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Suicide Squad director has regrets

By Alex Wiggan

Remember last year, when Suicide Squad hit cinemas and was instantly met with criticism? Remember how director David Ayer said he loved the movie and believed in it? Well, Ayer seems to have had a slight change of heart.

On Saturday, Ayer took to Twitter to express his thoughts on the film, including his disappointment with the reviews. However, he also admitted the film has its flaws, including the lack of screen time given to the Joker.

Speaking via Twitter, Ayer said:

“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 up a newspaper and see a couple of 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 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.)”

While we’re disappointed there’s no secret edit of Suicide Squad hidden away somewhere in a salt mine, we do respect Ayer for admitting the movie has flaws. It takes a lot to admit when things don’t quite work and not all directors do that.

Sure, at the time of its release Ayer defended Suicide Squad, but to be fair he had spent a couple of years working on the project, so he was always going to be a bit protective. Let’s just hope he has learned from the mistakes and nails the proposed Harley Quinn/DC Sirens movie.

Fingers crossed.

Now about that non-existent secret edit, which is hidden away in the non-existent salt mine….

…someone call up Warner Bros, we think a hunt for this non-existent edit could provide the premise for a great movie!




About the author: Alex Wiggan has written blog posts for Honcho-SFX blog since October 2014. He likes writing, eating pizza and watching Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Sometimes in that order.


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