After months of hype (and countless stories about Jared Leto sending weird gifts to his costars), Suicide Squad has finally hit theaters. And although DC Comics’ supervillain squadron debuted to a whopping $133.7 million this weekend, setting a new record for the biggest August opening ever, critical response has been less than enthusiastic. With only a 26 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, Suicide Squad has received some vitriolic reviews — and now, future Justice League member Ezra Miller is weighing in on the response.
(Small spoilers for Suicide Squad follow.)
Miller himself makes a speedy cameo as the Flash in Suicide Squad, capturing Jai Courtney’s Captain Boomerang in a short scene. Speaking to MTV News, Miller said that the critical response to Suicide Squad has only made him and DC more determined to work hard on Justice League, comparing the negative reviews to T.I.’s song “Motivation.” (Sample lyric: “All your hatin’ is fuelin’ my fire.”)
“You needn’t look any further than the Suicide Squad director and cast response to the negative reviews to feel how negative critiques motivate us,” Miller told MTV. “Ultimately, we can’t base anything on [the critical response]. As artists, we aim to please absolutely everybody with our work, but we also know that we have to keep expressing ourselves as best as we can express ourselves.”
Miller also weighed in on reports that Justice League and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice director Zack Snyder shot the scene where the Flash meets Captain Boomerang.
“Saying that Zack shot it would not be accurate,” Miller added. “It was very much a collaborate effort that was supervised by DC. It was collaborative with David [Ayer].”
Miller is currently filming Justice League, which also stars Ben Affleck as Batman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Ray Fisher as Cyborg, and Jason Momoa as Aquaman. Justice League will hit theaters on Nov. 17, 2017.