Suicide Squad comic creator: Critics 'came prepared to hate' the movie
When the review embargo on Suicide Squad lifted last week, the latest big-screen DC Comics adaptation was met with mediocre — if not downright vitriolic — reviews. Currently, David Ayer’s supervillain epic holds only a 26 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes (although that didn’t stop Suicide Squad from breaking box office records and opening to a whopping $135 million this weekend).
One person who enjoyed the film, however, was original Suicide Squad comic creator John Ostrander, who wrote a lengthy review for the site ComicMix.
After acknowledging that he is, of course, “biased” and “prejudiced” with “a vested interest in its success,” Ostrander revealed that he actually “really liked the film,” praising cast members like Viola Davis, Will Smith, and Margot Robbie. He gave particular props to Smith for deviating slightly from the Deadshot portrayed in the comics and for making the character his own.
Ostrander added that he believes many of the film critics came into Suicide Squad with preconceived notions, arguing that many of them are “tired of superhero and ‘tentpole’ films” and took it out on Suicide Squad.
“If every superhero film is not The Dark Knight, they’ll bitch,” Ostrander wrote. “I think that’s going on here to a certain degree. Just as I came prepared to love the movie, they came prepared to hate it.”
Still, although Ostrander’s response was overwhelmingly positive, he did write that he had his own problems with the film.
“The antagonist(s) are not well defined and, to my mind, you need a good antagonist to help define the protagonist(s),” he added. “It’s the antagonist who usually sets the plot in motion and it is defined by what they want. The story is a little more generic ‘we have to save the world’ than I usually did; I always liked having one foot squarely in reality. I also liked having a political and/or social edge in my Squad stories. That would also give a greater feel of reality and I don’t see that here.”
Read Ostrander’s full review here.