Kevin Smith Praises ‘Suicide Squad’ Director David Ayer: ‘I Think He Made Magic’

Fellow director and comic book expert defends film despite onslaught of negative reviews

Kevin Smith has come to the defense of “Suicide Squad” and director David Ayer after the bulk of reviews for the highly-anticipated DC Comics movie have been overwhelmingly bad.

Smith posted a photo of himself and Ayer on Instagram, saying how much he enjoyed Ayer’s previous films “End of Watch” and “Fury.”

“When I heard he was shepherding a cinematic ‘Suicide Squad,’ my already-high interests in a DC Comics movie shot over the top: What would a gritty guy like Dave do with the likes of Deadshot & Harley Quinn? Well I think he made magic and did DC Comics proud,” Smith wrote. “The ‘Squad’ movie doesn’t look like any other comic book flick I’ve ever seen.”

Smith also offered praise for Margot Robbie‘s performance as Harley Quinn, The Joker’s psychotic girlfriend and also Smith’s daughter’s namesake.

“I’ll be heading back to see it again tonight so expect a brand new ‘Fat Man On Batman’ review soon,” he concluded, referencing one of his many podcasts.

“Suicide Squad” has been one of the most anticipated movies of the year, with fans chomping at the bit ever since the first trailer dropped.

At the time of this publishing, however, the film holds a dismal 27 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, thanks to some truly savage reviews. The critics consensus on the site sums up the reviews as follows: “‘Suicide Squad’ boasts a talented cast and a little more humor than previous DCEU efforts, but they aren’t enough to save the disappointing end result from a muddled plot, thinly written characters, and choppy directing.”

I look up to @suicidesquadmovie maker #DavidAyer. His #endofwatch, shot with a mixture of media including dashboard & body cams, was the work of a true filmmaker. And I don't know how he got me to love a tank movie, but #fury is another amazing Ayer effort. When I heard he was shepherding a cinematic #suicidesquad, my already-high interests in a @dccomics movie shot over the top: what would a gritty guy like Dave do with the likes of #Deadshot & #HarleyQuinn? Well I think he made magic and did #dccomics proud. The #Squad movie doesn't look like any other comic book flick I've ever seen. The periodic use of both #Batman and the #joker as background characters instead of the usual leads was thrilling and felt like our first real glimpse at an interconnected #dceu. The cast is top notch but Harley, as expected, steals the show. The #jokerandharley beats are simply wonderful for a longtime fan to watch and make you immediately wanna see the all-Harley movie they already announced. Throwaway moments made me so happy (like Katana and her Soultaker sword) but this flick as a whole had me smiling the whole time. Thanks to her name, my kid @harleyquinnsmith_ was already on board for this movie – and she loved it (like LOVED it). I'll be heading back to see it again tonight so expect a brand new #FatManOnBatman review soon. #KevinSmith

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