Suicide Squad’s critical pummelling has given way to a massive opening weekend. This film is dividing fans and critics just as Batman v Superman did. That’s shown in the 26% critic score and 72% fan score on Rotten Tomatoes. John Ostrander is one man who can bridge that gap. He wrote the acclaimed comic run of the Squad in the 80s, so he’s well placed to judge the film adaptation.
Ostrander may not be a critic himself, but he knows these characters better than most. He also has a few choice words for critics, who he claimed came in expecting to hate the film:
I know some of the critics, both in print and online, do not like the movie. That’s okay; everyone has a right to their own opinion even when it’s wrong. My problem is that, at least with some of the media reviews, is that the critic is also tired of superhero and “tentpole” films and, overtly or covertly, would like to see their end. Look, I get it – they have to see all the films out there and they must be tired of all the blockbusters.
If every superhero film is not The Dark Knight, they’ll bitch. I think that’s going on here to a certain degree. Just as I came prepared to love the movie, they came prepared to hate it.
Ostrander did add that he recognised the problems, but he enjoyed the movie overall, “I really liked the film. Not perfect by a long shot, but a really good time in the movie theatre. And for me a lot of it was just amazing. The look, the detail, the feel of the film is not something I’ve seen in superhero movies before.”
Ostrander’s thoughts are very much in line with Kevin Smith. Many seem to be seeing the positives above the negatives in this film. The big question is how strong will it be next weekend. The numbers from repeat viewings and those heading out after all this critic drama will tell us a lot about the future of the DCEU.