While Suicide Squad has been met with critical backlash, the DC film has gotten a glowing review from a member of the family — Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins.
Wednesday night following the movie’s premiere in London, the director of the highly-anticipated female superhero film chimed in with her thoughts on the David Ayer project. She tweeted, “Uh… You guys. Super confused. Just went to the premiere of #SuicideSquad. Hadn’t seen it. It’s great! Not sort of great. GREAT! I mean…” Jenkins then continued in a new tweet, “…I loved it. So surprised by some reviews. I don’t get it. I thought it was awesome. And NOT just because I’m in the DC world. Truly.”
Jenkins’ endorsement of the film is a much needed one for the DC project, which is currently boasting a 28 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. One person sure to appreciate the support from a fellow director in the DC universe is Ayer, who has been under siege with poor reviews.
He felt the need to defend his film on Tuesday, when on Twitter he quoted the Mexican revolutionary Emiliano Zapata, “Prefiero morir de pie que vivir de rodillas,” which roughly translates to, “I’d rather die on my feet than live on my knees.” Ayer later followed up by saying the quote was “my way of saying I love the movie and believe in it. Made it for the fans. Best experience of my life.”
Squad stars Cara Delevingne, Will Smith, Joel Kinnaman, and Jay Hernandez weighed in on the reviews as well; Delevingne called them “really horrible,” while Hernandez said “it sucks” being on the receiving end of the poor commentary.
Wonder Woman, which stars Gal Gadot and opens on June 2, 2017, debuted its first trailer at Comic-Con last month to rave reviews with fans excited to finally see a female superhero get her own film.
Suicide Squad, which also stars Margot Robbie and Jared Leto, among others, opens Friday.