SUICIDE SQUAD Director David Ayer On What Needs To Be Done To Save The DC Brand

SUICIDE SQUAD Director David Ayer On What Needs To Be Done To Save The DC Brand

Suicide Squad director David Ayer believes that Warner Bros./DC Studios needs to "look at what worked" and embrace the "dark, intense and thoughtful" spirit of the comics...

By MarkCassidy - Aug 27, 2023 09:08 AM EST
Filed Under: Suicide Squad

Even if you happen to be a fan of the recent crop of DC Comics-based movies, it's difficult to argue with the perception that the brand is in trouble.

Recently-appointed DC Studios co-CEOs James Gunn and Peter Safran will relaunch the shared universe with the DCU, but reigniting audience interest after a string of disappointing (from a box office standpoint, at least) features will be no easy task.

One man who believes he has an "easy solve" for the studio is Suicide Squad director David Ayer.

In response to a THR piece titled "Where Have all the DC Fans Gone?," Ayer suggested a taking a more filmmaker-focused approach, while taking risks and leaning into the "dark, intense and thoughtful" nature of the comics.

One could argue (and several of his followers have) that the notion of DC Comics being darker/grittier than Marvel isn't entirely accurate, especially not the more modern interpretations of the characters, but Ayer does make a good point.

If we "look at what worked," the most successful DC-based films, such as Joker and The Batman, do tend to be significantly bleaker than the likes of, say, Shazam! Fury of the Gods and The Flash. Then again, Aquaman made over $1 billion, so there are certainly exceptions.

What do you make of Ayer's suggestions? How would you go about "saving" the DC movie brand? Drop us a comment down below.

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Forthas
Forthas - 8/27/2023, 9:36 AM
He is RIGHT...sort of! It is not about being dark and bleak, it is about being a symbol of hope in a world that seems dark. The Dark Knight films are the prime example of how this worked. Batman was ALWAYS HOPEFUL for his city. The darker characters he faced represented a trun to a darker world. So the tone should reflect a the real world and the heroes reflect the direction the world could turn.
mountainman
mountainman - 8/27/2023, 11:36 AM
@Forthas - Yes I would prefer the tone to be mature than dark. Only some heroes, like Batman, need to be dark.
Forthas
Forthas - 8/27/2023, 12:35 PM
@mountainman - The most Successful Batman franchise wasn't dark....at least not the character. I cannot understand why people think he is. The Affleck Batman WAS dark. He branded and murdered people. He had a nihilistic view of Superman. THAT should not be Batman. Bales Batman was always telling people that Gotham could be saved and he needed to be the symbol of that. He never killed and the Joker exploited that rule. Even when dealing with Catwoman he always looked for the good inside of her. How is that dark?
JobinJ
JobinJ - 8/27/2023, 12:45 PM
@Forthas - I dunno man, The Dark Knight movies were extremely dark, zero humor. I am supposed they don't get as much hate as the Snyderverse ones.
Forthas
Forthas - 8/27/2023, 1:22 PM
@JobinJ - The Dark Knight. Films DID have humor. The thing is it was subtle, organic and was not slapstick in nature.

Do you remember...
Batman Begins
"Does it come in black"
"I am buying this hotel"
"Didn't you get the memo"
" I have got to get me one of those"

Dark Knight
"If they are not trying to kill you then you are not doing your job
"I'll tell them it was all your idea"
"You complete me"
"I am not wearing hockey pads"

Dark Knight Rises
"It's not about charity, it's about feeding the ego of whichever society hag laid it on."
"So that's what that feels like"
"Shows him"
"It's not a car"

That is a fraction of the light moments that were in the series of films. Just because it is not outrageous obvious jokes does not mean there are not light moments in the movies.

Slotherin
Slotherin - 8/27/2023, 9:08 PM
@JobinJ - they had a lot of humor. Hell, their Joker was hilarious.
Drace24
Drace24 - 8/27/2023, 9:43 AM
Well, if he is not the right guy to ask...
MaxPaint
MaxPaint - 8/27/2023, 9:53 AM
@Drace24 - How many movies have you directed?
Drace24
Drace24 - 8/27/2023, 1:27 PM
@MaxPaint - I have directed exactly the same number of good DC movies as David Ayer.
MaxPaint
MaxPaint - 8/27/2023, 8:05 PM
@Drace24 - Did your movies earn 750+ million dollars?
Drace24
Drace24 - 8/28/2023, 4:01 PM
@MaxPaint - As funny as your attempts at a proxy-pissing contest are, it doesn't change the fact that when it comes to not [frick]ing up a DC movie, the opinion of literally every person in the world who has made zero DC movies would be more valuable than David Ayers. Because 99.9 percent of the worlds population has [frick]ed it up exactly one time less then he did. So why, of all the people who have never [frick]ed one up, would you ask one of the few individuals who did?
marvel72
marvel72 - 8/27/2023, 9:47 AM
Justice League Unlimited is the perfect template for DC movie universe.
Reeds2Much
Reeds2Much - 8/27/2023, 9:47 AM
"Look at what worked."
obarium
obarium - 8/27/2023, 3:53 PM
@Reeds2Much - I think The Dark Knight trilogy, Wonder Woman, Joker, The Batman, and to an extent Aquaman, all fit the description he gives, and they were all successful.

I don't personally want everything to be like Batman, but intense and thoughtful is a good starting point for any DC character.
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