In case you somehow missed it, the critical reviews for DC’s Suicide Squad ended up being overwhelmingly negative, with fan reaction not being that much more positive in the end. While the film performed well at the box office though, the future of the DCEU just seems more uncertain now than it did before Suicide Squad was released, which is the opposite effect of what many fans had hoped the film would have.
Suicide Squad creator, John Ostrander, has shared his thoughts on the film already – he was remarkably more positive towards it than most people – but it looks like he doesn’t harbor much resentment towards the negative reviews themselves… or most of them at least.
During an interview with THR about returning to the Suicide Squad comics, Ostrander spoke on the film’s negative reviews briefly, saying the following:
“First of all, I want to say I am not disparaging any of the critics. I do have problems — whether it’s the Squad or not — when a critic comes in with an agenda already. They are not looking at the movie for what it is. I have read several of the reviews that were just fine, even not that keen on it. As long as they were looking at it honestly, that’s fine. When somebody comes in with an attitude, “I’m sick of superhero movies,” “I am not going to give them a break,” “it has to be a masterpiece to get a good word out of me,” I don’t think that’s right or fair. There were plenty of fans who did not like it, and well that’s fine and they are right to their opinion even if they are wrong. I know the box office isn’t an arbiter of what’s good or bad, but you have to take a look at how much money Squad has made so far. I think it has done really well.”
Ostrander has a point about people going into the film with their own agendas, whether it be critics or the fans themselves. It seems like the consensus towards the film itself is remarkably more positive in the end than it was for Batman v Superman earlier this year, but that’s also not saying much, and also not what the DCEU needed from Suicide Squad.
As for the film’s financial success, as long as the Transformers movies continue to make money, I’m never really going to look at a film’s financial success as being indicative of its quality. That could just be me though.
Suicide Squad is in theatres now.
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