While the film itself has done fairly well at the box office, to say that the overall critical and fan reaction to DC’s Suicide Squad was a disappointment, would probably be an understatement. With news of behind-the-scenes struggles and strange editing decisions by Warner Bros., the film that was being touted as the DCEU’s saving grace, instead ended up garnering a reaction very similar to Batman v Superman earlier this year, much to the chagrin of both fans and critics alike.
Now, before the film was released, Warner Bros. seemed more confident in the film than almost any of their other DC projects, with reports saying that the studio was hoping to follow up the first with a sequel as quickly as possible, with the same cast and director David Ayer returning behind the helm. Ever since the film’s release though, news of a Suicide Squad sequel have strangely gone quiet.
While appearing on the Happy Sad Confused podcast as well, cast member Jai Courtney spoke briefly about the disappointing reaction to the film, and expressed his desire to still make a sequel with Ayer:
“How do you please everyone? And I don’t think Suicide Squad ever intended to…. So no one’s setting out to upset the fan base, certainly not a fan base that can be as loyal as this kind of crowd can. But I don’t know how you can push the envelope or try and protect something [without taking risks]…..I know what I like in a movie, and it’s not the same thing as my twelve-year-old niece….It’s a challenge, and David [Ayer] did an incredible job, and I sure as hell hope we get to make another one with him.”
It should be noted though, that if there was one thing that seemed to be universally praised about Suicide Squad it was the performances from a majority of its cast members, including Courtney’s take on Captain Boomerang. It’s pretty clear, no matter which way you look at it even, that the biggest problems with Suicide Squad wasn’t the work from Ayer or his cast, but were instead products of some serious studio interference.
Right now, we know that Margot Robbie is working furiously with Warner Bros. to get her Harley Quinn standalone movie made, but the future of the rest of the Squad members onscreen (including Jared Leto’s Joker) seems shrouded in uncertainty for the time being. For better or for worse.
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