You want the Ayer Cut of Suicide Squad? It exists, but I doubt we’ll ever see it.
The fact that we’re getting the Snyder Cut of Justice League is amazing. It’s pretty much unprecedented. Getting an older cut of a film that requires tens of millions of dollars to finish is kind of insane. And yet, you know that fandom won’t stop there. You know they’ll want to dig deeper. As I indicated in a piece I wrote last week, the Snyder Cut is only the beginning. In addition to fans wanting a continuation of his DC Extended Universe, they’ll also be wanting David Ayer’s cut of Suicide Squad.
We’ve gone down the road of explaining this whole ordeal before, but it warrants another one. Back when Suicide Squad was first teased to audiences several years back, it was a very different-looking film. It was fairly dark, twisted, and a bit sad. However, following the disappointing Batman v Superman, it was clear Warner Bros. was getting cold feet. They cut a new trailer for Suicide Squad — a trailer that was all-around well-received by fans. This one touted a lighter tone and more fun style. Upon seeing that response, a new cut of the film was made in tandem with David Ayer’s cut.
When the film was released, however, Ayer stood by Warner Bros. He was very much a team player in the formation of the DCEU. In the future, he would say things along the lines of “the theatrical cut is my cut of the movie.”
Suicide Squad: The Ayer Cut
But does that mean his actual cut doesn’t exist? Doesn’t sound like it, as he revealed to fans recently. He first mentioned it in a tweet on May 20 when he said that Enchantress and June Moon characters were given a more full arc in his cut. A fan went on to state that this confirmed he has a cut.
Ayer responded in Spanish, “Of course it exists. And it’s almost done except for some visual effects.”
Claro que existe. Y esta casi completa menos unos efectos visuales. https://t.co/pRsEpRTvEJ
— David Ayer (@DavidAyerMovies) May 24, 2020
Will It Ever See The Light of Day?
So…what does this mean? Will David Ayer’s Suicide Squad ever release on HBO Max like its Justice League counterpart? Of course, given how things turned out with that, I will never say never…but it doesn’t seem likely. With Justice League, we had a filmmaker who was clearly disgruntled at how his movie was treated. He spent years sharing stuff with fans and encouraging the movement. While he had other projects in the work, it was clear Snyder hadn’t let go of Justice League.
Conversely, David Ayer seems to be like more of a team player. Based on a tweet on May 21, he knows how to play ball with the studio and respects the decisions they’ve made.
“It is simply not my call or my IP. I love WB – it’s always been my ‘home studio’ I fully respect and support the incredible path the DCU is taking under their stewardship. My cut of Suicide Squad may always be just a rumor. And that’s just fine.”
It is simply not my call or my IP. I love WB – it’s always been my ‘home studio’ I fully respect and support the incredible path the DCU is taking under their stewardship. My cut of Suicide Squad may always be just a rumor. And that’s just fine. https://t.co/Prlp8bPgy4
— David Ayer (@DavidAyerMovies) May 21, 2020
I think the main difference here, however, is that Ayer has moved on. Sure, Snyder went on to do his Netflix movie, but we never got the impression he had mentally disengaged from Justice League. Ayer, on the other hand, has been disengaged ever since the movie hit theaters. He’s moved on. Unlike Snyder, I don’t think he has much interest in retreading the past. Instead, he likely has his eyes to the future and is eager to protect his future career through good relationships with the studio.
Again, we don’t know this for sure. Tomorrow, this could all change, but one key component of all this seems to be the filmmaker. I don’t see Ayer taking a year out of his life to oversee the completion of his own cut like Zack Snyder. It may be disappointing to some, but we can’t forget that James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad is coming out. Hopefully, that’ll act as the reboot of the series we all deserve.
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