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David Ayer Talks ‘Suicide Squad’ Flaws and Regrets to Fan

Suicide Squad, Warner Bros.

The troubles with Suicide Squad are something that have been talked about at great length. The film is far from perfect, but there is not one big thing that made it hated by a lot of the fans. You can cite the multiple cuts of the film, misleading trailers, and over-the-top acting as just a few of these culprits.

a fan recently asked Suicide Squad director David Ayer via Twitter about the film, saying that it was a masterpiece and not to hear anyone say otherwise. In a big surprise, Ayer answered the fan back, not only talking about the film and its flaws, but mentioned a few regrets along the way. Ayer addressed the fan and critical reception of the film, which is something rarely done. Check out the full response below:

Suicide Squad, Warner Bros.
Are you ready for the ‘Suicide Squad’? Image: Warner Bros.

“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.)”

Suicide Squad was really not a great film, but did have its moments. There is no telling what pressures Ayer went through while making this film, from the fans to the Warner Brother executives. As Ayer stated, Suicide Squad wasn’t a box office bomb, actually doing fairly well globally.

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Jared Leto is The Joker in ‘Suicide Squad’. Image: Warner Brothers.

The total take for Suicide Squad was $745.6 million worldwide, while being made for $175 million. Not a bad day at the office at all.

Brad Repka
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