Damn all those Marvelites and their cunning plan to ruin the glowing legacy of DC’s movies!
Of course, the truth of the matter is that all of those films were pretty bad to varying degrees. You don’t need to be a critic or have taken a course on film study at college to know there were problems with them. That isn’t to say they’re all bad. Dark Knight Rises has loyal fans and offered a fairly decent conclusion to the Dark Knight trilogy, and it looks pretty good too. That Swamp Thing sequel has some fans too, and I’m one of them. They all have fans, somewhere. Even Superman IV.
Amazingly, those aren’t the only comic book films which have received some flak from critics and fans in the past though. Tank Girl, Judge Dredd, Mystery Men, Scott Pilgrim, Hellboy, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, V for Vendetta… the list seems endless. And… wait… what’s this? Howard the Duck? Daredevil? X-Men: The Last Stand? Elektra? Fant4stic? Hulk? The Punisher? What are these Marvel titles doing here?
Oh, wait, those weren’t a part of the MCU, and many of them were with other studios. That explains their bad reviews.
Although it’s a little harder to explain why Age of Ultron wasn’t as well received as people think. What’s the RT rating of it? About 75%? Hmm. Thor: The Dark Worldsits at about 66%. That may be far above DC’s more recent film offerings, but it’s hardly brilliant. And that score is a pretty fair one, since it really isn’t that great a movie. It’s only the chemistry between Tom Hiddleston and Chris Hemsworth and some action eye-candy which pull it through. Well, that and Kat Dennings being funny. And Stellan Skarsgard running around Stonehenge in the nude.