“Suicide Squad” director airs frustrations over the film’s backlash

Despite being qualified as a box office success when it was released in 2016, Suicide Squad was a massive disappointment to fans and a critical failure. It’s one thing to bomb at the box office and another to be considered a terrible film despite raking in USD747 million in global earnings. But the film’s director, David Ayer, honestly doesn’t need reminding of this.

In response to movie critic David Ehrlich’s “mean spirited” Tweet about the film’s sequel, Ayer responded by re-Tweeting the status and then writing:


“David that’s really mean spirited. I understand the nature of your job and the necessity to grab eyes. But a lot of people dedicated their blood sweat and tears and came together to make the original. It’s incredibly painful to have two years of my love attacked in such a way.”

It seems like the filmmaker has had enough of the incessant hatred being thrown at Suicide Squad years after it debuted in cinemas. See Ehrlich’s original Tweet below:

Ehlrich offered an apology not long after Ayer’s response. The critic explained that his comments were an attempt to call out the movie industry’s “endless franchise hype” that seems to force sequels despite of the original film’s perceived failure. Ayer thanked him for the apology and expressed his support for fellow director James Gunn’s sequel. He further explained that his frustration stems from the backlash against “something that was not my original vision”.

Too often, creative differences between filmmakers and their big-time production studios can really botch and otherwise great film as a result. It looks like this was the case for the Suicide Squad.

Samantha Rigby
Samantha Rigby
Samantha is the head of content, lifestyle and entrepreneurial columnist for Best in Australia. She is also a contributor to Forbes and SH. Prior to joining the Best in Au, she was a reporter and business journalist for local newspapers.
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