Suicide Squad: David Ayer Says Joker Should’ve Been Main Villain


David Ayer admits mistakes were made with Suicide Squad

Suicide Squad may have made money, but it received quite the critical drubbing. It was fairly obvious that a lot of edits and changes were made to try and make the movie into something it was never originally intended to be.

Now director David Ayer has made some lengthy statements about the film, and they are surprisingly honest and upfront. He notes that he made some mistakes, but that he also learned a lot. Here’s what he said about Suicide Squad:

"I know it’s a controversial film, I really tried to make something different, with a look and a 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 vision of how each character should look and walk and talk. If you set out to make a mass appeal 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 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 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 slat mine somewhere.)"

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It’s a refreshingly honest response. And it gives me hope that since Ayer is continuing to work in the DCEU with Gotham City Sirens, that he can take those lessons and make a really great film. Would Joker have worked as the main villain of the piece? Possibly. I don’t think there was necessarily anything wrong with Enchantress as the villain, but Cara Delevigne did a terrible job playing her and the movie used the character very poorly along with a really tired destroy the world plot. All we can really hope for is that since Harley Quinn’s cinematic future is pretty much in Ayer’s hands, he really shows what he’s capable of next time…

h/t Comicbook.Com