WHAT THIS MEANS
The DCEU's Rotten Tomatoes ratings are widely varied through the nine movies released so far, although Wonder Woman 1984 is undoubtedly heading down the wrong path at the moment. It's predecessor, 2017's Wonder Woman, currently holds the highest rating of the bunch at 93% while the lowest is 2016's Suicide Squad at 26%.
Even though Wonder Woman 1984 falls right in the middle of the DCEU ratings, the fact that the score has gone down by over 30% in the past month shows that critics are increasingly pessimistic about Jenkins' sequel. The movie isn't necessarily seen as a failure when pitting it against the rest of the DCEU's movies, but it hasn't seemed to live up to its predecessor according to most reviews.
With this rating, over half of the DCEU's releases now hold a "rotten" rating on Rotten Tomatoes, adding another reason for concern going forward. Even though the DCEU has some highly anticipated releases like James Gunn's The Suicide Squad and Matt Reeves' The Batman, these results will keep the franchise under a microscope for even the slightest mistakes over the coming years.
Whether this rating will continue to fall over the coming weeks is still a mystery, but it's clear that Wonder Woman 1984 isn't hitting as strongly with the public as originally expected. The movie is now available to stream on HBO Max.