David Ayer Talks ‘Suicide Squad’ Reshoots & Batman


The anticipation for DC’s upcoming Suicide Squad gained even more momentum after mixed reviews of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Could this property be the breakout hit that DC has been looking for? Director David Ayer thinks so.

Ayer expanded on a Twitter post that was published last week regarding why Suicide Squad was undergoing reshoots. Ayer spoke with Collider at CinemaCon about the production process.

“That’s kind of it. If they don’t like your movie they tend to not want to invest in it. If they love your movie, they give you what you want. And I don’t think there’s any director that finishes a movie and says, ‘Wow that’s perfect, that’s what I really want it to be.’ Every movie I’ve ever made I wish I could go and grab some additional stuff and that’s exactly the chance I got this time. It’s like getting a new car but you get fancy rims and a new stereo.”

Suicide Squad will be a movie that can be loved by both super fans of the comics and the general moviegoing audience Ayer explained.

“Well the film has to work on two levels, it’s gotta work for the people that know and love the comics and it’s gotta work for the people that know nothing about the comics, and I think it’s gonna work for both. I dug deep in this and really researched the canon, pulled storylines from a lot of different sources, characters from a lot of different sources, and it all works together really well. But I think for someone that doesn’t know any of it, it works great too. It’s dense, let’s just say it’s really dense. There’s a lot of imagery, there’s a lot of nods, and there’s a lot of Easter Eggs.”

With every new trailer being released, soundtrack seems to be a key element in its assembly. Ayer echoed that excitement and explained that it will be something to watch out for.

“It’s gonna be an interesting soundtrack, let’s just say that. We have some really cool original things coming in but also some familiar things too, and a great score.”

Finally, Ayer commented on the upcoming Batman solo project being helmed by Ben Affleck.

“I mean look, as a kid I was a fan of DC Comics. I read them, I love Batman. Batman was always my favorite superhero, and then to have him walk on my set one day was an incredible experience. Even my cynical, hard-bitten movie crew got quiet when that happened. And Ben’s a great dude, he’s a good guy to work with.”

“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 comes out in theaters on August 5.

Source: Collider 


Chelsea Lewis

Chelsea Lewis

Chelsea Lewis, TV division, joined Heroic Hollywood in 2016. Prior to joining the team at Heroic, she worked for TheCelebrityCafe.com covering everything from music to...

  • JMMagwood

    Ayer’s arguably the best director who’s done any of these comic book movies. “Suicide Squad” is gonna kill it. August can’t get here soon enough.

    • Marquis de Sade

      LOL! Yeah, deep down, even you can’t wait until August in hopes that The Suicide Squad will erase the bad memory of BVS, huh?

  • Axxell

    When do we start calling a spade a spade? I see articles saying BvS got “mixed” reviews…I don’t know, but once your average rating goes into the 20s, it’s pretty much a consensus that your movie sucked. BvS didn’t get “mixed” reviews; it got BAD reviews.

    • Lupin

      BvS is amazing, no film rated this low by critics had ever had such feverish and passionate debate about it from both detractors and its proponents. That’s what good art does.

      • Axxell

        Most of it’s passionate proponents are fanboys of the source material, upset because they think that anything with the DC label should and will get automatic consideration for an Oscar. That’s the only reason why there’s such a “passionate debate”.