Suicide Squad Director wants a Do-Over
The common consensus about “Suicide Squad” is that it wasn’t a particularly good movie. Despite pulling in an impressive $745 million at the worldwide box office, the film’s critical reception was frosty, with many complaints made about the poor juggling of the multiple characters at the film’s center.
David Ayer, the film’s director, defended the film against its poor reception upon release. Many months have passed since the film’s August release date, and Ayer appears to have gained some perspective regarding the matter. He still defends his work but acknowledges some aspects he wishes he could have changed.
One aspect of the film that surprised many was how little the Joker, arguably the most well-known character of the film, was in it. As played by Jared Leto, the Joker was in “Suicide Squad” for a very brief amount of time. On Twitter, Ayer admitted the Joker should have gotten more screentime.
“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,” Ayer tweeted.
One aspect of “Suicide Squad” that was generally well-received was Margot Robbie’s portrayal of Harley Quinn. A spinoff, titled “Gotham City Sirens,” starring Robbie has recently been announced. Ayer will be at the helm again for this installment. It remains to be seen what kind of reception the film receives.
The healthy box office of “Suicide Squad” was likely enough to keep Ayer’s career as a DC Comics movie director steady. However, the real test will happen with “Gotham City Sirens” and any other future installments in the “Suicide Squad” franchise. If box office receipts are noticeably low, the studio might throw Ayer aside and reboot the franchise with a new director.
This is not Ayer’s first time up to bat as a director of a high budget studio production. He had five films to his credit previously, including the Brad Pitt World War II drama, “Fury.” Critical reception and box office returns for Ayer’s other films, such as “End of Watch,” “Sabotage” and “Street Kings” ranged from positive to generally negative.
Nonetheless, there is still hope that Ayer’s next go with “Gotham City Sirens” will improve in the areas that “Suicide Squad” faltered. The film will also feature such notable Batman villains as Catwoman and Poison Ivy, but it seems less likely to become overstuffed in the way that “Suicide Squad” did. Ayer has acknowledged what went wrong with his last film, so we hope things go better with his next one.http://www.firstcomicsnews.com/suicide-squad-director-wants-a-do-over/http://www.firstcomicsnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/maxresdefault-600x338.jpeghttp://www.firstcomicsnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/maxresdefault-150x84.jpegMovie & TV NewsNewsDavid Ayer