Warner Bros., it’s one thing to be criticized from the outside. It’s entirely different when the critic is one of your own. (Okay, formerly one of your own.)
After seeing Suicide Squad, a person claiming to be a former Warner Bros. employee posted an open letter on Pajiba under the name, Grace Law (a pseudonym).
The worker stated that he’d wanted to publish a similar letter before after feeling terrible about how Man of Steel turned out, but decided to give the company another chance. Well, two chances actually. After Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and now Suicide Squad, the writer decide to release his missive.
Here’s what he said:
When I left my screening of Suicide Squad last week, I was angry. I was annoyed and let down and frustrated as well, but mostly I was just angry.
Look, I’m a big dork. So of course I thought this trainwreck of a movie did a major disservice to the characters, concept, cast, and crew, but that wasn’t why I was mad. Yes, it is unfathomable to me that Warner Bros could mess up a movie starring Will Smith, Margot Robbie, and The Joker so completely. But that just had me flummoxed.
I wrote this letter last year. I actually started forming it in my head after Man of Steel was a box office failure instead of the modern classic tentpole you were expecting.
I kept holding off on doing anything with it because of one title: Suicide Squad. Zack Snyder’s Dawn of Justice was a fiasco, but here comes this plucky little dark adventure about antiheroes. I love David Ayer. I love Harley Quinn. I love Will Smith. Put the letter in a drawer. The ship isn’t sinking anymore. Everything is fine. There’s no way this movie is bad.
And here we are. I got back from my screening and dusted this sucker off. You, your executive team, and the vision of your ‘extraordinary storytellers’ that resulted in the loss of around one thousand jobs seem intent on crashing the ship into as much shit as you can find in the ocean by making inane decisions over and over again.
The writer (and you have to feel for him) went on to complain that Zach Snyder makes terrible movies and gets rewarded by getting permission to make more of them. He also faulted the studio for laying off hundreds of workers due to falling revenue from movies that did less than expected.
Most shockingly, he also claimed that Wonder Woman is heading for the same fate as DC’s other film properties. “Don’t try to hide behind the great trailer. People inside are already confirming it’s another mess,” he wrote.
You can read his full letter here.SuperFable