Earlier this week, director David Ayer made headlines during the premiere screening of his DC Comics adventure Suicide Squad, when he let out an anti-Marvel outburst after a fan shouted something from the crowd. The director apologized shortly thereafter for saying "f--k Marvel," claiming he got caught up in the moment, adding that he has "respect for my brother filmmakers." Earlier today, Marvel legend Stan Lee offered his response to this outburst, and it's actually quite amazing.
It hasn't been the best week for David Ayer, who found himself defending his movie in a statement against the negative reviews it has been receiving. He also released a joint statement with Warner Bros.' Greg Silverman, reiterating that they're both proud of the movie, as they tried to shut down rumors about studio pressure tampering with the finished product. Yesterday, Stan Lee took to Twitter to address David Ayer's anti-Marvel statement, doing so with a video he put together four years ago about the "f-word."
Stan Lee told the director that he shouldn't feel too bad about "dropping the F bomb," calling it a "compliment of the highest order!" The video he posted in this tweet was released back in September 2012, where Stan Lee talked about how "f--k you" shouldn't actually be an insult. It's clear Stan Lee took the whole incident in stride, despite the longtime rivalry between Marvel and DC.
You may also recall that, at Comic-Con last year, while production was still under way, David Ayer told the Hall H crowd that DC Comics has the "best villains," and while claiming he wasn't trying to start an "East Coast/West Coast' feud with Marvel, he also added that "someone has to speak the truth." Marvel didn't respond to the director's statement then, but it's worth noting that particular year was one of the first times that Marvel Studios skipped Comic-Con
Suicide Squad arrives with one of the biggest ensemble casts of the summer. The character line-up includes such iconic DC Comics characters as Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Deadshot (Will Smith), Slipknot (Adam Beach), Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje), Katana (Karen Fukuhara), El Diablo (Jay Hernandez), Boomerang (Jai Courtney), Enchantress (Cara Delevingne), Rick Flagg (Joel Kinnaman) and Amanda Waller (Viola Davis). The supporting cast includes Scott Eastwood, Common, Ike Barinholtz, Jim Parrack, David Harbour, and Alex Meraz. Jared Leto arrives to bring the world a new take on The Joker. And Ben Affleck will also return as Batman from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, although it isn't known how large or small a role he has in this movie. Take a look at Stan Lee's humorous response to David Ayer's anti-Marvel statement earlier this week, and stay tuned for more on Suicide Squad.