David Ayer defends Suicide Squad against the film’s gloomy critical reception

By ·August 3, 2016 12:58 pm

David Ayer’s much-anticipated Suicide Squad has been receiving a barrage of negative criticism from critics and David Ayer has recently commented by standing up for his film.

The press saw David Ayer’s much-anticipated Suicide Squad weeks ago, but there was an embargo placed on the press that meant that views couldn’t be shared until part way through August 2nd.

After that embargo dropped, the press opened the flood gates and let lose with – you guessed it – a barrage of negative criticism for the film, much like they did for Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. Back when that film was approaching, critics hurled all kinds of insults at the film, then upon seeing it, we learned that the critics had been talking nonsense and that it was a solid entry in the DCEU (whether you like that film or not, all can agree that critics went overboard on their assault of it).

David Ayer directs Will Smith.

David Ayer directs Will Smith.

The way in which DC had lined Suicide Squad up over the months preceding its release, it looked as if it might prove to be the film that pleases everyone – fans and critics alike. Instead, it’s proven form another huge rift between fans and critics.

Suicide Squad – at the time of writing – holds 35% on Rotten Tomatoes, with critics calling the film ‘muddled,’ a ‘mess’ and that it holds a ‘weak plot.’ Not all of the feedback is negative, with some reviewers calling the film ‘a small step in the right direction,’ among other praise, but the majority seems to hold negative views of Ayer’s film.

The negative feedback prompted Suicide Squad director David Ayer to tweet out:

Prefiero morir de pie que vivir de rodillas – Emiliano Zapata

Which translates as “I’d prefer to die standing, than to live always on my knees.”

Ayer then tweeted again to explain:

Zapata quote is my way of saying I love the movie and believe in it. Made it for the fans. Best experience of my life.

We love Ayer’s resilience in the face of rampant negativity about a project that has long been close to his heart, and to ours too.

We’re going to ignore the critical parade (who were proven wrong by Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, which delivered a great film for those who are true DC comics fans) and will go into Suicide Squad still brimming with excitement, keen to make our own minds up about Ayer’s exciting film, and we urge you to do the same. However the film falls, we’re sure that it will please hardcore DC fans, which is the audience that counts.

Suicide Squad is released on Friday 5th August and we will be reviewing the film here at The Nerd Recites.

Image credits: DC, Warner Bros.

Written by Christopher Hart

Lead Writer and Copywriter

Chris is a Copywriter for a major bank. He an MA in Publishing and a BA in Comparative Literature. He's also a self-published author (Altered Stone).

His areas of interest include LOST, The Leftovers, The Prisoner, Y: The Last Man, Supergirl, Wonder Woman, BioShock, Supergiant Games and Josh Malerman.

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  1. “We’re going to ignore the critical parade (who were proven wrong by Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, which delivered a great film for those who are true DC comics fans)” – Not really, mate.

    Suicide Squad will be great though.