‘Suicide Squad’ director David Ayer says fans don’t want to be ‘dictated to’ by critics

Filmmaker defends superhero movie following unfavourable reviews

Suicide Squad director David Ayer has spoken to NME about the criticism his movie has faced and why he thinks fans have taken his side.

Released last Friday (August 5), the film features some of the most iconic DC Comics villains, including Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Will Smith as Deadshot, Cara Delevingne as Enchantress and Jared Leto as The Joker.

The movie currently has a score of 26% on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, leading to a fan petition for the site to be shut down.

In a video interview with NME (watch below), Ayer revealed that he doesn’t shy away from the bad reviews. “I love reading stuff. I love going on the Internet and I guess I’m a little bit dauntless in that regard.”

On why fans have hit back against the reviews, Ayer said: “Some of the criticism is so over-the-top vitriolic that the fans recognise that there seems to be something else going on. They want the opportunity to see the movie and reign in on the movie and not be dictated to [about] how they should feel about it.”

“The movie is good, the movie has a great heart and the movie is made for the fans,” he continued. “I think they know that and they see that. There’s nothing wrong with having a big, fun summer movie.”

Asked whether the superhero movie could become a poisoned chalice for directors, Ayer replied: “Yeah, but doesn’t that make it more fun?”

Suicide Squad is in cinemas now.

NME‘s Dan Stubbs wrote in his review of the film: “Suicide Squad sets itself up as a fun, fast, daft, superhero movie, and it absolutely delivers. It’s much like those old comic pages then – great to look at, but if you get a bit too close you can see the gaps between the dots.”