Suicide Squad director David Ayer is a pretty fan-candid guy when it comes to real talk about his work on the DC Extended Universe’s polarizing supervillain mash-up. He’s engaged fans who’ve asked about what the film got wrong, and even recently admitted there wasn’t enough of Jared Leto’s heavily-promoted Joker in the movie.
But to Ayer, it’s all one big learning experience, as well as a step in the right direction amid a minefield of growing pains — both for the director himself, and for the DCEU as a whole.
Ayer took to Twitter to tell a fan he doesn’t regret — “Not for a second” — his involvement in Suicide Squad, pointing out the movie didn’t exactly take a dive at the box office, and even won a 2016 Oscar (for best makeup and hairstyling).
And while he doesn’t directly say it, the subtext is that Suicide Squad, regardless of which fan camp you’re in, serves as one great commercial for everything the DCEU has in store for Rick Flag, Boomerang, Deadshot, and the other baddies the movie re-introduced — especially Harley Quinn. If it accomplished nothing else, it's a movie that at least managed to build, and then fully stock, the lore sandbox that DC needed to set the franchise’s wheels in motion.
As Ayer himself pointed out, the movie [l]aunched a franchise and spinoff,” and is “halfway to cult status.” If stronger offerings from DC make the world Suicide Squad established a more pleasant place for fans and even critics to play, chances are strong that the words “Suicide Squad” will conjure a general sense of place in fans’ minds, rather than memories of a film that some people loved and others really, really…didn’t.
That process could begin sooner than later with Ayer’s next reported project for DC: The girl-centric Gotham City Sirens, which is set to return Margot Robbie to the role of Harley Quinn alongside a roster of other DC female villains.