SDCC 2017: David Ayer explains his decision to direct Gotham City Sirens


David Ayer has provided some insight into why he chose Gotham City Sirens over Suicide Squad 2.

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Despite its mixed to negative critical reception, Suicide Squad was a financial hit, snagging $745.6 million at the box office. As a result, Warner Bros. and DC Films are currently developing a sequel. However, the biggest surprise was director David Ayer’s decision not to return in order to direct Gotham City Sirens. As a result, the studio is searching for a new director. Ayer had never given a reason for this decision … until now.

While promoting his upcoming film, Bright, at San Diego Comic-Con, Ayer caught up with IGN and explained that the chance to focus on three powerful female leads was a major factor in his decision:

"“It’s a story about three fantastic women who’re trying to find their way in the world, and realize that they have more power together than they do individually.”"

He also added that the project is somewhat personal due to his having daughters:

"“I have daughters, and I want to create something that might be able to help them get along in the world a little bit.”"

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While many are still skeptical of the project, Ayer does present some very compelling reasons for wanting to bring this story to life. The movie would bring together three of the most powerful (and unsavory) women in the DC Universe together. If done correctly, the impact could be significant.

Suicide Squad may have had a divisive response, but no one can deny Ayer is a skilled director. If he has his way, fans could get the all-female DCEU film that they’ve been waiting for.