Remember that time director David Ayer publicly defended Suicide Squad in the face of overwhelming negativity from the critics?
Well, it turns out that Ayer now has his share of regrets about Suicide Squad... kind of like many of those who actually paid money to see the film in cinemas. To be fai, the third instalment in the DCEU also has a huge number of fans, one of whom decided to personally message Ayer on Twitter to thank him for the "masterpiece" that is Suicide Squad.
Rather than simply reply with gratitude or ignore the post entirely, Ayer instead decided to pen a thoughtful letter that shared his thoughts on the whole filmmaking process, revealing how he wished that things could have gone differently during the development of Suicide Squad.
At Least You Can't Call Suicide Squad "Vanilla"!
Ayer started by discussing how he strove to put his own mark on the worst heroes ever, explaining that:
"I took the inspiration from the insanity of the original comics. Making a movie is a journey, not a straight line. I learned so much. People want what they want, and everyone has a personal vision of how each character should look and walk and talk. If you set out to make a mass appeal movie, it’s easy to end up with vanilla. But I went for it."
Whether you loved or hated the director's first foray into the DCEU, it's commendable that he at least tried something different. After all, it would have been easy for Ayer to have simply walked in Zack Snyder's footsteps and create a carbon copy of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Some Of The Hate For Suicide Squad May Be Justified
In a brave move, Ayer then admitted that Suicide Squad has its fair share of problems:
"And I know Squad has its flaws, Hell, the World knows it. Nothing hurts more than to pick up a newspaper and see a couple years of your blood, sweat and tears ripped to shreds. The hate game is strong out there."
It's taken a while, but Ayer has seemingly swallowed his pride and acknowledged what even those of us who love the film can admit: Suicide Squad isn't a perfect film.
The Joke's On Jared Leto!
Among the many criticisms levelled at the movie, many fans were particularly angered by Jared Leto's version of The Joker — or rather, the lack of him in the film's final cut. Ayer is quick to acknowledge these concerns, revealing that:
"Wish I had a time machine. I’d make Joker the main villain and engineer a more grounded story. I have to take the good and bad and learn from it."
As Batman's most iconic enemy, The Clown Prince of Crime has already appeared numerous times onscreen, so it's understandable why Ayer chose to focus on The Enchantress instead. However, this move came under heavy fire after Warner Bros. focused on #TheJoker extensively throughout Suicide Squad's marketing campaign, leading Ayer to wish that he had made Leto's role more prominent in the final cut.
Here are some scenes featuring The Joker that were ultimately removed from the final cut of Suicide Squad:
High School Dropouts Can Make Movies Too!
Ayers's post ended with reflection on the lessons that he learned during the filmmaking process:
"I love making movies and I love DC. I’m a High School dropout who used to paint houses for a living. I’m lucky to have the job I have. I have to give the characters the stories and plots they deserve next time. Real talk. (And no, there isn’t a secret edit of the film with a bunch of Joker scenes hidden in a salt mine somewhere.)"
Although there's a lot to take in from Ayers's personal Twitter response, the most interesting aspect to take from all this is how he specifically brings up The Joker's absence in Suicide Squad now, just days after #JaredLeto hinted that he might return soon to the DCEU. Could Leto's hints of a Batman: The Killing Joke adaptation work their way into #GothamCitySirens, or even #SuicideSquad2?
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Ayer may not be officially attached to the Suicide Squad sequel just yet, but Warner Bros. have already confirmed that he'll return to the DCEU at least once more to helm Gotham City Sirens, so we wouldn't be surprised if The Joker returned for at least one of these movies. After all, Leto himself hasn't been too quiet about the possibility of returning to the DCEU.
The decision to hire Ayer for Gotham City Sirens wasn't met with universal praise, but those quick to condemn the director should bear in mind that Ayer is more than capable of creating credible films. After all, both Fury and End Of Watch were extremely well-received, and Ayers's screenplay helped Training Day achieve Oscar success. Thus, there's no reason why Ayer couldn't improve on his previous work, especially if he's truly learnt from the mistakes of the past.
Whether Ayer decides to bring The Joker back to the DCEU or not, few filmmakers are willing to admit their faults so publicly, so we're going to hold out hope that Ayer may have learned enough to make the DCEU movie he always wanted in Gotham City Sirens and perhaps even Suicide Squad 2.