Batman v Superman has had a rough go of it even before it hit theaters. The film was panned by critics and fan reception was overwhelmingly polarizing. While it apparently didn’t meet box office expectations set by Warner Bros., it still had a fantastic run. For a while, it seemed as though the DCEU was already facing hardships, but the last few weeks have seen a turn around. Many who disliked the film’s theatrical cut are now singing its praises, following the release of the Ultimate Edition. That excitement was only accelerated by the release of Wonder Woman and Justice League trailers. Next at bat to carry on this momentum is David Ayer’s Suicide Squad.
In an interview with JoBlo, the director shared his opinion of Batman v Superman:
“I liked it a lot. I love Zack; he is probably the biggest fan of DC Comics. He has an incredible passion in a very specific way, a specific take on it. He’s a smart guy, and I think he heard everybody, he heard them loud and clear, and you grow and you evolve. I thought it was a stunning movie, absolutely stunning. I wish I could get some of those shots in the can. The guy’s an amazing visualist.”
Because David Ayer’s a director in the DC Films line-up, the sincerity of his words are left to the reader. He seems genuine, though, and no one will deny that Zack Snyder has an eye like no other. However, like it or not, BvS has put the rest of the film slate in an awkward position. There’s an expectation, perhaps a desire, for the next DCEU films to live up to a standard many believe the prior to projects never met. Since Suicide Squad is first, so all of the pressure is being shifted to the villainous ensemble. Ayer addressed this, as well:
“I think the pressure is always to make a good movie, and in this day and age you have to expect the pressure. We kind of started out as the cool little brother, and now there’s definitely a lot of scrutiny, but they’re doing amazing things over there. Geoff Johns really has a handle on where this universe is going. A lot of talented directors, it’s going to be a beautiful thing. I’m pretty confident, and I’m proud to be one of the ships in this big fleet that’s coming at the world.”
Hopes are high and we’ll see how well David Ayer steered this ship when Suicide Squad opens August 5.
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