American filmmaker and screenwriter David Ayer is well-known for his association with the billion-dollar superhero franchise DC. He is the brains behind Margot Robbie and Will Smith’s Suicide Squad. He is also credited for the screenplay of Training Day, The Fast and the Furious, and S.W.A.T

David Ayer
David Ayer

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The former American mariner started his stint with direction with Harsh Times, which dealt with drug abuse based in Los Angeles. He came to prominence with DC’s Suicide Squad. Recently the director spoke about the superhero franchise and even suggested a solution via tweet.

David Ayer Feels The Dark And Intense Plot Of DC Movies Can Help The Superhero Franchise

After the back-to-back failures from the House of DC, the road ahead looks shrouded with uncertainties for the superhero franchise. From the start of 2023, DC saw the release of three projects – Zachary Levi’s Shazam! Fury of the Gods, Dwayne Johnson’s Black Adam, and the much anticipated Ezra Miller’s The Flash. The three projects fell flat both critically and commercially at the box office, creating a problematic situation for the DC franchise.

Director David Ayer took to social media and addressed the issue of DC projects failing to strike a chord with the audience. He tweeted on X, previously known as Twitter. His tweet mentioned-

“Easy solve. Let filmmakers have their vision. Don’t operate from fear. Be daring. Look at what worked. Don’t chase the market. DC has always had the best characters in publishing. Dark intense and thoughtful is the brand.”

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David Ayer got associated with the reputed superhero with his 2016 release Suicide Squad. The movie deals with a team of incarcerated supervillains who are assembled by a U.S. intelligence officer, Amanda Waller to execute dangerous operations.

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The End of Watch filmmaker was disappointed with the decision to tweak his version of the sci-fi adventure Suicide Squad. The director has been very vocal about the butchering of his highly anticipated project by WB. Despite all this, Suicide Squad went on to perform well at the box office.


David Ayer On The Butchering Of Suicide Squad By WB

During his appearance on Jon Bernthal’s Real Ones podcast, David Ayer spoke about the much-hyped tweaking of his version of Suicide Squad by the billion-dollar production house WB. He said-

“Hollywood — I tell people — is like watching someone you love get fucked by someone you hate. The big one is ‘Suicide Squad.’ That sh*t broke me. That handed me my a**.”

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David Ayer’s Suicide Squad

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He further added-

“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? 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 fucking comedy now.’”

Despite being subjected to critical bashing by the critics and audience, David Ayer’s Suicide Squad went on to become the ninth highest-grossing movie at the domestic office in 2016. Made on a budget of $175 million, the movie went on to make $747 million at the box office.

Suicide Squad is currently available on Max for streaming.


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