If you've been disappointed with Warner Bros.' slate of poor superhero movies — the highly anticipated Suicide Squad being the latest such film — imagine how it feels to be a former studio employee. For one alleged former employee, Suicide Squad was the final straw.
In an open letter to CEO Kevin Tsujihara posted on Pajiba, a supposed former employee using the pseudonym Gracie Law (presumably named after the character in Big Trouble in Little China) explains she planned to write the letter for a few years — especially after the middling response to the Superman reboot Man of Steel — but decided to wait for Suicide Squad's release.
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 1,000 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.
She continues by explaining these decisions go beyond the poor critical reviews: They've had implications on people she used to work with, who were laid off after repeated failures — highlighting nonsuperhero films that tanked such as Max, Pan, Jupiter Ascending and the Point Break remake.
But perhaps most concerning for DC Comics fans: She says "people inside" already see the Wonder Woman movie as "another mess."
What are you even doing? I wish to God you were forced to live out of a car until you made a No. 1 movie of the year. ... It is almost impressive how you keep rewarding the same producers and executives for making the same mistakes, over and over.
If I worked at a donut stand, and I kept fucking up donuts, I'd be fired. Even if I made a tiny decent one every now and then, it doesn't matter. I'm gonna get fired.
I love that studio, and you're allowing it to sink. It's not about making movies for "the fans" and not "the critics." It's not even about "ruining childhoods." It's about protecting livelihoods.
It's time to wake up and make the fucking donuts, Kevin.
Read the full open letter on Pajiba.