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David Ayer Says Suicide Squad Criticism Readied Him For Bright Criticism

Written by Tim Midura on Wednesday, December 27 2017 and posted in News with Benefits

David Ayer Says Suicide Squad Criticism Readied Him For Bright Criticism

Making a good movie might stave off criticism too.

Source: Entertainment Tonight

David Ayer's most recent cinematic excursion Bright is faring better than his previous Suicide Squad, but not by much. Suicide Squad is sitting at 26% on Rotten Tomatoes, while Bright is slightly higher at 30%. On IMDB, Suicide Squad has a 6.1/10, with Bright ahead of it at 6.6/10. But Ayer has prepped himself for this.

The director says he "got his throat cut" by Suicide Squad's reviews. We're not sure if this is a metaphor or if Ayer printed out the reviews to physically cut his throat. Judging by the amount of reviews he would have to print out, the stack would presumably be too thick to do any damage.

It was shit. Yeah, it was shit reviews. I got my throat cut. It was a super polarizing movie. Incredibly polarizing.

He then went on to compare directing to a job where you get repeatedly punched in the head, which would explain his style of directing.

"It made me gun shy. It's like going to the boxing ring and getting knocked out is how it felt. And I had to go into the ring again. And directing is a confidence game, because you're selling everyone on something that only exists in your head. The actors have to feel that confidence to trust that you know what you're doing, and so does your crew. As a director, you set the tone. Really, it's coming off that movie, I understood the pitfalls, I understood the dangers, I knew where the alligators hide, you know? And so I made damn sure I didn't repeat any mistakes."

Despite all the negativity, the director is ready for another Warner Bros. project.

You know, I'm not a film school guy. I didn't go to college. I'm kind of vocational in my outlook, and it's like, Now I know how to make that movie! Now I could fix Suicide Squad! So... And I love the comic IPs. I mean, I'm a comic geek. And I love Warner Bros. and I would definitely go back.

Ayer was previously attached to a Gotham City Sirens film.


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Born in the frozen tundra of Massachusetts, Tim Midura has long possessed a love for comic books and records. After stealing the beard of Zeus and inventing the pizza bagel, a much more heavily tattooed and bearded Tim Midura has finally settled in San Diego. He's the world's first comics journalist who doesn't want to become a comics writer. Find him on twitter, facebook or by email.

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