A few weeks ago during the initial reaction to the “Suicide Squad” film hitting the Net, creator John Ostrander had some harsh words for film critics. In a review for ComicMix, he labelled their opinion as wrong and now famously said “If every superhero film is not The Dark Knight, they’ll bitch.”
In a new chat with Heat Vision, Ostrander once again offered his thoughts on the backlash towards the recent Warner Bros. film and was a bit more careful with his wording this time but not apologetic in any way:
“First of all, I want to say I am not disparaging any of the critics. I do have problems – whether it’s the Squad or not – when a critic comes in with an agenda already. They are not looking at the movie for what it is. I have read several of the reviews that were just fine, even not that keen on it. As long as they were looking at it honestly, that’s fine.
When somebody comes in with an attitude, “I’m sick of superhero movies,” “I am not going to give them a break,” “it has to be a masterpiece to get a good word out of me,” I don’t think that’s right or fair. There were plenty of fans who did not like it, and well that’s fine and they are right to their opinion even if they are wrong. I know the box office isn’t an arbiter of what’s good or bad, but you have to take a look at how much money Squad has made so far. I think it has done really well.”
“Suicide Squad” has been a box-office success for the studio with the film currently sitting at $580 million worldwide – $267 million of that being domestic.