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The comic book writer who revamped the Suicide Squad in comics is taking issue with the backlash the Warner Bros. film has received from critics.
John Ostrander created the modern day incarnation of the squad in the late 80s, and his run became legendary. On Sunday, Ostrander published a piece for Comicmix to share what he thought about the adaptation of his seminal work.
“I really liked the film. Not perfect by a long shot, but a really good time in the movie theater. And for me a lot of it was just amazing,” he wrote. “The look, the detail, the feel of the film is not something I’ve seen in superhero movies before.”
The writer also praised Viola Davis (Amanda Waller), Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn) and Will Smith, saying the actor makes Deadshot his own — with Ostrander dismissing those who criticized Smith’s casting (in Ostrander’s version, Deadshot is white).
But Ostrander took issue with the critical backlash the film has received, writing that it seems that some critics are just tired of superhero or “tentpole films” and would like to see the Hollywood trend come to an 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,” he wrote. “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.”
Even so, Ostrander admitted the film was far from perfect.
“The antagonist(s) are not well defined and, to my mind, you need a good antagonist to help define the protagonist(s),” he wrote. “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.”
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