david ayer still involved with gotham city sirens

Spurred on by the success of Wonder Woman, the DC Extended Universe is in the midst of a full-blown creative pivot. But David Ayer’s Suicide Squad, like Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, is a remnant of the earlier era, in which dark and gritty reigned supreme.

Now Ayer, who has been attached to direct the upcoming Harley Quinn-centric film Gotham City Sirens, is facing rumors that he might fall the way of DC’s grimdark tone. But the director has recently stepped forward to say that those rumors aren’t true.

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Bright Comic-Con Panel: Everything You Need to Know

Training Day meets Lord of the Rings is how Will Smith describes Bright, his next collaboration with director David Ayer. Ayer, who wrote Training Day, is making a movie that resembles his early work far more than his DCEU film, Suicide Squad. His new movie is a genre mash-up, a cop film featuring orcs, fairies, elves, and a powerful magic wand.

Below, check out our reaction to a clip from Bright, some quotes from Ayer about the film, and more.

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Bright trailer

David Ayer is no stranger to depicting cops on film. He’s made some good, gritty and dirty crime thrillers with End of Watch and Street Kings. Cops and Los Angeles fit comfortably in the filmmaker’s wheelhouse. It’s a world and genre he knows well. Ayer has now made another cop movie, Bright, which stars Will Smith and Joel Edgerton. They’re playing partners, but they’re a little different from the partners from Ayer’s previous movies: one of these is an orc. A hard-edged David Ayer movie with Will Smith, orcs, and fairies sounds like a blast, and it looks like one, too.

Below, watch the Bright trailer.

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‘Scarface’ Remake Loses Director David Ayer

David Ayer Reflect on Suicide Squad

Universal’s Scarface remake has lost another director. Following in the footsteps of Antoine Fuqua (The Equalizer), David Ayer (Fury) has dropped out of the film, which will star Diego Luna (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story). Creative differences led to the End of Watch and Suicide Squad director’s departure.

Below, learn more about the latest trouble surrounding Scarface remake.

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David Ayer directing header

In news that would make James Franco’s white gangster character in Spring Breakers lose his mind, Universal Pictures’ long-brewing Scarface remake may have finally found its director. Suicide Squad director David Ayer is in early talks to take over directing duties from The Equalizer’s Antoine Fuqua, who vacated the project earlier this year due to scheduling conflicts. But is Ayer a good fit for this project?
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Netflix in theaters

Amazon made a big splash at this year’s Academy Awards, with Manchester by the Sea winning Oscars for Best Actor and Best Original Screenplay. Pundits cited Amazon’s theatrical model as having a big impact on that film’s wins, while another major streaming site, Netflix, has struggled to achieve similar awards outside of the documentary categories – perhaps due to its more limited theatrical distribution.

But Netflix’s new quarterly earnings report implies that changes could be brewing, and audiences may have the chance to see Netflix original movies on the big screen as well as at home.
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bright photos

I’ve always been fascinated by the world of Warhammer 40K, the tabletop miniatures game where space marines and orcs and dwarves and elves all do battle across the galaxy, hitting traditional fantasy tropes in a science fiction landscape. After all, what happens to that Tolkien-esque fantasy world as the centuries start to fly by? Surely it has to change. Surely it can’t remain stagnant. Surely medieval fantasy has to escape the medieval setting at some point, right?

And that’s why I’m intrigued by Netflix’s upcoming Bright, a modern dar buddy cop movie that just-so-happens to be set in a world where humans, orcs, elves, and fairies have all co-existed for millennia. What does high fantasy look like when it’s brought low, down to the mean streets of Los Angeles? A new batch of images give us a clue.

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bright trailer

Netflix’s original content line-up is unmatched. The streaming service has been killing it with their original television releases for a few years now, and we are just beginning to see them dip their toes in the original feature film realm.

One of the first big films is Suicide Squad director David Ayer‘s crime sci-fi fantasy film Bright, written by Chronicle screenwriter Max Landis and starring Will Smith, Joel Edgerton, Noomi Rapace, Edgar Ramírez, Ike Barinholtz and Brad William Henke. Netflix surprised people watching the Academy Awards last night with a first look at the new film. Watch it again, after the jump.

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David Ayer Reflect on Suicide Squad

It’s no secret that Suicide Squad received some pretty harsh reviews. Even people who enjoyed the film had some problems with key parts in it, especially when it comes to the logic of the story and how some characters were mishandled. But hey, no film is perfect.

Thankfully, director David Ayer has come forth and admitted that Suicide Squad does indeed have flaws. Furthermore, he elaborates that he would have done plenty of things differently if he made the movie today, knowing what he knows now. That includes one drastic change for how Jared Leto as The Joker was used.

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This week brought the news that Suicide Squad‘s David Ayer would be directing Gotham City Sirens, a female DC supervillain team-up. Margot Robbie‘s Harley Quinn is slated to return (and Robbie herself is an executive producer on the project), but the question now is which other characters could join her — and who might play them.

Well, it should come as no surprise that Harley Quinn’s BFF Poison Ivy is believed to be involved in the movie, but what’s more interesting is who’s rumored to play her. According to a new report, Megan Fox might be circling the role.  Read More »