While it was a success at the box office, the critical response for 2016’s Suicide Squad was largely negative. One notable element of the film that came under fire was its uneven style, which ranged from humorous to gritty. The film’s writer and director, David Ayer, revealed that fellow 2016 superhero movies Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and Deadpool had a hand in Suicide Squad‘s tone being changed.
In response to a follower on Twitter calling the Comic Con trailer for Suicide Squad “the greatest isolated piece of SS content,” Ayer explained how the movie’s tone was altered afterward. “This trailer nailed the tone and intention of the film I made,” Ayer recalled. “Methodical. Layered. Complex, beautiful and sad. After the BVS reviews shell shocked the leadership at the time, and the success of Deadpool – My soulful drama was beaten into a ‘comedy’.”
Before Suicide Squad hit theaters, hit theaters, the film was reported to be undergoing reshoots to add more comedy to it in an attempt to change the direction of the DC Extended Universe following the negative reaction to Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. These reshoots caused many elements of the characters and plot to be altered.
Filmmaker James Gunn is currently helming a standalone sequel called The Suicide Squad, which returning star Joel Kinnaman has stated will be more humorous in tone.
Written and directed by James Gunn, The Suicide Squad stars Margot Robbie, Viola Davis, Joel Kinnaman, Jai Courtney, David Dastmalchian, John Cena, Joaquin Cosio, Nathan Fillion, Mayling Ng, Flula Borg, Sean Gunn, Juan Diego Botto, Storm Reid, Pete Davidson, Taika Waititi, Alice Braga, Steve Agee, Tinashe Kajese, Daniela Melchior, Peter Capaldi, Julio Ruiz, Jennifer Holland, Idris Elba and Michael Rooker. The film is currently scheduled for an August 6, 2021 release date.
Suicide Squad's David Ayer revealed how Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and Deadpool played a hand in shaping the movie's style.