It's no secret that the eternal war between comic rivals Marvel and DC is an intense one, and things got a bit heated last night at the premiere of "Suicide Squad," DC's latest foray into its own cinematic universe. And just like the rough-around-the-edges villains that the flick features, director David Ayer perhaps took things a step too far when he spoke his mind at the film's premiere in New York City on Monday night.
Before the screening, Ayer and his cast -- including Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jared Leto, Viola Davis, Jay Hernandez, Jai Courtney, Karen Fukuhara, Cara Delevingne, Scott Eastwood, David Harbour, Adam Beach, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Jim Parrack, and Ike Barinholtz -- took the stage to the delighted screams of fans in attendance. The group fired up the crowd by leading a chant, and Ayer himself got in on the fun, repeating one particular phrase heard from the crowd that was sure to ruffle a few feathers: "F--k Marvel!"
Them's fighting words, and Ayer apparently realized that not too long after he said it, quickly taking to social media to apologize for the remark.
"Sorry about getting caught up in the moment and saying f*ck Marvel," Ayer wrote on Twitter late on Monday night. "Someone said it. I echoed. Not cool. Respect for my brother filmmakers."
Sorry about getting caught up in the moment and saying f*ck Marvel. Someone said it. I echoed. Not cool. Respect for my brother filmmakers.— David Ayer (@DavidAyerMovies) August 2, 2016
Marvel is still the undisputed king of the box office when it comes to comparing the comic powerhouses on the big screen, though that may change with "Squad," which is already anticipated to have a majorly huge, record-breaking opening weekend (and perhaps unseat a little Marvel summer hit called "Guardians of the Galaxy"). We'll have to wait until next Monday to see who reigns supreme in this current battle.
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