We've made no secret whatsoever about our complete and utter contempt for Suicide Squad.
It featured prominently in our Worst Films of 2016 and it received one of our lowest ratings last year. It wasn't just, either. Suicide Squad currently has a rating of just 26% on Rotten Tomatoes and 40% on Metacritic. While it might have been successful commercially, it's still one of the most openly derided comic-book films ever made.
Now that its time in cinema has past, its had its home release, director David Ayer has gotten somewhat frank about both the abuse it received and his own issues with the film. Long story short, Ayer thinks 'the hate game is strong out there.'
In a longform tweet, Ayer explained that he "took inspiration from the insanity of the original comics," but that he knows the film has it flaws. "Hell, the world knows it."
Ayer goes on, saying that he'd do a lot of things differently, admitting that he would have preferred to make Joker the main villain and to "engineer a more grounded story" than what we got on screen. That's admirable and all, but the reality is that when you make a film, your name is in the credits and it's your reputation on the line.
While Fury and End of Watch were both very competent and enjoyable films, it's safe to say that Suicide Squad was a dumpster fire of a film with almost no redeemable qualities about it. Whether the rumours are true that he only had six weeks to write the script or that he was locked out of the editing suite are true or not, the fact remains that what hit the cinemas was complete muck.
Ayer finished off his tweet, confirming that there's "no secret edit of the film with a bunch of Joker scenes hidden in a salt mine somewhere," which is a relief if we're honest about it.
Here's his tweet in full.
— David Ayer (@DavidAyerMovies) January 21, 2017