This Friday will see the release of Suicide Squad, the third film to be released as part of the DC Extended Universe after Man Of Steel and Batman v. Superman: Dawn Of Justice. And those who may not have enjoyed those first two films and was hoping that Suicide Squad would come along and be the saving grace that promised them a good time at their friendly neighborhood movie theater…may just have to keep waiting until the release of Wonder Woman next year, if some of these early reviews are to be believed.
Since the review embargo was lifted this past Tuesday, it seems that many critics haven’t had too many kind things to say about Suicide Squad. To be fair, some critics (including Bilge Ebiri of The Village Voice as well as our own Kristy Puchko) liked and enjoyed what they saw.
Forget the critics: 7 reasons "Suicide Squad" is undeniably awesome if you’re a fanboy https://t.co/WBEFyahung— Washington Post (@washingtonpost) August 3, 2016
Other critics seemed to like and enjoy Suicide Squad less.
#SuicideSquad is a hot mess of a film, sloppy and at times incoherent. Both underdeveloped and overlong, and not nearly fun enough. Bummer 💀— Terri Schwartz (@Terri_Schwartz) August 4, 2016
A lot less. And very determined on letting everyone know how much they didn’t like it.
SUICIDE SQUAD is incredibly bad. A bad, bad movie. My review! https://t.co/psS9sn3h60— Richard Lawson (@rilaws) August 2, 2016
I was really looking forward to SUICIDE SQUAD. I like David Ayer. I hated this movie. https://t.co/ssaUVMzERA— Matt Singer (@mattsinger) August 2, 2016
It's like David Ayer didn't know what racist tropes to put in the movie so he chose all of them. #SuicideSquad— Angelica Jade (@angelicabastien) August 3, 2016
SUICIDE SQUAD is the greatest example in recent memory about how diversity in front of the camera doesn't matter if it isn't behind it too.— Angelica Jade (@angelicabastien) August 3, 2016
So much so that at least a couple of people made it clear that some critics really should knock that shit off.
For God's sake, sites. Stop purposely baiting fans in your headlines w/ deliberately nasty headlines for movie reviews. YOU'RE NOT HELPING.— Alisha Grauso (@AlishaGrauso) August 2, 2016
Everyone is entitled to opinion: fans and critics. But it is disheartening to see the amount of people who actively enjoy savaging a film.— Ben Kendrick (@benkendrick) August 2, 2016
Calling #SuicideSquad "the most disappointing movie of all time" is pretty overt hyperbole. The attempts to one-up in the press get silly.— Mark Hughes (@markhughesfilms) August 3, 2016
I wish critics would actually review movies…— Wedding Whisperer (@insanityreport) August 3, 2016
…instead of trying to out douchebag each other with who can make the most over the top negative statements— Wedding Whisperer (@insanityreport) August 3, 2016
When you constantly pile-on a movie instead of reviewing it, it gets to a point where people just don't give a fuck about reviewers anymore.— Bizarro New Day (@3BlackGeeks) August 3, 2016
The animosity towards Suicide Squad coming from many a critic only upset many a fan of DC’s films, who once again saw them getting the sort of hostile treatment that would never be shown towards anything made and released by Marvel.
Marvel movie critique:— BATMAN (@Batmancanseeyou) August 3, 2016
This not so much
If your a Marvel fan you'll love it.
DC movie critique:— BATMAN (@Batmancanseeyou) August 3, 2016
[email protected]@%% garbage
Has that director ever talked to a woman?
I hope all the people die
im loving this tea 🐸☕️ pic.twitter.com/XUdtyQUD1N— memes & mullets #BLM (@whelmedwally) August 3, 2016
i understand wishing the dc movies would do well critically but after mos/bvs i have no illusions about how critics react to the dceu.— l.l. (@lexaluthor) August 2, 2016
So critics dislike the weak villain but praise Marvel's movies because we remember the last three Marvel villains right?— Lets Talk Flash! ⚡️ (@TalkingTheFlash) August 2, 2016
There are some people who will just never be happy with DC Films no matter their quality.— Scott Stamper (@DerfelMarek) August 2, 2016
Some of these fans were so upset about the critical lambasting that they decided to declare all-out war on, of all things, Rotten Tomatoes and create a petition to have the website shut down. Granted, the creators of this same petition seemed to have overlooked the fact that Rotten Tomatoes (as well as DC Comics and DC Entertainment) is owned by Warner Bros., the movie studio that released Suicide Squad, but then again, who needs logic and common sense when you’re calling for the destruction of a website that simply collects and aggregates movie reviews, not writes them.
Hey dummies, @RottenTomatoes doesn't write the reviews. They just collate them. Don't kill the messenger.— Scott Weinberg (@scottEweinberg) August 2, 2016
PSA: Turning a few bizarre fans/trolls' silly petition into news doesn't reveal a problem with the DC fandom, but your definition of 'news.'— DCEU Facts (@dceufacts) August 3, 2016
Rotten Tomatoes isn't going anywhere. Neither are stupid people, sadly.— (((Alan Cerny))) (@NordlingCS) August 3, 2016
Things didn’t get any better yesterday when The Hollywood Reporter posted an article about the behind-the-scenes drama that seems to explain a lot in terms of why Suicide Squad has getting the negative response that it has so far.
Warners chief Kevin Tsujihara announced the project in October 2014 as part of a slate of 10 DC films stretching into 2020. Though the studio believed there was enough time to get the movie done, a source with ties to the project says it was a sprint from the start. “[Ayer] wrote the script in like, six weeks, and they just went,” he says, arguing that the whole process would have benefited if Ayer, 48, had been given more time to work. But another source closely involved with the film says once it was dated, pushing back the release was not an option: “It’s not just that you’ve told the public the movie is coming, you’ve made huge deals around the world with huge branding partners, with merchandise partners. It’s a really big deal to move a tentpole date.”
A source with knowledge of events says Warners executives, nervous from the start, grew more anxious after they were blindsided and deeply rattled by the tepid response to BvS. “Kevin was really pissed about damage to the brand,” says one executive close to the studio. A key concern for Warners executives was that Suicide Squad didn’t deliver on the fun, edgy tone promised in the strong teaser trailer for the film. So while Ayer pursued his original vision, Warners set about working on a different cut, with an assist from Trailer Park, the company that had made the teaser.
In May, Ayer’s more somber version and a lighter, studio-favored version were tested with audiences in Northern California. “If there are multiple opinions that aren’t in sync, you go down multiple tracks — two tracks at least,” says an insider. “That was the case here for a period of time, always trying to get to a place where you have consensus.” Those associated with the film insist Ayer agreed to and participated in the process. Once feedback on the two versions was analyzed, it became clear it was possible to get to “a very common-ground place.” (The studio-favored version with more characters introduced early in the film and jazzed-up graphics won.)
Depending on how much of this was true, the thought of Warner Bros./DC performing so much editorial interference, especially after how much they boasted about letting their directors do their own thing when making their films in comparison to how Marvel Studios operates when working with directors didn’t sit well with many and only increased the number of “What kind of fuckery is this?!” comments coming from many people about Suicide Squad:
Hi. Don't write a script in 6 weeks and then start shooting it.— Jessica Ellis (@baddestmamajama) August 3, 2016
I don't care who the fuck you are. pic.twitter.com/UrDzbTs0tj
I want to root for WB and DC soooo hard.— Connor (@ConnorFilm) August 3, 2016
But when I hear shit like this Suicide Squad editing mess, it makes it quite difficult.
Reason that a few of Joker's scenes were cut from SS is because Leto slapping around Margot and stuff tested REALLY badly with audiences.— Connor (@ConnorFilm) August 3, 2016
All the drama with the DCU is merely another reminder what a miracle TDK trilogy was.— Michael Black (@AgentBigfoot) August 3, 2016
I think it's safe to say the whole "filmmaker-driven" myth in pertains to the DCEU has been debunked— Luke Charles (@WakandaFist) August 3, 2016
I love that the BvS Blu-Ray has the ultimate cut on it. But that should've been the anomaly for the DCEU, not the norm.— Dan Døherty (@DDoherty_) August 3, 2016
YOU CAN'T KEEP RELEASING CHOPPY FILMS IN THEATERS, THEN PUT A SUPERIOR DIRECTOR'S CUT ON BLU RAY LIKE THAT MAKES IT OKAY.— Dan Døherty (@DDoherty_) August 3, 2016
#BvS should have been allowed to be the film Snyder intended it to be. And it seems this is the same with Ayer's vision. It's sad— Arrogant Alien (@SonofArrogance) August 3, 2016
I've tweeted this before but it bares repeating. You CANNOT promise creative #freedom and then renege on that in the editing room.— Arrogant Alien (@SonofArrogance) August 3, 2016
Despite all of this, there are still many people who are very much interested in going to see Suicide Squad, myself included.
"Suicide Squad reviews were bad, you still going to see it?"— Sapphire (@Soulphire) August 2, 2016
And if the box-office is impressive enough to drown out all of the naysayers, that will be more than enough to make Warner Bros./DC happy for now.
That being said, I do share this sentiment when it comes to Wonder Woman and the hopes that Warner Bros./DC will leave director Patty Jenkins and her editors alone, and that they do not fuck this up:
WB: Hey, Patty, we're having second thoughts about Wonder Wom….— Jermaine Dickerson (@jermainedesign) August 3, 2016
Me: NOOOOOOO… pic.twitter.com/sppWObONgd
WB better take a long hard look at Wonder Woman while they still have the chance. Let Patty make her film and keep yalls hands off— Cartoons and Cereal (@BlckBolex) August 3, 2016
Me if (when?) WONDER WOMAN comes out and is revealed to be trash. pic.twitter.com/n7ziJLvYqb— Angelica Jade (@angelicabastien) August 3, 2016
And if all of that wasn’t clear enough in expressing how many fans feel regarding Wonder Woman and every other film to come in the DC Extended Universe, I’ll just let RuPaul have the last word: