Make no mistake, the DC Extended Universe isn’t necessarily off to the greatest start. Man of Steel was divisive, and both Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad were critically panned. On the bright side of it all, the last two films made a decent chunk of change for Warner Bros., and despite all their flaws, there are some really great aspects of both films. Perhaps it’s in that light that many fans are so frustrated. In seeing glimpses of greatness in these films, it makes their quality all the more frustrating (cue all the comments telling us these movies had NO glimpses of greatness).
Suicide Squad was a particularly interesting beast. This was a film that was cut together on the heels of the release of Batman v Superman. As we all recall, the big criticism from that flick was that the tone was too dark (there were a lot of other criticisms, but that certainly seemed to be the big takeaway from Warner Bros.). From there, we had reports of several cuts being thrown around, some closer to director David Ayer’s original vision, and some going the more “mainstream” route, which included all the pop songs.
Of course, none of this has been one hundred percent confirmed, and that’s the problem with a lot of these stories: they’re rarely actually acknowledged by those involved. Like any industry, Hollywood is one where you don’t burn bridges. It’s another reason why we’ll likely never get an official confirmation of just how involved director Gareth Edwards was in the extensive reshoots of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
Yet occasionally, we do get glimpses of honesty from filmmakers. Such is the case with David Ayer. In response to a fan’s praise of Suicide Squad on Twitter, Ayer took the time to write up a great response — one that acknowledges the aspects the fan liked, but also went on to acknowledge the film’s flaws.
“The movie was wildly successful commercially. And the World [sic] got introduced into [sic] 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 [sic] 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.)”
So in that extensive writeup, Ayer says many things, but the main takeaway here was his willingness to acknowledge the film’s mistakes. Additionally, it’s interesting to hear what he’d do differently if given the opportunity once again: namely, make the Joker the main villain and make the story more grounded (no more dancing witches or pillars of light here). It’s what a lot of people have said they wanted, and it would have been great to see that version of the movie.
For better or worse, Ayer is on board to direct Gotham City Sirens, which will follow Harley Quinn, among others. Let’s hope that Ayer will be able to take the lessons learned from Suicide Squad and make Gotham City Sirens something really great.
For a complete look at Ayer’s comments, have a glance at the tweet below!
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SOURCE: David Ayer