David Ayer appeared at San Diego Comic-Con on Thursday to promote his new movie Bright, and he may have also taken a shot at one of his old employers.
While talking about the setting of the film, Ayer explained how real and gritty the world of Bright felt...even though it's populated by elves and orcs. "This movie is about LA, but a fucked up LA, but our world is fucked up," Ayer said. "This isn't some bullshit, produced PG-13 shit movie, I was able to do my thing."
Many took Ayer's comments as a shot against Ayer's last project, Suicide Squad, which was a "gritty" PG-13 film. While Suicide Squad was a box office success, it received miserable reviews and even Ayer admitted afterwards the film was flawed.
There were also rumors that Ayer faced immense pressure from Warner Bros while filming and editing Suicide Squad. Warner Bros. also declined to finance Bright, which led to Ayer approaching Netflix while finishing up Suicide Squad.
At least one positive came out of Suicide Squad for Ayer, as he re-teamed up with star Will Smith for Bright.
Ayer also commented on the freedom that Netflix and Bright allowed him. "This is a new kind of thing we are doing. It can comment on social issues, but using fairies and other things. This is some real shit."
Bright will be released on December 22nd on Netflix.
The official description for Bright is below:
"Set in an alternate present-day where humans, orcs, elves and fairies have been coexisting since the beginning of time, this action-thriller directed by David Ayer (Suicide Squad, End of Watch, writer of Training Day) follows two cops from very different backgrounds. Ward, a human (Will Smith), and Jakoby, an orc (Joel Edgerton), embark on a routine night patrol that will alter the future of their world as they know it. Battling both their own personal differences as well as an onslaught of enemies, they must work together to protect a young female elf and a thought-to-be-forgotten relic, which in the wrong hands could destroy everything.
"The Netflix original film stars Will Smith, Joel Edgerton, Noomi Rapace, Lucy Fry, Edgar Ramirez, Ike Barinholtz, Enrique Murciano, Jay Hernandez, Andrea Navedo, Veronica Ngo, Alex Meraz, Margaret Cho, Brad William Henke, Dawn Olivieri, and Kenneth Choi. The film is directed by David Ayer and written by Max Landis. David Ayer, Eric Newman, and Bryan Unkeless serve as producers."