'Suicide Squad' Director David Ayer Addresses Negative Reviews

He's responded with a poignant quote.

‘Suicide Squad’ director David Ayer has responded to the negative criticism that has already been levelled against the film, ahead of its release later this week.

The embargo on the film’s reviews has now been lifted, and it’s fair to say that it hasn’t exactly been showered with praise, save for a few exceptions who have singled out the acting talent as one of its strengths.

<strong>The 'Suicide Squad' cast</strong>
The 'Suicide Squad' cast
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Fortunately, this doesn’t appear to have upset David too much, who has responded to the negative critiques with a quote from Mexican revolutionary Emiliano Zapata.

Thanks to our friend and yours, Google translate, we’ve learned the quote means: “I would rather die on my feet than live on my knees.”

<strong>David Ayer at the film's premiere</strong>
David Ayer at the film's premiere
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He added that making the film had been the “best experience of his life”, insisting: “Zapata quote is my way of saying I love the movie and believe in it. Made it for the fans.”

This isn’t the first time this week that David has made headlines, as he was previously forced to apologise when he was captured shouting “fuck Marvel” at the ‘Suicide Squad’ premiere.

In response to the incident, he explained that he was echoing a fan he heard calling out DC Comics’ rivals in the crowd, adding: “Sorry about getting caught up in the moment… Not cool. Respect for my brother filmmakers.”

‘Suicide Squad’ boasts an all-star cast, including Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Will Smith and Cara Delevingne.

Catch it in UK cinemas from Friday, 5 August.

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