After being built up as the saving grace of the DCEU, the negative reviews coming out for Suicide Squad have been surprising to say the least, with many going so far as to applaud the film’s stellar marketing campaign for hiding some of its biggest flaws, most of which are structural and tonal. For what it’s worth, it seems like the movie somewhat of an improvement over Batman v Superman thoug, and with Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins recently voicing her love of the film, it’s possible the tide may change when audiences finally get to see it too.
However, that possibility hasn’t stopped some reporters from asking those involved in the film what they think of the negative reviews so far, and the reactions range from intelligent and political, to particularly brash.
Speaking with Reuters, Will Smith gave a predictably calm, experienced, and political response when asked about the negative Suicide Squad reviews so far:
“I think people had expectations that may have been different, but I’m excited for the fans to get to vote.”
Considering he’s been praised for his performance in practically every single review of the film, it looks like he among with some of his other cast members may get through this one mostly unscathed. However, his co-star Cara Delevingne, was a lot less political with her response:
“The critics have been absolutely horrific, they’re really, really horrible. You know, I just don’t think they like superhero movies.”
… Just saying, the reviews for Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy and the Marvel films may prove you wrong there, Ms. Delevingne.
Finally, David Ayer gave his response to the publication as well, and considering how unabashedly in love with DC and the property he’s been, you might be able to predict his response:
“I made the movie for real people who live in the real world. I made the movie for people who actually love movies and go and see movies.”
I mean, and this is coming from someone who still believes that Ayer has made one of the best films of the decade so far with End of Watch, but him saying that he only made the movie for people who “actually love movies” insinuating that critics don’t love movies, doesn’t make absolutely any sense whatsoever. It’s 100% okay to say that you made the movie for the fans, that’s kind of the standard answer to give, but Ayer’s comments just come off as senseless here.
At the same time though, being asked about these reviews in an interview might put me in a bit of a foul mood too, so I can’t really blame him all that much either, even if I completely and utterly disagree with everything he’s saying here.
Suicide Squad is set to hit theatres tomorrow, August 5th.
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