Suicide Squad is on course for a 40% box-office drop in it’s second weekend
By Beth McConnell – Suicide Squad creator John Ostrander has recently revealed his thoughts on the live-action movie, whilst admitting he’s biased toward the content, he also stated he can see the film has flaws. However, his biggest gripe is aimed toward critics who critically destroyed the movie. Speaking on the subject he said
“I know some of the critics, both in print and online, do not like the movie. That’s okay; everyone has a right to their own opinion even when it’s wrong. My problem is that, at least with some of the media reviews, is that the critic is also tired of superhero and “tentpole” films and, overtly or covertly, would like to see their end. Look, I get it – they have to see all the films out there and they must be tired of all the blockbusters.
If every superhero film is not The Dark Knight, they’ll bitch. I think that’s going on here to a certain degree. Just as I came prepared to love the movie, they came prepared to hate it.
Are their [sic] problems with the film? Sure. The antagonist(s) are not well defined and, to my mind, you need a good antagonist to help define the protagonist(s). It’s the antagonist who usually sets the plot in motion and it is defined by what they want. The story is a little more generic “we have to save the world” than I usually did; I always liked having one foot squarely in reality.
I also liked having a political and/or social edge in my Squad stories. That would also give a greater feel of reality and I don’t see that here.
That said, my artistic DNA is all over the place. This is The Dirty Dozen with supervillains and that’s my concept. They did that and did it well.
As for some of the online haters – if a film doesn’t fit their pre-conceived notion, it is wrong. Female Ghostbusters, a black Deadshot, Ben Affleck as Batman (Affleck, by the way, does cameos as both Batman and Bruce Wayne in Suicide Squad and is terrific) – these are all sins and must be decried.
Give me a f*cking break.”
The movie has certainly divided fans, much like earlier DC works. It’s rumoured Warner Bro’s won’t consider the movie a success unless it reaches the $800m mark. On the Jump Scare podcast this week we discussed whether or not DC is in trouble following on from our Suicide Squad review.