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‘Suicide Squad’ Director Responds to Negative Reviews

Squad goals is right!

David Ayer is standing by his “Suicide Squad” after the supervillain pic received negative early reviews. The film currently holds a 33% rating (from 82 reviews) on Rotten Tomatoes and a 45 score out 100 on Metacritic (from 34 reviews).

“Prefiero morir de pie que vivir de rodillas,” the writer-director tweeted on Tuesday night. The quote from Mexican revolutionary Emiliano Zapata roughly translates to “I’d rather die on my feet than live on my knees.”

He later wrote that the quote was his “way of saying I love the movie and believe in it. Made it for the fans. Best experience of my life.”

Like its predecessor “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” the DC Comics adaptation has received less-than-stellar early reviews, including one from Variety‘s Peter Debruge. (“Batman v Superman” director Zack Snyder also came to his film’s defense following scathing reviews in March.)

“On paper, this could have been the antidote to an increasingly codified strain of comic-book movies, but in the end, it’s just another high-attitude version of the same,” Debruge wrote about “Suicide Squad.”

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Despite some misfires, our critic also wrote that Jared Leto’s Joker and Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn steal the show, while others have also praised Viola Davis’ performance as federal agent Amanda Waller.

Ayer made headlines Monday night after shouting “F— Marvel” (echoing an audience member) during the film’s introductory remarks on stage at the “Suicide Squad” world premiere in New York City.

He apologized a few hours later, saying he got “caught up in the moment” and respects his “brother filmmakers.”

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