It is not often a star or filmmaker dares to comment on the events happening either side of Marvel and DC, but Chris Pratt thought he could offer some constructive criticism. With Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 gearing up for a May 5 debut across theaters in the US, the 37-year old gave his thoughts on Suicide Squad and why he thought it bombed so spectacularly in the eyes of critics and general moviegoers.
Despite its tremendous box office performance that capitalized on a clever marketing campaign, director David Ayer penned an apology to cite creative challenges handed down from the studio. As far as Pratt and Marvel is concerned, he believes a bit of pre-planning can override a number of issues that arise at the last minute.
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While the divide between the two parties is elevated to something artificial, Pratt's commentary to io9 illustrates the confidence and swagger Marvel has in toe with Disney and 20th Century Fox, moving from one project to another with seeming ease. As delays, cuts and changes have forced DC and Warner Brothers to continue to reassess their planning, Pratt argues that Ayer and co. should have started from the beginning in order for the audience to genuinely care.
“I really like all the Warner Brothers movies,” Pratt prefaced before opening up on their problems. "I think they’re really cool and I’m not a real tough critic on those movies. But one of the flaws might have been they were introducing too many characters in Suicide Squad. They spent 10 minutes telling us why should we care about these characters, rather than creating trilogies for each character and convincing us to care about the characters."
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Emphasizing the need to build momentum in a series, Pratt reflected on his own experience in the MCU.
“It’s like hardwood,” he said. “They grew it really slowly so it’s strong. They didn’t create The Avengers first. They did Iron Man. And they tested it to make sure it worked. Then they did (Iron Man 2) and (Iron Man 3), then they did (Captain America) and then they did Thor. And they created a thirst for these characters, and that’s when they put them in The Avengers.”
Praising the part of Kevin Feige as producer behind the scenes connecting the dots, he admitted there was a certain degree of luck involved as well.
"(Creating a franchise is) really f***ing hard to do,” Pratt added.“And it’s kind of a miracle that anyone’s got it right. You know? So. I think it comes down to Kevin (Feige), his filmmakers, and ultimately, me, playing Star-Lord.”
Source: The Wrap