David Ayer reflects on Suicide Squad: I’d do things differently, including making Joker the main villain

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Wow! Suicide Squad director David Ayer just got brutally honest on Twitter in response to a fan.

The fan just told Ayer that he loved the movie, but Ayer used the opportunity to reflect on the entire process. But most surprisingly, Ayer said he’d do things completely differently if he could go back in time and change things. Check out Ayer’s full response below:

Thank you so much. I know it’s a controversial film, I really tired to make something different, with a look and voice of its own.

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 version of how each character should look and walk and talk. If you set out to make a mass appear 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 so 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.)

That is incredible to hear from a director. You can tell that’s all been bottled up since last summer, and boy did he let it all out. Now I want to see that movie! I really liked Suicide Squad, and the only thing I didn’t like was Enchantress as the villain and all the CGI associated with her and her brother. A more grounded movie with The Joker as the main villain would’ve been amazing.

But maybe Ayer will get his chance to make that movie. He’s directing Gotham City Sirens next, a movie featuring Harley Quinn, Catwoman, and Poison Ivy. Jared Leto teased some Joker items on social media last week. Could he be getting ready to be the main villain that he deserves to play? Stay tuned to Batman News for more as we get it.

For now, let me know what you think of David Ayer’s very honest open letter in the comments section below.

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