Before it was released, it was hoped that David Ayer’s “Suicide Squad” would receive the critical acclaim that eluded Zack Snyder’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”. Certainly it looked like the film had a good chance to at least improve on the previous films rather woeful aggregate stats.
Turns out it didn’t. A week on and with all the reviews tallied, “Suicide Squad” has actually finished worse in terms of criticism. On Rotten Tomatoes it stands at 26% (4.7/10) compared to Dawn’s 27% (4.9/10). On Metacritic it’s a similar situation with a 40/100 to Dawn’s 44/100.
Those cast members filming Zack Snyder’s “Justice League” are likely a little disheartened by this, but one of its stars – The Flash himself Ezra Miller – tells MTV that the backlash has only motivated him and his castmates to up their game:
“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. 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 made a brief appearance in ‘Squad’ and his scenes in the “Justice League” first trailer have been the most well received. DC’s next shot will be Patty Jenkins’ “Wonder Woman” early next year which unleashed a very well received first trailer at Comic Con last month. Can it reverse the trend?