"Black Panther" is under siege.
A group of DC fans have banded together on Facebook with plans to sabotage the upcoming Marvel blockbuster's audience score on Rotten Tomatoes.
The event, which has nearly 2,000 people signed up, is in response to what the creators claim was Disney planting bad reviews of or paying critics for negative press for DCEU films.
A statement from the "Give Black Panther a Rotten Audience Score on Rotten Tomatoes" Facebook event:
"Given the massive success of the audience review rigging on the Rotten Tomatoes site for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and due to the sudden rise in those disgruntled with Disney business practices among other factors especially due to the corporate manipulations which created falsified bad press for the DCEU, I feel that it’s time to strike back at all those under Disney and bring down the house of mouse’s actions for paying off the critics that hurt DC Comics on film and for other parties affected by them."
A similar tactic was put in play against "Star Wars: The Last Jedi," when the critical score was significantly higher than the audience score. That leads many to put in question the validity of the audience scores.
But even after the smoke has cleared from the fanboys online onslaught, "Black Panther's" true worth will come from ticket sales and the bottom line.
Fandango reported earlier this week that advance ticket sales for “Black Panther” — which has a reported budget of $150 million — are soaring above every other superhero movie at the equivalent stage. It is slated to have an explosive opening weekend in the $130-$150 million range.
Black Panther opens in theaters on February 16th.