MANILA, Philippines – Is Suicide Squad about the worst heroes ever – or just the worst hero movie ever? Some have been savage with their reviews, calling it “dead on arrival,” “mind-bogglingly stupid,” “just bad” – and the filmmaker and the cast have certainly seen these.
Cara Delevingne, who plays Enchantress, told Reuters at the film’s London premiere: “The critics have been absolutely horrific. They’re really, really horrible. You know, I just don’t think they like superhero movies.”
She added, that the “movie isn’t perfect,” and “it doesn’t really matter what the critics said… it’s the fans that we made this movie for.”
Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn) echoed Cara’s sentiment. “At the end of the day, critical acclaim is really nice, but we made it for the fans. And if the fans like it, we did our job.”
Joel Kinnaman (Rick Flag) also thought the same, telling Digital Spy, “Of course, you want critical acclaim, of course. But what matters is what the fans think.”
“We’re really proud of this film. We love making it,” he added. “This is like a work of love, and I hope the fans like it.”
Watch the Digital Spy interview:
Karen Fukuhara (Katana) also told Digital Spy: “We honestly made it for the hardcore DC fans, and I just hope that they enjoy the movie.”
Jay Hernandez (El Diablo) said, “I think it sucks. Obviously, we worked hard and tried to give the fans what they wanted.”
He also weighed in on specific tirades launched against the film: “It’s weird that some of the criticism I heard was that it was ‘too much like a comic book’, in terms of you have these characters being objectified like Harley Quinn, there are just certain elements that are just part of being a comic book.
“And if you’re trying to portray that [in] a film, and you sort of have to be true to that because if you don’t, the fans of the comics are gonna be offended. So you’re trying to satisfy a lot of people.”
“I think we did it, so the critics can kiss my *ss,” he later quipped.
Will Smith, who plays Deadshot, commended director David Ayer for “what he did, what he was able to create, how he was able to take this DC [Comics] world and bend it into a really different thing. He made a really unique thing.”
He added, “I think people had expectations that may have been different, but I’m excited for the fans that get to vote.”
Director David Ayer defended his work, “I made the movie for real people who live in the real world. I made the movie for people who actually love movies and go and see movies… The fans are really gonna enjoy this.
He previously tweeted in defense of the film, quoting Mexican revolutionary figure Emiliano Zapata: “Prefiero morir de pie que vivir de rodillas,” which Entertainment Weekly translated to: “I’d rather die on my feet than live on my knees.”
Prefiero morir de pie que vivir de rodillas – Emiliano Zapata— David Ayer (@DavidAyerMovies) August 2, 2016
He explained his quote, saying that it was his “way of saying I love the movie and believe in it.”
David added that he “made it for the fans. Best experience of my life.”
Zapata quote is my way of saying I love the movie and believe in it. Made it for the fans. Best experience of my life.— David Ayer (@DavidAyerMovies) August 2, 2016
Some DC Comics fans have demanded for the closure of review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes in response to the bad reviews, which they perceived as “unjust.”
The tepid response to David Ayer’s film has piled further pressure on Warner to finally produce a film to match the critical success of rival studio Marvel’s superhero universe.
April’s Captain America: Civil War made more than $1.1 billion worldwide and has a 90% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 320 reviews.
What the critics think of Suicide Squad may not matter, however, if it manages to emulate the financial performance of its predecessors.
DC’s Man of Steel (2013) managed 56 percent on Rotten Tomatoes while Batman v Superman is sitting on a woeful 27 percent rating – but the films made a healthy $1.5 billion between them.
Watch some highlights from the European premiere via Warner Bros UK’s YouTube:
– with reports from Agence France-Presse / Rappler.com