David Ayer took to Twitter to reflect on his critically panned, super-villain blockbuster Suicide Squad.
"Thank you so much. I know it's a controversial film, I really tried to make something different, with a look and a voice of its own. I took inspiration from the insanity of the original comics. Making a movie is a journey, not a straight line. I learned so much," Ayer wrote in a statement he linked to on Twitter.
He also acknowledged that while the movie was "wildly successful commercially," it does have flaws. He admitted as well that he was hurt by the scathing reviews it received from critics.
"Wish I had a time machine. I'd make the Joker the main villain and engineer a more grounded story. I have to take the good and bad and learn from it," Ayer explained. "I love making movies and I love DC. I'm a High School dropout and used to paint houses for a living. I'm lucky to have the job I have. I have to give the characters the stories and plots they deserve next time. Real talk. [And no, there isn't a secret edit of the film with a bunch of Joker scenes hidden in a salt mine somewhere.]"