Even though it made a ton of money at the box office during its theatrical run, ‘Suicide Squad’ was largely panned by critics and is generally considered to not be a great film upon most viewer’s re-watching of the movie. As DC Comics works to figure out the “winning formula” for its feature films, ‘Suicide Squad’ likely will not garner a sequel and may well go down as a forgettable footnote in the annals of the DC Extended Universe.
The film’s director, David Ayer, has never really shied away from chatting with fans about the film, and he recently took to Twitter to post a lengthy response to a fan’s (positive) comment. His diatribe turned into an apology, of sorts, along with some details on how he would have shot the movie differently, given the opportunity. Check out what he said after the fan thanked him for making the film:
“Thank you so much. I know it’s a controversial film, I really tried to make something different, with a look and a voice of 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 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.)”
The ‘Suicide Squad’ Theatrical Edition and Extended Cut are currently out on DVD/Blu-Ray and digital media.
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