Suicide Squad Creator Says Critics Hate Superhero Movies (Except for The Dark Knight)

Monday, 08 August 2016 - 5:38PM
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Monday, 08 August 2016 - 5:38PM
Suicide Squad Creator Says Critics Hate Superhero Movies (Except for The Dark Knight)
Suicide Squad creator John Ostrander just released a review for the film adaptation of his work, and although he admits that he's biased, he is not blind to the film's flaws. But even so, he has a bone to pick with critics, who have absolutely savaged the movie, calling it everything from "an all-out attack on the whole idea of entertainment" to "2 hours of soul-sickening torment" to "the worst 'big' DC Comics live-action movie since 'Catwoman'." According to Ostrander, they were all predisposed to hate the movie, just as the comics fans were predisposed to love it. 

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I know some of the critics, both in print and online, do not like the movie. That's okay; everyone has a right to their own opinion even when it's wrong. My problem is that, at least with some of the media reviews, is that the critic is also tired of superhero and "tentpole" films and, overtly or covertly, would like to see their end. Look, I get it – they have to see all the films out there and they must be tired of all the blockbusters.
 
If every superhero film is not The Dark Knight, they'll bitch. 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.
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Although I see where Ostrander is coming from, and there are certainly some critics who are biased against blockbusters, that wouldn't explain Suicide Squad's terrible reviews. Every film in MCU has been critically acclaimed (aside from Hulk, which barely counts), and Dark Knight certainly isn't the only DC movie to get some critical love. And plus, even if it were true that critics want every movie to be The Dark Knight (it's not), TDK is a blockbuster. So it's not being biased against blockbusters, it's wanting blockbusters to be well-written. 

But while Ostrander praised the performances and fidelity to the comics, he wasn't completely in love with the movie, either, and admitted that some improvements could have been made:

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Are their [sic] problems with the film? Sure. The antagonist(s) are not well defined and, to my mind, you need a good antagonist to help define the protagonist(s). 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.
 
That said, my artistic DNA is all over the place. This is The Dirty Dozen with supervillains and that's my concept. They did that and did it well.
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Funnily enough, he cites mostly the same pros and cons as most reviewers did (including us), he just thinks the good outweighs the bad. And he also admits that critics aren't the only ones who were predisposed to hate the movie; disgruntled fans (especially ones of the anti-SJW persuasion) didn't give it a fair shake, either.

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As for some of the online haters – if a film doesn't fit their pre-conceived notion, it is wrong. Female Ghostbusters, a black Deadshot, Ben Affleck as Batman (Affleck, by the way, does cameos as both Batman and Bruce Wayne in Suicide Squad and is terrific) – these are all sins and must be decried.
 
Give me a fucking break.
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Suicide Squad is now out in theaters.
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