Ayer would make The Joker the main Suicide Squad villain if he could do it again
In a very candid response on Twitter to a fan, writer and director David Ayer said he would have made Jared Leto’s Joker the main Suicide Squad villain and the story more grounded if he could go back in time and do it again.
“Thank you so much. I know it’s a controversial film, I really tried to make something different, with a look and a voice of its own,” Ayer told the fan who called the movie a “masterpiece.” Ayer continued:
“I took inspiration from the insanity of the original comics. Making a movie is a journey, not a straight line. I learned so much. People want what they want, and everyone has a personal vision of how each character should look and walk and talk. If you set out to make a mass appeal movie, it’s easy to end up with vanilla. But I went for it. And I know Squad has its flaws, Hell, the World knows it. Nothing hurts more than to pick up a newspaper and see a couple years of your blood, sweat and tears ripped to shreds. The hate game is strong out there.
“The movie was wildly successful commercially. And the World got introduced into some very cool characters in the DC Universe. And that success is due exactly to the wonder and power of DC, of its characters. Would I do a lot of things different? Yep, for sure.
“Wish I had a time machine. I’d make Joker the main villain and engineer a more grounded story. I have to take the good and bad and learn from it. I love making movies and I love DC. I’m a High School dropout and used to paint houses for a living. I’m lucky to have the job I have. I have to give the characters the stories and plots they deserve next time. Real talk. (And no, there isn’t a secret edit of the film with a bunch of Joker scenes hidden in a salt mine somewhere.)”
Suicide Squad, which was made for about $175 million, grossed $745.6 million worldwide last year, with $325.1 million of that coming from North America and $420.5 million earned overseas. Since the release, it’s also been announced that Ayer will reteam with Margot Robbie on a Gotham City Sirens movie, which will feature Robbie’s Harley Quinn front and center. More female DC Comics characters will be introduced in the film, with possibly Catwoman and Poison Ivy being main characters.
Suicide Squad stars Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman, Viola Davis, Jai Courtney, Jay Hernandez, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Ike Barinholtz, Scott Eastwood, Cara Delevingne, Adam Beach, and Karen Fukuhara in her feature film debut.
It feels good to be bad… Assemble a team of the world’s most dangerous, incarcerated Super-Villains, provide them with the most powerful arsenal at the government’s disposal, and send them off on a mission to defeat an enigmatic, insuperable entity. U.S. intelligence officer Amanda Waller has determined only a secretly convened group of disparate, despicable individuals with next to nothing to lose will do. However, once they realize they weren’t picked to succeed but chosen for their patent culpability when they inevitably fail, will the Suicide Squad resolve to die trying, or decide it’s every man for himself?
— David Ayer (@DavidAyerMovies) January 21, 2017