Why Everyone is Saying 'Suicide Squad' Sucks

Suicide Squad movie reviews are really bad. So what went wrong?

Warner Bros.' Suicide Squad has been bashed by critics. Critics basically hate the movie. For example, on Rotten Tomatoes the movie currently has a 29% rotten score. In addition, movie critics like Michael Sullivan with Washington Post said, "In aiming for - but falling short of appealing to - the teenage demographic, the film is a double cop-out, disappointing both fans of the source material's grown-up gloom-and-doom aesthetic and discerning adolescents." And after critics hated the movie, reports of the problems that allegedly happened behind the scenes have made it's way to the public. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the making of Suicide Squad was riddled with problems including impossible deadlines, creativity problems, and on-set production problems.

Production Problems

Apparently, the problems all started when Warner Bros. gave themselves little over a year-and-a-half to produce Suicide Squad. Pushing the release date back wasn't possible, so David Ayer had only six weeks to write a script and launch the feature film.

Inexperienced director

David Ayer, never previously shot a huge movie before and his goal was to create a dark, edgy feature film. However, Warner Bros. didn't want to create a dark movie following the disappointing release of Batman v. Superman, and studio executives wanted a movie in the same tone as the Suicide Squad movie trailers. While David Ayer was still working on his version of the movie, those in charged with creating the movie trailers were hired to edit their own version of the movie.

Two different versions

In May, there were two completely different edited versions of the movie - David Ayers dark version, and a wacky version created by the trailer guys. Both versions were screened for test audiences. Ultimately, finger pointing and issues led to "a lot of panic and ego."

David Ayer didn't like what was happening

David Ayer was not happy with the production process of his movie and it seems like Warner Bros. felt the same way as they passed on David Ayer's next feature film Bright. Despite reports of the behind-the-scenes issues, David Ayer and WB executive Greg Silverman released a statement together saying, “This was an amazing experience. We did a lot of experimentation and collaboration along the way. But we are both very proud of the result. This is a David Ayer film, and Warners is proud to present it.”

Suicide Squad issues

This begs the question, given the negative reaction surrounding Suicide Squad and other big studio projects like Fantastic Four and Batman v. Superman, are major superhero movies impossible to make? Marvel has figured out a formula that makes every feature film a box office hit movie. But, with so much pressure to succeed, it takes a very confident director, cast, and studio to support a huge tentpole movie like Suicide Squad.  via The Hollywood Reporter Related: What do you think? Share with us your thoughts in the comments below.

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