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John Ostrander Reviews “Suicide Squad,” Says Critics ‘Came Prepared to Hate It’

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John Ostrander Reviews “Suicide Squad,” Says Critics ‘Came Prepared to Hate It’

Writer John Ostrander, known for his seminal “Suicide Squad” run with John Byrne in the 1980s, offered his thoughts on the film and addressed its negative critical reception in a review on ComicM!x.

“I really liked the film. Not perfect by a long shot, but a really good time in the movie theater,” he wrote. “And for me a lot of it was just amazing. The look, the detail, the feel of the film is not something I’ve seen in superhero movies before.”

“Are their problems with the film? Sure,” he continued. “The antagonist(s) are not well defined and, to my mind, you need a good antagonist to help define the protagonist(s). It’s the antagonist who usually sets the plot in motion and it is defined by what they want. The story is a little more generic ‘we have to save the world’ than I usually did; I always liked having one foot squarely in reality.”

“I also liked having a political and/or social edge in my ‘Squad’ stories. That would also give a greater feel of reality and I don’t see that here,” he added.

“That said, my artistic DNA is all over the place. This is ‘The Dirty Dozen’ with supervillains and that’s my concept,” he explained. “They did that and did it well.”

“I know some of the critics, both in print and online, do not like the movie. That’s okay; everyone has a right to their own opinion even when it’s wrong,” he shared. “My problem is that, at least with some of the media reviews, is that the critic is also tired of superhero and ‘tentpole’ films and, overtly or covertly, would like to see their end. Look, I get it — they have to see all the films out there and they must be tired of all the blockbusters.”

“If every superhero film is not ‘The Dark Knight,’ they’ll bitch. I think that’s going on here to a certain degree. Just as I came prepared to love the movie, they came prepared to hate it,” he said. He then referred to his late wife Kim Yale, who was a movie critic for a small Chicago newspaper, saying, “Don’t tell me that some of the critics didn’t come with pre-conceived attitudes to some films. I know better. I saw and heard it.”

“As for some of the online haters — if a film doesn’t fit their pre-conceived notion, it is wrong. Female ‘Ghostbusters,’ a black Deadshot, Ben Affleck as Batman (Affleck, by the way, does cameos as both Batman and Bruce Wayne in ‘Suicide Squad’ and is terrific) — these are all sins and must be decried. Give me a fucking break,” he concluded. “Look, you can be the most important critic on ‘Suicide Squad.’ In this case, your voice is your money. You decide if you want to see the movie and then go. If you like it, tell others. I guess you could also tell them if you didn’t like it but you don’t have to. I won’t mind.”

The next DC Cinematic Universe installment, “Suicide Squad,” stars Jared Leto as the Joker, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Will Smith as Deadshot, Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang, Cara Delevingne as Enchantress, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Killer Croc, Karen Fukuhara as Katana, Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flag, Jay Hernandez as El Diablo and Adam Beach as Slipknot and is now in theaters.

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