It's been a confusing week for David Ayer and SUICIDE SQUAD. Upon its release, the film was almost-universally panned by critics, and even those who had positive things to say about the flick couldn't gloss over some of its glaring weaknesses. While it would be easy to mark this one off as another failure of the DC Extended Universe, to do so would be overly-reductive. At the end of the day, for many viewers, SUICIDE SQUAD was a great popcorn flick with a whole lot of fun to offer, which is something that couldn't have been said about any other DC flick to date up to this point.
Following the resounding box office success of the film (which took in $135+ million in its opening weekend, which is on the higher end of what it was tracking to make), director David Ayer took to Twitter to thank fans for their support of the film.
Here's what he had to say:
Indeed the film was some good, blockbuster fun. Despite my own misgivings with the finished product, even I had to admit THAT I HAD A GREAT TIME while watching the flick. Weak plot and villain aside, I loved watching the interaction of Task Force X, and it made me want to see them again and again in the DCEU in the future. It was no DARK KNIGHT, but clearly there was some aspect of my fanboyism that it had successfully tapped into.
Right now, WB seems content to bask in the current financial success of the film, as evidenced by the comments from WB distribution executive vice president Jeff Goldstein:
“[SUICIDE SQUAD] bested anything that we could have expected. The marketing campaign was brilliant and the performances by the cast, starting with Will Smith, Margot Robbie and Jared Leto, were just extraordinary. They’re fun and wicked and fans enjoy it.”
Few would argue with Goldstein's comments on the marketing. Every trailer for the movie managed to ante up the one before it and get fans even more excited about what they'd see. It remains to be seen if this will carry over with fans in the coming weeks, but given that SUICIDE SQUAD was, for all intents and purposes, an unknown entity by the mainstream, they're certainly off to a good start.
What do you think about Ayer and Goldstein's comments on the film. Would you consider this a success for SUICIDE SQUAD, and if so, do you think it'll continue to have legs in the coming weeks? Let us know your thoughts in the comments down below!
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SOURCES: Variety, David Ayer