For a director’s cut of a film that originally released in 2017, Zack Snyder’s Justice League is doing remarkably well. That, unfortunately, has encouraged some of the director’s stalwarts to take it upon themselves to demand more Snyder superhero flicks in some outrageous ways. Some hardcore fans of Snyder’s work are now attempting to sabotage Godzilla vs. Kong, the other blockbuster set for release this month. This is why we can’t have nice things, folks.
According to MovieWeb, Snyder fans are review bombing Godzilla vs. Kong on IMDb. The petty outrage comes after Warner Bros. announced that it was not interested in continuing with Zack Snyder’s vision for the DC Extended Universe.
Here are some of the IMDb reviews for Godzilla vs. Kong:
On the other hand, some of the Godzilla vs. Kong reviews do not explicitly say “Restore the Snyderverse,” but if you read them and then glance at the score, you will strongly suspect pettiness on the reviewer’s part. They are not fooling anyone, and they are not nearly as subtle or as clever as they probably think they are. Here are a few gems for context:
As you can tell, the Godzilla vs. Kong reviews here don’t match the 1-star ratings the reviewers slapped on to them. It is annoying to see people actively campaigning against another movie’s success just because they are not getting what they want. Honestly, the Snyder Cut may have an incredible story around its existence, but that does not take away from the fact that this was a horrible way to build a brand. We are beginning to see exactly why this was a bad move. Give these people what they want and they think they are entitled to more. It’s disheartening, and it speaks to the power and prevalence of toxic fandoms in today’s pop culture landscape.
Despite the review bombing, though, it appears that Godzilla vs. Kong is still a monstrous success for Warner Bros. The film has already hit foreign markets, pulling in over $120 million on its opening weekend and proving itself as a money-making monster. It released overseas on March 24 and is still doing remarkably well almost a week later. Whether or not that monster continues to have legs at the box office remains to be seen, but from the looks of things so far, the numbers are great and definitely lean in the blockbuster’s favor.
With the COVID pandemic still ravaging markets and forcing studios to make difficult decisions about what they should release when, the numbers Godzilla vs. Kong is generating at the box office are incredibly encouraging and may spark talk of another MonsterVerse movie. That is unlikely for a pretty solid reason: Warner Bros. does not currently have any future MonsterVerse installments in active development, but that does not mean the higher-ups there can’t change their minds somewhere down the line.
Godzilla vs. Kong will hit HBO Max and theaters simultaneously in the United States on Wednesday, March 31. Stay off the internet as much as you can and be wary of spoilers, because they are already everywhere.