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‘Suicide Squad’ Director David Ayer Rejects Film’s Terrible Reviews

The director is joined by thousands of avid DC Comics fans in renouncing the savage critical backlash against "Suicide Squad."

"Suicide Squad"

“Suicide Squad”

Warner Bros.

David Ayer is no stranger to bad reviews (three of his last five films have Rotten Tomatoes ratings well below 50%), but the critical backlash that was unleashed against the director yesterday after the “Suicide Squad” review embargo was lifted represents some of the worst notices of his career. IndieWire’s own David Ehrlich gave the film a D+, writing, “Just when you think the summer movie season can’t get any worse, along come the ‘Worst. Heroes. Ever.'” He later referred to the film as “mundane, milquetoast, and often mind-bogglingly stupid.”

READ MORE: ‘Suicide Squad’ Review: These Heroes May Be Bad, But Their Movie Is Even Worse

Ehrlich seems to be in the majority given the large negative reaction, but Ayer is taking the reviews in stride. In the midst of one bad review after another, the director sent out two defiant statements on Twitter:

Ayer’s comments that he “made it for the fans” certainly echoes Zach Snyder’s reaction to the hostile reviews “Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice” received earlier this year. Of course, fans will be the ultimate deciding factor of the film’s success, and interest seems to be sky high as the movie is still tracking for a weekend debut north of $120 million. The film, about a task force of villains who come together to stop an evil force and reduce their prison sentences, stars Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Viola Davis and Jared Leto.

Fortunately for Ayer, he’ll be able to redeem himself soon as he directs Will Smith in the big-budget science-fiction movie “Bright” for Netflix. “Suicide Squad” opens this Friday in theaters nationwide via Warner Brothers.

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