So Suicide Squad was pretty divisive, right? It was critically shredded though commercially successful, and while that’s not a new story in Hollywood, there was quite the bitter backlash by fans to critics, including a petition to shut down Rotten Tomatoes. While 100 per cent of the people will never agree on 100 per cent of everything, it might be fair to say that whether you loved Suicide Squad or hated it, the movie had some problems. You know who agrees with that? David Ayer, the writer and director of the film. In a recent social media post, Ayer confessed that his movie has issues, and he promised to do better next time (?).
To establish the scene, it was on Ayer’s Twitter feed where a fan offered some tremendous praise for Suicide Squad calling it a “masterpiece.” Maybe it was because it’s a new year, or maybe it was because the movie wasn’t being shredded for the millionth time, but Ayer decided to reach out to all fans to react to the reaction of his very divisive film.
“Thank you so much. I know it’s a controversial film, I really tried to make something different, with a look and voice all its own.
I took inspiration from the insanity of the original comics. Making a movie is a journey, not a straight line. I learned so much. People want what they want, and everyone has a personal vision of how each character should look and walk and talk. If you set out to make a mass appeal movie, it’s easy to end up with vanilla. But I went for it. And I know Suicide Squad has its flaws. Hell, the world knows it. Nothing hurts more than to pick up a newspaper and see a couple years of your blood, sweat and tears ripped to shreds. The hate game is strong out there.
The movie was wildly successful commercially. And the world got introduced into some very cool characters in the DC Universe. And that success is due exactly to the wonder and power of DC, of its characters. Would I do a lot of things different. Yep, for sure.
Wish I had a time machine. I’d make Joker the main villain and engineer a more grounded story. I have to take the good and bad and learn from it. I love making movies and I love DC. I’m a high school dropout and used to paint houses for a living. I’m lucky to have the job I have. I have to give the characters the stories and plots they deserve next time. Real talk. (And no, there isn’t a secret edit of the film with a bunch of Joker scenes hidden in a salt mine somewhere.)”
Well, good to know about the Joker scenes, because there was one guy that felt especially ripped off by the lack of Joker in the film. Still, there’s a very important point in there that we all fail to keep in mind: no one sets out to make a bad movie. Suicide Squad had many issues, but it also had many masters, and more than likely it suffered because of Warners/DC’s outright reactionism to the disappointment over Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Without that pressure, who knows if a good version of Ayer’s Squad might have been possible, but the director’s belief that a more grounded Squad with Jared Leto’s Joker as the main villain definitely sounds like the way they should have gone.
As for this next time Ayer is talking about, could he be referring to Gotham City Sirens? I guess we’ll see…