David Ayer shares his thoughts on the mixed reception to Suicide Squad

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Despite being a big success, Suicide Squad has taken a lot of crap from critics and a group of comic book fans. Some of that criticism is fair, but there are many of us who actually enjoyed the movie and what it brought to the DC Extended Universe.

Twitter fan @PensFanboy wrote this message to director David Ayer So thankful for suicide squad @DavidAyerMovies exactly the way it is. It’s a masterpiece, don’t let anyone tell you otherwise! and Ayer was kind enough to reply, while sharing his own thoughts on the whole thing:

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 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.)

There’s no denying there were issues with Suicide Squad. Tonally, at least for the first half, the movie is uneven, probably in response to the whole negative reaction to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but whenever it finds its feet it turns into an enjoyable and moving story that finds the heart in a bunch of not so good people. A more grounded story might have worked out best with those characters, but let’s be honest, as I wrote in a previous editorial, right now any DCEU movie is going to receive crap no matter what.

Ayer is showing he is a humble filmmaker, and he has already shown he’s got great talent for story and characters in previous movies, and I’m very much looking forward to see him return to the DCEU with Gotham City Sirens. Hopefully this time he will be free to make his own film on his own terms.