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– by David Kozlowski

Filmmaker David Ayer (Fury, Training Day) took a lot of heat over his writing and directing work in last year’s DC mashup Suicide Squad — a strange, clunky, antihero movie that made a boatload of money despite brutal reviews. Suicide Squad was also an incredibly expensive film ($175M budget), so it was fortunate that the film’s insane premise and star power were enough to bring in a solid global audience (Man of Steel and Batman v Superman were similarly expensive, polarizing, and profitable, too).

According to THR, Ayer was new to big-budget, blockbuster filmmaking; he was hired precisely because he was young, relatively inexperienced, and willing to swing for the fences. The downside of this opportunity was that Ayer only had about six weeks to write the Suicide Squad script, and then he jumped directly into production that was already branded with a release date.

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More than a year later, Ayer responded to a fan question on Twitter, regarding his Suicide Squad experience. Ayer doesn’t blink when recounting the film’s accomplishments or the role he played, although he doesn’t comment on the overall quality of his effort:

Ayer is a smart, cagey filmmaker. He clearly realizes that there’s nothing to be gained by bashing WB over the conditions underlying Suicide Squad‘s creation, and the film’s box office surely hasn’t harmed his career. Subsequent to Suicide Squad, Ayer has been busy; he’s attached to DC’s Gotham City Sirens (an all-female antihero film), he’s writing scripts for a Training Day TV series, and his epic sci-fi/fantasy Netflix movie, Bright, is about to debut on the streaming service. Not much to cry about there, right?

Ayer took an enormous risk jumping onto Suicide Squad, and it paid off big-time for him (and DC and WB too). Given the struggles of other young, up-and-coming filmmakers, like Josh Trank, it’s even more remarkable what Ayer has achieved, he’s a remarkably talented and pragmatic creator. I can’t wait to see how Bright turns out.

Where does Suicide Squad rank in your list of best or worst DC movies? Let us know in the comments down below!

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SOURCE: Twitter, Box Office Mojo , THR

  • axebox

    Ayer is a filmmaker I have a love/hate relationship. The scripts for Training Day and Harsh Times (as well as his direction of Harsh Times) were solid with great characters that drove their plots. Since those films he has disappointed time and time again. End of Watch had interesting execution but the script wasn’t very good, and the characters actually were at the service of the plot (not character driven). Fury was supposed to be character driven, but again the characters were in the service of the plot. I will say that the 2nd act had an interesting twist that made the characters focus on their morality, and I liked the aesthetic and attention to detail… but outside of that it’s a forgettable film.

    I figured what the outcome of Suicide Squad was going to be when it was announced Ayer would handle it. I don’t buy that he didn’t have enough time – even if that were the case why not have a character driven film? Ayer let us down with some horrible characters. So many moments had no logic or explanation… just lazy lazy lazy filmmaking.

    Ayer used to be one of my favorite filmmakers, but just like Blomkaumpf he has faded into mediocre territory.

  • SeanDon

    I mean, I regret it.

  • I regret watching it.

David Kozlowski is a writer, podcaster, and visual artist. A U.S. Army veteran, David worked 20 years in the videogame industry and is a graduate of Arizona State University’s Film and Media Studies.