Some directors take no blame when a Movie goes wrong (cough JOSH TRANK cough), and others step up and admit it. David Ayer falls into the latter category.
Responding to a fan of Suicide Squad on Twitter, David Ayer took time the other day to post a lengthy response as to how he feels about the film in retrospect.
Thank you so much. I know it’s a controversial film, I really tired to make something different, with a look and voice of its own.
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 version of how each character should look and walk and talk. If you set out to make a mass appear 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 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 bad 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 so 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.)
I had a lot of issues with Suicide Squad, but it wasn’t the train wreck of Batman v Superman. But there was a lot of good ideas there that probably could have been great had they had longer to incubate. (Ayers reportedly had six weeks to pull the script together) And now that he has come out and said this so long after the release and is willing to stand behind his mistakes? I like it a whole lot more.
Things go wrong in the making of a movie, and typically everyone tries to move the blame around and let someone else take the heat. Ayers stepping up like this should be applauded and it makes me want to sit down and watch the movie again. And if Ayers is game for a second go around… lets do this.