Despite being one of 2016’s most commercially successful movies, Suicide Squad was ripped to shreds by critics and is regarded as one of the worst superhero/comic book movies ever made. Suffice it to say, neither Warner Bros. or the film’s director David Ayer expected Suicide Squad to receive such a negative reaction and the experience of delivering such a reviled film left a lasting impression on the filmmaker.
“It was sh–. Yeah, it was sh– reviews. I got my throat cut,” Ayer acknowledged to Entertainment Weekly in a recent interview. “It was a super polarizing movie. Incredibly polarizing.”
Ayer went on to explain how Suicide Squad’s negative reception left him feeling nervous when it came time to direct his next film, Bright, for Netflix. “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 [ed note: is that a killer croc pun?], you know? And so I made damn sure I didn’t repeat any mistakes.”
And while Bright was also very poorly received by critics, Ayer seems to be taking the film’s negative reception in stride, even going so far as having a special plan for the critic who called it “the single worst movie of 2017.”
“This is going on my fridge,” Ayer said of the quote. “Highest compliment is a strong reaction either way. This is a f–king epic review. It’s a big fun movie. You can sure string words together Mr. [Ehrlich]. I’d love to read any script you’ve written.”
In our review, we called Bright one of Netflix’s most ambitious movie projects yet, but not without quite a few shortcomings. What did you think of Bright? Let us know in the comments!