Cult filmmaker Kevin Smith has praised Suicide Squad after its less than favourable reviews.
The movie has been panned by several critics, but Smith has spoken out in defence of the DC Comics movie and director David Ayer, calling it “magic” and branding Ayer “a true filmmaker”.
Smith, whose involvement with comic books includes writing editions of DC and Marvel Comics and directing an episode of The Flash, said of Ayer on Instagram: “I think he made magic and did #dccomics proud. The #Squad movie doesn’t look like any other comic book flick I’ve ever seen.”
I look up to @suicidesquadmovie maker #DavidAyer. His #endofwatch, shot with a mixture of media including dashboard & body cams, was the work of a true filmmaker. And I don’t know how he got me to love a tank movie, but #fury is another amazing Ayer effort. When I heard he was shepherding a cinematic #suicidesquad, my already-high interests in a @dccomics movie shot over the top: what would a gritty guy like Dave do with the likes of #Deadshot & #HarleyQuinn? Well I think he made magic and did #dccomics proud. The #Squad movie doesn’t look like any other comic book flick I’ve ever seen. The periodic use of both #Batman and the #joker as background characters instead of the usual leads was thrilling and felt like our first real glimpse at an interconnected #dceu. The cast is top notch but Harley, as expected, steals the show. The #jokerandharley beats are simply wonderful for a longtime fan to watch and make you immediately wanna see the all-Harley movie they already announced. Throwaway moments made me so happy (like Katana and her Soultaker sword) but this flick as a whole had me smiling the whole time. Thanks to her name, my kid @harleyquinnsmith_ was already on board for this movie – and she loved it (like LOVED it). I’ll be heading back to see it again tonight so expect a brand new #FatManOnBatman review soon. #KevinSmith
He went on to praise the cast, in particular Harley Quinn, played by Margot Robbie, and Jared Leto’s portrayal of The Joker. Smith wrote, “The cast is top notch but Harley, as expected, steals the show”, going on to say “The #jokerandharley beats are simply wonderful for a longtime fan to watch and make you immediately wanna see the all-Harley movie they already announced.”
Conversely, when speaking to The Washington Post, Robbie said that she didn’t “understand” her character’s relationship with The Joker.
“I just didn’t understand how she could be such a bad ass and then fall to pieces over some guy. I found that really frustrating,” Robbie said.
“Fans seem to really love that about her, that she has this complete devotion to a guy that treats her badly.”