The movie sits at 97 percent, higher than DC and Marvel’s superhero movies.
Wonder Woman is currently Warner Bros.’ best-reviewed superhero movie since 2008’s The Dark Knight. And if its early critical reception holds as more reviews are published and the movie hits theaters this week, the film has the chance of surpassing The Dark Knightaltogether.
On Rotten Tomatoes, Wonder Woman has a 97 percent rating as of Tuesday afternoon — a hugely positive number that easily surpasses Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’s 28 percent, Suicide Squad’s 25 percent, and Man of Steel’s 55 percent. It also beats out Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight, which sits at 94 percent, as well as every film in the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Of the 66 professional reviews of Wonder Woman that have been aggregated by the site so far, 64 are positive and two are negative. In contrast, all of the other recent movies in DC’s extended cinematic universe have many more negative reviews than positive ones.
To be clear, a 97 percent Rotten Tomatoes rating doesn’t mean that critics scored the movie at 97 on a scale of 1 to 100, or that Wonder Woman is a perfect movie — rather, it signifies that an overwhelming majority of critics have given the movie a positive review. The average critical rating for the movie is around a 7.7 out of 10 according to Rotten Tomatoes, and a 79 according to Metacritic, both of which take into account any actual score, like a star rating or a letter grade, that a critic gave the movie
These numbers matter to both fans and Hollywood insiders because there’s unbelievable pressure on Wonder Woman to be good, given that it is the first solo female superhero movie in DC’s current extended universe. It’s an unfortunate reality that in the past, poorly received female superhero movies like Catwoman and Elektra have been cited as a reason not to create superhero movies that star women characters. Some people are justifiably worried that a bad Wonder Woman movie could be used as an excuse to ax future female superhero films.
Meanwhile, many people believe that Wonder Woman being good could help convince studio executives to take more chances, target wider audiences beyond the men at whom superhero movies are usually aimed, and put more effort into diversifying the movies they create. Further, good reviews can only help at the box office, and a large box office take will encourage Warner Bros. to at the very least make a Wonder Woman sequel.