Suicide Squad director David Ayer landed himself in a bit of controversy earlier this week when he echoed an enthusiastic fan’s “F–k Marvel” exclamation at the film’s world premiere in New York City. Ayer later apologized for the remark, saying that he was just caught up in the moment and meant no disrespect to his fellow filmmakers.
Most sensible people are over the whole thing by now, but even if they’re not, Stan Lee himself has now weighed in to silence Ayer’s critics. Not only does the Marvel Comics legend have no issue with Ayer’s f-bomb, but he considers it a compliment:
Seriously, be sure to watch the video Lee embeds in that tweet, as he does a variation of a routine popularized by Dustin Hoffman in Bob Fosse’s film Lenny (1974). As you can see, there are no hard feelings between Marvel and David Ayer, who sent Lee a heartfelt reply:
You're The Man sir. You made my childhood a nicer place! https://t.co/OL97XfQcTn
— David Ayer (@DavidAyerMovies) August 4, 2016
Suicide Squad hits theaters August 5.