‘Suicide Squad’ Creator Shares His Thoughts on The Film’s Negative Reviews

By August 26, 2016

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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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable
  • Ethan

    Sure, it made money on fan’s expectations. If Warner Bros. keeps this up though, DC movies’ reputation will have been damaged immensely and that money won’t be there in the future.

    • I’d agree. A whole lot is riding on Wonder Woman at this point. A WHOLE LOT.

  • John Ikarus

    The Harley Quinn solo movie should be written and directed by Kevin Smith.
    She was the best part of a so so movie.

    • I don’t know about Kevin Smith, but I’d agree about Harley. She managed to shine even despite the constant mishandling and mistreatment of her.

  • Student of Alchemy

    He’d have a point about the critics with a bias against superhero movies, but other films deal with this already and are still able to get a better critical response. The issue is that the movies only please a relatively narrow audience.

  • Albert Lamm

    As a young starving film maker surrounded by other film makers. Wow there is a sort of dogmatic hatred for these DC films. As if by liking them your saying in turn, you don’t understand what makes a good movie. It’s that sort of elitists attitude that turns off people like me. John Gilroy, arguable one of the better editors today did David Ayers first cut of them film, then they re-shoots happened and WB got more involved. John was so upset, he left. Knowing this, I see the film as what is could’ve been and what we finally got. No what we got was not all that great, but certainly I had a better time (or is the same?) as Ago of Ultron, almost every Hulk film ever and Iron Man 2. So this is why I get upset. It’s not objective. It’s so personal in some of these aforementioned reviews. A palpable seething hatred of anything that isn’t Disney’s Marvel mass produced aesthetically different but tonally almost all the same (primarily origin) films.

    What DC and WB is doing is the entire phase 1 of Marvel/Disney’s superhero films. Instead of us making us, the comic book/animated tv fans wait another ten years, so their skipping steps because and I repeat, we do not want nor need another Batman origin film. We only need a handful of the Justice League to get established. Johnn Johnz will probably just get introduced the same way Vision did in Age of Ultron and if some of it goes over your head (which we actually like, those of us who understand and afore the source material) use Google to look it up. In a lot of movies, that’s part of the fun and Marvel does it too, the difference is Viacom is owned by Disney aka. the owner of ABC among other news outlets, they have a lot more power in this way then WB which is only a film company with some holdings on the media coverage side of things. Somethings off and people have the right to disagree, either way.