Director David Ayer has finally publicly acknowledged that Joker probably should have been the main villain in Suicide Squad. It’s one of the many things fans have complained about: how under-utilized the Joker was.
In a note to a fan on Twitter, Ayer wrote an honest and heartfelt letter about his experience working on the widely hated Suicide Squad movie, acknowledging the superhero film’s awful reviews, the film’s faults, and how he wants to improve on the franchise moving forward.
“I know Squad has its flaws, Hell, the World knows it. Nothing hurts more than to pick up a newspaper and see a couple years of your blood, sweat, and tears, ripped to shreds,” he wrote, adding that despite these flaws, he’s glad to have introduced people to the film’s characters.
Ayer also revealed what he thinks could have helped the movie:
Wish I had a time machine. I’d make Joker the main villain and engineer a more grounded story. I have to take the good and the bad and learn from it. I love making movies and I love DC … I have to give the characters the stories and plots they deserve next time. Real talk.
— David Ayer (@DavidAyerMovies) January 21, 2017
Regardless of the critism, Suicide Squad went on to be one of the highest grossing films of 2016. Both DC comic book films, Suicide Squad and Batman v Superman are nominated for multiple Razzie awards, which single out the year’s worst in film. Perhaps Ayer’s acknowledgement of where Suicide Squad went wrong helped convince Warner Bros. to bring him back to direct Gotham City Sirens, a spin-off about Robbie’s Harley Quinn.