It feels like nearly everyone has weighed in on the Suicide Squad debate at this point, but most of those voices don’t measure up to the opinion of John Ostrander, the comic book writer who helped revamp the squad back in the late 80s. So what did Ostrander think of David Ayer’s adaptation of his work?
“I really liked the film. Not perfect by a long shot, but a really good time in the movie theater. And for me a lot of it was just amazing,” he writes in a piece for Comicnix. “The look, the detail, the feel of the film is not something I’ve seen in superhero movies before.”
While Ostrander was a big fan of what the film accomplished, he doesn’t hold back in pointing out the film’s flaws as well.
“The antagonist(s) are not well defined and, to my mind, you need a good antagonist to help define the protagonist(s),” he wrote. “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.”
Although he recognizes the film’s flaws, Ostrander takes issue with the film’s negative reviews, arguing that it seems like many critics came at it from a place of disinterest and are sick of the superhero genre to begin with.
“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,” he wrote. “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.”
Suicide Squad currently holds the record for the biggest August opening weekend ever at the box office, so clearly many viewers are fine with the film not being The Dark Knight.
(Source: Hollywood Reporter)