‘Suicide Squad’: David Ayer Regrets Not Having Jared Leto’s Joker As The Films Villain 

Jan 22, 2017


Its been almost six months since David Ayer’s “Suicide Squad ” hit screens, the third film in Warner Bros. DC Extended Universe. The film made a tonne of money at the worldwide box office, but the reaction to the films release was mixed. Fans loved it, whilst critics ripped it a new a*****e.

The film wasn’t perfect by any mean, but it didn’t deserve all the hate. It was refreshingly different to whats came before in the DCEU. A more balls to the wall, over the top comic book movie with great character performances.

Reports have claimed director Ayer only had six-weeks to write the film’s script, with Warner Bros. not willing to delay the films release as it would have caused issues with branding and merchandise partners.

Over the weekend, David Ayer took to Twitter to share his thoughts on “Suicide Squad” and what he’d change in the film, with a fan who had tweeted the filmmaker praise regarding the film.

Thank you so much. I know it’s a controversial film, I really tried to make something different, with a look and voice of its own.

I took 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 version of how each character should look and walk and talk. If you set out to make a mass appear movie, it’s easy to end up with vanilla. But I went for it. 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.

The movie was wildly successful commercially. And the World got introduced into some very cool characters in the DC Universe. And that success is due exactly to the wonder and power of DC, of its characters. Would I do a lot of things different? Yep, for sure.

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. I love making movies and I love DC. I’m a High School dropout and used to paint houses for a living. I’m so 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.)

Check the tweet here:

Hat’s off to Ayer, he isn’t scared to speak his mind. Even against his own work. My main issue with “Suicide Squad” was the villain, and he see’s that fault. If the Joker was the films villain it would have made more sense, plus seeing Harley Quinn go up against the love her life would have offered the film and the SKWAD a whole different dynamic.

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He shouldn’t be too hard on himself, the film was successful, it introduced us to more cool and interesting characters and opened up the DC Extended Universe even more. I have high hopes for Ayer’s next dabble in the DC sandbox with “Suicide Squad” spin-off “Gotham City Sirens” in which he will re-team with Margot Robbie.


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