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‘Suicide Squad’ film script was ‘written in six weeks’

Movie has received less than favourable reviews from critics

A new report claims to tell the inside story of Suicide Squad, the much-hyped new supervillain movie, and a series of behind-the-scenes problems that may have contributed to its recent negative reviews.

Suicide Squad features a rogue’s gallery of some iconic DC villains played by major Hollywood actors, including Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Will Smith as Deadshot, Cara Delevingne as Enchantress and Jared Leto as The Joker. It is released in cinemas on Friday (August 5).

One anonymous source has told The Hollywood Reporter that director David Ayer “wrote the script in like, six weeks” and that there was never any option to delay the film’s release date.

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Another source added: “It’s not just that you’ve told the public the movie is coming, you’ve made huge deals around the world with huge branding partners, with merchandise partners. It’s a really big deal to move a tentpole date.”

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Meanwhile, an insider said that test screenings of different cuts of the film had a negative impact. “If there are multiple opinions that aren’t in sync, you go down multiple tracks — two tracks at least,” said the insider. “That was the case here for a period of time, always trying to get to a place where you have consensus.” There was “a lot of panic and ego instead of calmly addressing the tonal issue,” according to the report.

Early reviews of Suicide Squad have been less than favourable. NME‘s Dan Stubbs concluded in his film review: “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.”

Responding to the negative reviews, director Ayer took to Twitter to quote Mexican revolutionary Emiliano Zapata, writing: “Prefiero morir de pie que vivir de rodillas”, which translates to “I’d rather die on my feet, than live on my knees”.

He later added: “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.”

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