Director David Ayer has openly expressed his frustration towards Hollywood executives regarding the handling of “Suicide Squad.” During an appearance on Jon Bernthal’s “Real Ones” podcast, the filmmaker vehemently conveyed how the alterations made to his highly acclaimed project led to its downfall.
Ayer remarked, “Hollywood — I tell people — is like watching someone you love get f***ed by someone you hate.” He further added, “The big one is ‘Suicide Squad.’ That s**t broke me. That handed me my a**.”
Throughout the podcast, Ayer emphasized that he took the helm of “Suicide Squad” following the success of his 2014 film “Fury.” He recalled, “Come right off ‘Fury,’ right? I had the town in my hand — could’ve done anything, and I did do anything. And [I] go on this journey with [‘Suicide Squad’]. And the same thing — authentic, truthful, let’s do all the rehearsal, let’s really get in each other’s souls. Let’s create this amazing, collaborative thing, right?”
He continued, “And then ‘Deadpool’ opened, right? And they never tested ‘Batman v. Superman,’ so they were expecting a different result, and then they got hammered by all the critics. Then it’s like, ‘Okay, we’re going to turn David Ayer’s dark, soulful movie into a f**king comedy now.’”
“Suicide Squad,” released in 2016, failed to make a significant impact at the box office, facing audience rejection.
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