'Suicide Squad' Director's Regrets: Not Enough Of Joker
Suicide Squad, last year's hit film that starred an ensemble cast of DC Comics villains, was a huge success at the box office when it hit theaters in Aug. 2016. But as far as quality, the movie was panned: with a paltry 26% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, it was widely considered as a horrible film.
Over the weekend, Director David Ayer spoke about the fan with a fresh perspective. When a fan tweeted him calling the movie a "masterpiece," Ayer reflected on the film and explained what he would have done differently if he had another shot.
The big change: more usage of Joker, who was portrayed by Jared Leto in the film.
"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," he said, adding that there wasn't another edit of the film with more Joker scenes. Even though the film ended up doing well commercially "due exactly to the wonder and power of DC, of its characters," that he didn't make the film with the intent for it to be a blockbuster. He took creative risks, and he learned from them.
"People want what they want, and everyone has a personal vision of how each character should look and walk and talk. If you set out to make a mass appeal movie, it's easy to end up with vanilla. But I went for it," Ayer wrote.
"I know Squad has its flaws, Hell, the World knows it," he said. "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."
Despite the film's miscues, he's grateful to have had the opportunity to create it and said that he learned a lot. After all, he could have a much worse job.
"I love making movies and I love DC. I'm a high school dropout and used to paint houses for a living," he said. "I'm lucky to have the job I have."
Regardless of what you think about the film, it's interesting to hear Ayer comment so openly about the movie. Read the full note below.