David Ayer Responds To ‘Suicide Squad’ Reviews


The reviews are in for Suicide Squad – DC’s latest film in their Extended Universe of films that bring these beloved comic book characters to the silver screen. Sadly, the film is not being greeted warmly by critics, with the many reactions underwhelming fans. So much so that a select group have decided to start a petition to shut down the review aggregating site, Rotten Tomatoes.

Despite the mixed-to-negative response, director David Ayer is keeping his chin up and standing with his finished product. Today in response to the many reviews released after the film’s embargo was lifted, the director took to Twitter and shared a quote by Emiliano Zapata.

Ayer then went on to explain the reasoning for sharing that Zapata quote:

Regardless of how the moviegoing public will respond to the film on a broader scale, it is still nice to see that Ayer seems satisfied with how his film turned out. And when he refers to the production being the best experience of his life, I believe him. Of course, opinions may change once I see the film for myself, but that does not stop me from respecting David Ayer’s response.

It feels good to be bad… Assemble a team of the world’s most dangerous, incarcerated Super Villains, provide them with the most powerful arsenal at the government’s disposal, and send them off on a mission to defeat an enigmatic, insuperable entity. U.S. intelligence officer Amanda Waller has determined only a secretly convened group of disparate, despicable individuals with next to nothing to lose will do. However, once they realize they weren’t picked to succeed but chosen for their patent culpability when they inevitably fail, will the Suicide Squad resolve to die trying, or decide it’s every man for himself?

Suicide Squad is the next film in the DC Extended Universe following Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Written and directed by David Ayer and the film stars Viola Davis, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Will Smith, Jai Courtney, Jay Hernandez, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Ike Barinholtz , Scott Eastwood, Cara Delevingne, Adam Beach, and Karen Fukuhara in her feature film debut.

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  • Evan

    The film was fantastic!!!

    • 12stepCornelius

      Nice to continue to hear from regular fans and movie goers that the movie is really good to at least pretty good. It’s a shame the critics’ scores always have to be the ones highlighted in all the media.

      • louace

        I was really hoping that it would be good
        I was sure that the critic were biased towards Marvel on this one
        But unfortunately the movie was a complete trash
        I’m jealous that you liked it but i seriously dont understand how anyone would like that
        It was “fantastic four” all over again
        Even worst to me because i didn’t cared much about FF, the movie was doomed from the very beginning
        But for SS i really had my hopes up (that felt weird to say)

        • 12stepCornelius

          What didn’t you like about it, because for me, it had “crowd pleaser” written all over it.

  • Gabriel Monteiro / @61briel

    Who cares about Rotten Tomatoes?

    • louace

      Well I don’t
      You don’t
      But unfortunately, the common moviegoers do…
      RT doasn’t make any sense to me because it only rates If it’s “good” or “bad” and no film can not be described in one word
      Sure Wikipedia for example says “On Rotten Tomatoes the film has a rating of 35%, based on 68 reviews, with an average rating of 5.3/10″ but most people don’t know or care about it
      They don’t do any kind of a reaserch. They see 35% and they think ” Oh, the movie have 35 out of 100. It must be bad”. They don’t even know that the 35% its the percentage of the critics that liked the movie not the overall rating
      And it’s ok i guess. Not everyone has to be so into it
      For me very it’s sad because I was realy hoping that this movie will get good reiews
      I haven’t seen it yet(3 more days!!!) so i can’t make my opinion.
      We’ll see but it’s hard for me to believe that the movie is this bad…

    • rogbngp

      If SS’s ~audience~ score at RT is in the 60s or higher, and it still performs reasonably well at the box office like with MoS and BvS, then we have a clearly established pattern on RT: critics hated/audience liked. No, unfortunately the films won’t do as well as the MCU’s. But the DCEU should not try to copy the MCU at this stage. That could well be even more disastrous. Imho, what WB needs to do is convince GA viewers that they can confidently disregard RT for their DCEU films! That is what I would try to do if I was making that call.

  • Joey Wabi-Sabi

    Any chance you guys can include the translation of the quote in the article? You know, since all of your readers are English-speaking? Wouldn’t that make some sense guys? Such lazy reporting.

    • Steve Steve

      David Ayer translates the quote. His translation also appears in the article.

      • Literally means “I’d rather die on my feet than live on my knees” translation doesn’t appear in the article.

      • Joey Wabi-Sabi

        Haha my Spanish is a little rusty, but i know for sure that is definitely not the translation.

    • Renato Tan

      Belive ir or not, some readers are not english-speaking. I love this site and read it on a daily basis. By the way, I agreed with you against the guy who “wanted more action and less deep themes” for Snyder. Regards from Chile!

      • Vegas82

        They have the site translated from English then? Because that’s the language all these stories are in…

      • Joey Wabi-Sabi

        Haha sorry, you are right. I should have said “most readers”.

        Btw – I went to Chile last year to visit my girlfriend’s family. You guys have a beautiful country! Regards from NYC.

  • Steve Steve

    I can only imagine how crushing it must feel when something into which you’ve sunk your heart and soul doesn’t work out (or is unfairly criticized as the case may be).

    I look forward to Bright. Max Landis has a clownish personality, but the premise is intriguing, and the fact that he wrote it for Ayers can only be good. Maybe they’ll become a writer/director tandem of great repute.

    …in the meantime. I still hope for Suicide Squad.

  • rogbngp

    The thing about film critics that is so disconcerting when it comes to this problem with bashing DC films versus gushing over Marvel’s (note: myself, I also like the MCU) is that there seems very much to be a hive-mind at work. The only reason I would even consider paying attention to a critic in the first place is because of a presumed extremely high degree of independent thought, as supported by a formal education in film studies. I’m immediately dubious about the credibility of a critic as someone that has seriously studied film as an art-form, if they’ve jumped onto a band-wagon and are engaging in a pile-on of trashing for films that, in spirit, run counter to a formula-driven, studio based production model such as Disney has established. From a cynical standpoint, I have to wonder if critics’ endorsing a prevailing populist view (this narrative = MCU is fun, exhilarating, and focused and DC is artistically overreaching, pretentious, and relentlessly grimdark and muddled) garners the most public approval, and then ensures the highest number of hits, i.e., at the end of the day stroking the largest number of viewers’ sensibilities offers the best chance to maintain the website’s economic survival (be it their personal blog, or newspaper that hired them, or magazine, etc.).

    Critics are supposed to offer a deeper (independently formed) view into what a film has to offer. I.e., about opening up the possibilities for what it can mean subjectively for the viewer. To begin with, according to postmodern philosophy there are no ‘facts’ regarding what makes an art-form “good,” just our interpretations.

    But anyway, what I’ve been witnessing with MoS, BvS, and now SS much more resembles social ‘pack’ behavior driven by some surprisingly primitive drives versus any sort of independent higher order assessment. Or sharks reacting to blood in the water. I guess this is probably most attributable to the Internet, and how people tend to behave socially on the web.

    I still have to see for myself what I feel about SS when I see it this weekend. But so far I have felt that MoS and BvS ARE actually well-told stories for the most part… or are much better told than critics give credit for… However because they are stylistically so different from Marvel’s they get trashed. So it won’t surprise me a bit if that is the case once again for SS,

    • Technofied

      Instead, we got a review that says Suicide Squad, DC’s guardians of the galaxy was not up there with Avengers and Guardians. I mean people even went out of their way to compare Anti Heroes with Marvel Superhero Team ups. This was not a movie about superheroes, it was a movie about villains forced together to fight a bigger threat!

      As a hardcore DC Fan, I don’t have a problem with critics bashing over Suicide Squad. What I do have a problem with is when they compare it to Avengers and Guardians and expect this to deliver what they delivered. It is not fair to compare these movies, let alone two different universes.

    • Axxell

      Critic reviews are supposed to be a guide. I don’t understand why people who claim not to care about what critics say get so emotional and accusative when it comes to their opinions.

      And I have to be skeptical about your hive theory; WB knows well enough how these films are gonna be reviewed – otherwise they wouldn’t set the review embargo so close to the release date. If it weren’t for the restriction they would all be releasing their reviews on different days leading up to the opening night. This is all WB’s doing. If anybody’s guilty of permanently branding WB/DC movies as dark and grim, it’s WB themselves for pumping their chest proudly about it, as if making monotone films is a plus. It’s illogical to blame critics and accuse them of going for hits when, if anything, having a popular viewpoint has the opposite effect – people only gravitate toward controversial opinions. Everything else gets grouped together in the RT scores.

      Your rant only sounds like the typical DC martyrdom song it’s been sung since MoS.

      • rogbngp

        I actually don’t disagree with much of what you say, despite your tone. I do stand by the notion that critics have developed a template in their head for this genre that is derived from the MCU. It’s just frustrating that the two DCEU films I really enjoyed a lot thus far, MoS and BvS, were treated so harshly by the critics. I and other like-minded fans like those films for the reasons that we do, and I can articulate why very clearly but I won’t bore you (I’m not out to try to change your mind either). But I actually think WB is heavily in disarray. I think it is painfully obvious that they don’t have the balls to simply let the directors do their thing.

  • louace

    As much as it pains me to say it
    That movie was bad…
    i was really hoping that i’d like it and the critics are wrong but that was one of the worst Comic book movies i had ever seen
    I don’t blame Ayer or the cast
    I blame the WB
    You can clearly see the studio interference
    Is’t like they cut the film in pieces and try to put it back together
    Right now I’m suprised that it scored as high as 26%
    Before anyone say I’m a marvel fanboy
    I’m a DC guy ( just look at my page)
    I still don’t understand why BvS was panned by critics, it wasnt the best but still great imo better for sure than many MCU movies (thor 1&2 Iron Man2&3 and many more…)
    I think I liked it better than civil war
    But Im sorry Suicde Squad was a very very bad movie