In an Instagram post the duo accuse David Ayer of “jockin” their look.
If the 26% rating on Rotten Tomatoes wasn’t bad enough, Suicide Squad director David Ayer has accusations of plagiarism to contend with. On Instagram, Die Antwoord’s Yolandi Visser has accused the director of ripping off their style.
As Pitchfork notes, Visser accused Ayer of “jockin” their black and white look, the opening sequence to their ‘Umshini Wam’ video directed by Harmony Korine and “all da lil tiny details u nibbeld dat other people wont see but we notice.”
The accompanying video shows comparison shots of Die Antwoord’s Ninja next to Jared Leto’s Joker and Yolandi next to Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn. They appear to show similarities in costume, make-up and art direction between some of the band’s photos and the movie.
Visser also claims that Suicide Squad stars Jared Leto and Cara Delevingne told the duo Ayer was talking about them on set and didn’t respond to their text messages. “U were jus flauntin our names pretendin to b down. u aint down an u never will b,” they say.
Die Antwoord aren’t the only musicians with reservations about the DC supervillain team-up movie. Beyoncé producer Boots last week said he turned down the chance to work on the Suicide Squad soundtrack after seeing early footage of the film.
Last week Skrillex and Rick Ross unveiled their video for Suicide Squad track ‘Purple Lamborghini’, featuring Leto in character as The Joker. Watch that below.