2:48pm PT by Graeme McMillan
'Suicide Squad' Cast Responds to Negative Reviews: "Critics Have Been Absolutely Horrific"
In the face of harsh reviews for the movie ahead of its release on Friday, the cast of Warner Bros' Suicide Squad would like everyone to know that it's not about the reviews, really — this is a movie that was made for the fans.
Talking to Digital Spy, Jay Hernandez, who plays El Diablo in the pic, admitted that he has been "bothered" by the negative reviews that have piled onto the movie so far. "I think it sucks," he said. "Obviously, we worked hard and tried to give the fans what they wanted."
Joel Kinnaman, who portrays Rick Flag, was slightly more diplomatic when talking to the same outlet, saying, "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."
That line of diplomacy was echoed by Will Smith, who told Reuters that he thought that "people had expectations that may have been different, but I'm excited for the fans to get to vote."
Meanwhile, Cara Delevingne seemed more hurt by the critical response to date. "The critics have been absolutely horrific, they're really, really horrible," she complained to Reuters. "You know, I just don't think they like superhero movies." (Shhh ... nobody tell her about the critically acclaimed The Dark Knight.)
The overwhelmingly negative reviews for Suicide Squad have already provoked strong responses from director David Ayer and DC Entertainment fans, with a section of the latter launching a petition to close down review aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes in an attempt to prevent people from seeing how poorly the movie has been faring with critics.
Should the fans appreciate the movie in the way the cast hopes, Suicide Squad could hit the currently projected $130 million-$140 million take for its opening weekend.