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‘Suicide Squad’ Scores Record-Breaking Thursday Night Numbers Even With The Negative Reviews

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Fans were surprised earlier this week when Suicide Squad, the film that had been built up as being a possible saving grace for the DCEU, was met with a swarm of negative reviews, on the same level as Batman v Superman‘s earlier this year. Directed by David Ayer, Squad looked like a ballsy, unique, and invigorating addition to the superhero genre, that by many fans and critics has been called a mess, incoherent, and overall disappointing.

Considering the financial disappointment that Dawn of Justice ended up being, and the millions of dollars that WB had fed into the film’s reshoots, this new wave of negativity was not met with confidence, as many wondered if it could at all affect the movie’s financial legs at the box office as well, severely hurting the DCEU once again.

Well, it looks like so far, the answer is no as Suicide Squad brought in a record-breaking $20.5 million in its Thursday night preview numbers. Not only is that the biggest August opening day in history, but it’s also the 13th highest preview showing of all time. This isn’t even counting the $30 million that the film has made overseas so far either, and the $125 million it’s expected to receive opening weekend.

It should be noted right away that Batman v Superman had a very large and successful opening weekend as well though, but teetered out big time in the following weeks, so it’s the legs on Suicide Squad that’ll really end up mattering in the end.

With that being said, the anticipation going for Suicide Squad right now dwarfs what Batman v Superman had even, and I think that the curiosity to see what Suicide Squad is even like could seriously help it in the end. We’ll have to wait and see, but this is going to be a movie where the initial reactions either sink it, or don’t really end up mattering in the end.

Suicide Squad is in theatres everywhere now.

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Zack Snyder Directed One Scene in ‘Suicide Squad’

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Warning: This post will contain spoilers for Suicide Squad.

As most of you are probably already aware, Ben Affleck’s Batman isn’t the only Justice League character that makes an appearance in director David Ayer’s Suicide Squad, which officially hit theatres today, backed by a large swarm of negative reviews despite the positive buzz surrounding the film up until this point. In a small, but noticeable appearance near the beginning of the film, Ezra Miller’s Flash is seen briefly taking down Jai Courtney’s Captain Boomerang, giving fans their first real look at the character onscreen ahead of his role in Justice League next year.

As it turns out, like many rumors had suggested as well, the scene was added in near the end of post-production on the movie, and apparently wasn’t actually directed by Ayer, but instead Batman v Superman and Justice League director Zack Snyder.

Ayer revealed Snyder’s involvement while speaking recently with Collider, saying that they had to wait until all of the assets, costume, and actors were in place before they could add the scene, so Snyder ended up shooting and sending the scene over to Ayer while also filming Justice League.

“Flash was always in the movie, we just got lucky because Justice League was happening and they had the uniform, they had the assets, so we were able to get that photography.”

So yes, despite having a scene in the film, Ezra Miller was never actually on the Suicide Squad set it turns out, though it seems like the scene was added in rather seamlessly near the beginning of the film, which admittedly could have been a problem considering the difference in styles between Snyder and Ayer.

Right now though, Miller’s version of The Flash/Barry Allen has more good hype surrounding him than practically any of the other Justice League stars and cast members, so it was either particularly good timing or just DC capitalizing on an open opportunity to give fans another taste of what they can expect from his character here. Now, we only have to wait another year and a few months before we  see what he can really do as Barry Allen onscreen.

Suicide Squad is in theatres now.