Suicide Squad was, undoubtedly, one of the most critically panned films of 2016. It didn’t live up to its hype. The fans know it, the actors know it, and the film’s director, David Ayer, definitely knows it.
Now that it’s been a few months after the storm and that he is planning on redeeming himself with the Harley Quinn Squad-less Gotham City Sirens, Ayer has taken to Twitter to admit that Suicide Squad was full of mistakes and that there are some things he would change if he could. Namely, the film’s focus.
Ayer has always defended the film, though, and while claiming that it was one of the best experiences of his life, the time has come for him to acknowledge that not everything was perfect.
Suicide Squad was heavily edited and re-shot before its release, which didn’t help the final cut. It didn’t help either that Margot Robbie revealed she and Jared Leto had filmed plenty of scenes that didn’t make it to the final version.
So what is Ayer’s biggest regret? That would be turning Leto’s Joker into a supporting player (supporting of the supporting, if we want to go further). For all the publicity Leto’s character got before the film’s release, his appearance in the film was more of a footnote.
Sharing a note on the film on Twitter, Ayer said he wished he “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.”
— David Ayer (@DavidAyerMovies) January 21, 2017