After months of hullabaloo, Suicide Squad finally hit cinemas on 5 August and while fans waited anxiously for the release, the Warner Bros movie was met with a wet blanket response from critics.
Ben Skipper of IBTimes UK calls it "an insufferable mess", David Edelstein of Vulture described it as the "worst of the worst" in terms of storytelling, while Michael O'Sullivan of the Washington Post said the film managed to "suck the joy out of a story".
It currently holds a 27% rating (from 179 reviews) on Rotten Tomatoes and a 41 score out 100 on Metacritic (from 51 reviews).
Now the film's director and cast are clarifying that Suicide Squad was made, keeping in mind the fans and not critics. Writer-director David Ayer expressed his disappointment in the reviews with a dramatic post on Twitter. He quoted Mexican revolutionary Emiliano Zapata with a line that translates to "I'd rather die on my feet than live on my knees".
He later told Reuters (via Batman-News): "I made the movie for real people who live in the real world. I made the movie for people who actually love movies and go and see movies."
Jay Hernandez, who plays El Diablo in the movie, admitted to Digital Spythat he was "bothered" by the negative reviews. "I think it sucks," he said. "Obviously, we worked hard and tried to give the fans what they wanted."
Joel Kinnaman, who plays Rick Flag decided to make it about the fans instead. "Of course you want critical acclaim, of course, but what matters is what the fans think. We're really proud of this film, we loved making it, everybody on the film has become really close friends and this is like a work of love and I hope the fans like it."
Will Smith who portrays Deadshot also went the way of his co-star Kinnaman. "I think people had expectations that may have been different, but I'm excited for the fans to get to vote," he said.
Margot Robbie may not be in the same boat as most of her co-stars considering her performance as one of the best things about the film. But when asked for her response to the critics, she sounded like she referred to the same memo as Smith and Kinnaman. "At the end of the day critical acclaim is really nice, but we made it for the fans. If the fans like it then we did our job," she said.
Cara Delevingne however, was upset about the reviews and expressed just how much. "The critics have been absolutely horrific, they're really, really horrible," she told the news agency. "You know, I just don't think they like superhero movies."
Jared Leto, who tried his best to fill in those Joker shoes, was more concerned about the amount of footage that was cut from the final reel. "There are a lot of scenes that didn't make it to the final film. Hopefully they will see the light of day. Who knows," the actor told Batman-News.
Now that critics and actors have given their views, guess the only way to find out if Suicide Squad deserves the hype, is by heading to the cinema. Those looking for more psychotic Joker moments, however, will have to wait to see if they are included in the Blu-Ray version.