A very sad trend in film and TV as of late is the idea that “reviews are everything”. For if you have a terrible review, or series of reviews, or aggregate score on something like Rotten Tomatoes, then your project is a failure. That’s wrong on many ways, but it is something weighs on certain directors. One of which was David Ayer, who was the director behind the financially successful, but critically panned, Suicide Squad. Then, he got hired to make a Netflix original movie called Bright.
Bright was billed as something big, and Ayer wanted to make sure that the same thing that happened to Suicide Squad didn’t happen to it. He tells Entertainment Weekly:
“It’s like going to the boxing ring and getting knocked out is how it felt. And I had to go into the ring again. And directing is a confidence game, because you’re selling everyone on something that only exists in your head. The actors have to feel that confidence to trust that you know what you’re doing, and so does your crew. As a director, you set the tone. Really, it’s coming off that movie, I understood the pitfalls, I understood the dangers, I knew where the alligators hide, you know? And so I made damn sure I didn’t repeat any mistakes.”
Unfortunately, things didn’t work out how he wanted. Bright was panned critically as well, however, much like Suicide Squad, the film did well enough to get a sequel, which is saying something for Netflix. He’ll get what he wants eventually though, we have no doubt.