Well, the reviews are in. Apologies if you were attempting to avoid them before seeing ‘Suicide Squad’ this weekend, but let me tell you, they are not very good. While many are claiming that more “fan based” websites seem to be reacting more favorably to the film, the fact of the matter is that the film is doing very poorly with critics, and even a lot of fans who have seen the movie are not overly impressed, although some praise is being thrown to the actors, who seem to have done a good job despite a middling plot and lackluster screenplay. Funny thing is, people had similar things to say about ‘Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice,’ claiming the actors (especially Ben Affleck) were the highlight of the movie, with it being dragged down by everything else, which makes me wonder if Warner Bros/DC needs to focus more of the scripts and production side of things, and less on getting big name actors to star in their movies (a lesson Marvel knew from the very beginning…)
However, ‘Suicide Squad’ director David Ayer is not taking the news lightly, having recently released the following tweet:
Prefiero morir de pie que vivir de rodillas – Emiliano Zapata
— David Ayer (@DavidAyerMovies) August 2, 2016
For those not fluent in Spanish or in Mexican history, the quote is attributed to Emiliano Zapata and means “I’d prefer to die standing than to live on my knees.” Which is basically Ayer saying he will stand behind his movie despite any and all criticisms. As for whether or not he would be ready to make a sequel, he has already stated his thoughts on that matter as well:
“Look, anything’s possible. Right now I have to see if the movie connects with the fans. Who knows? You never know. I made it for the fans, and am a fan myself. But before I put my head back on the chopping block, there are some questions to settle.”
The real question is, with ‘Suicide Squad’ tanking with critics, would they even want him back for a sequel, even if the film has a big opening weekend? Where does the fault lie for yet another disappointing DCEU film? Is it the directors, or the people at the studio? Share your own thoughts on the matter in the comments below!
Nick is a freelance writer based in Los Angeles, who belongs to the privileged few who enjoyed the ending to ‘Lost.’ For more of Nick’s thoughts and articles, follow him on Twitter.