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Suicide Squad’s director apologizes for shouting ‘fuck Marvel’ at premiere

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Director David Ayer apologized last night for speaking derogatorily of Marvel Entertainment on stage a the New York premiere of Warner Bros.' latest DC Comics adaptation, Suicide Squad.

Reportedly, as Ayer was introducing the film at the premiere event, which also occurred last night, one person in the audience was heard to shout "Fuck Marvel!" After a moment’s silence, as can been seen in the cell phone footage below, Ayer repeated the phrase from the stage.

In October, Ayer, who co-wrote the screenplay for The Fast and the Furious, spoke generally to Empire Magazine about how Suicide Squad compares to the rest of the superhero movie landscape, which Marvel Entertainment dominates.

"You know, all these movies are about defeating the evil alien robot from fucking Planet X, before it destroys the world with its ticking clock. And who the fuck cares? But you do a story about struggle and isolation and people who have been shit on, that suddenly get thrown this lifeline... that’s not so bad. I like to think of this as Comic-Book Movie 2.0."

Hours later, after the premiere, Ayer addressed his statement in a tweeted apology.

Correction: A previous version of this article made a joke about Ayer apologizing to his sister filmmaker, the director of Marvel's upcoming Captain Marvel. The director of Captain Marvel has yet to be officially confirmed.

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