The saga of the Suicide Squad reviews gets juicier by the day.
Two days after critics launched a fairly mean-spirited assault on DC's bad guy team-up flick, both director David Ayer and stars Will Smith, Jared Leto and Cara Delevingne have come out swinging in defense of their movie.
Will Smith is the daddy of this group, so it's no surprise that his reaction to the reviews (which currently average a fairly suicidal 42 on Metacritic) was more mellow than some of his colleagues. Speaking to Reuters, Smith said:
"I think people had expectations that may have been different, but I'm excited for the fans to get to vote."
You can't beat a bit of classic diplomacy — so Jared Leto didn't even try, instead turning attention to the fact that many of his own scenes were apparently cut from the final edit of the movie in an interview with :
"There are a lot of scenes that didn’t make it to the final film. Hopefully they will see the light of day. Who knows."
Generally speaking, the critics have been mixed on Leto's portrayal of Gotham's Clown Prince, some singling it out as a highlight of Suicide Squad while others opine that his Joker isn't nearly insane enough, or just doesn't have enough screentime to make a proper impact.
It should be noticed that Trailer Park, who usually cut trailers (and were responsible for editing the excellent second trailer set to 'Bohemian Rhapsody'), were drafted in by Warner Bros. to produce the final edit of Suicide Squad, taking it out of David Ayer's hands (so say The Hollywood Reporter, anyway). Perhaps that will be fixed if DC decide to give us an Ultimate Edition, a la Batman v Superman.
I Just Want To Know What Cara Thinks!
Chill out, bro, I'm here for ya. Speaking to Reuters, Delevingne, who plays the super-villainess spirit Enchantress inhabiting the body of Dr. June Moone, had some seriously bold words for anyone who dares come for this movie:
"The critics have been absolutely horrific, they're really, really horrible. You know, I just don't think they like superhero movies."
Sure, the critics don't like superhero movies. That's why Captain America: Civil War is rated 90% fresh on RottenTomatoes. The harsh truth is that the critics don't like DC movies, which may or may not be fair, but definitely suggests the DCEU needs a swift change in direction if it's going to start getting universal love.
Finally, director David Ayer also spoke to Reuters in defense of his baby:
"I made the movie for real people who live in the real world. I made the movie for people who actually love movies and go and see movies."
No comment, except to say that Ayer had better hope those people who love movies actually do go see this movie, unless he wants to eat a big ass slice of humble pie baked by Harley Quinn who, as we all know, is a rotten chef.
Suicide Squad is out in the US tomorrow, August 5. Check out the trailer above.