David Ayer, director of Suicide Squad, wants everyone to know that he's quite sick and tired of being blamed for WB's heavily altered theatrical cut. Ever since Justice League hit theaters in 2017, there's been a movement to get Zack Snyder's original cut of the film released, due to widespread dissatisfaction with replacement director Joss Whedon's version. Oddly enough though, there's never really been much of a push to make Warner Bros. release Ayer's original cut of Suicide Squad.
This is most likely due to two major factors. One, while an often acclaimed writer and director, Ayer's fanbase isn't quite as rabid as Snyder's, whose followers seemingly track his every move. Secondly, Justice League is just an inherently higher profile project, serving as the first live-action big screen rendition of DC's most treasured team of superheroes. Still, many do wonder what Ayer's original vision for Suicide Squad would've looked like, although the director's given fans looks at what was here and there.
As theatrically released, Suicide Squad is one of those odd movies that made a boatload of money, but few people really seem to love. Sure, the film has its fans, but it's rare to see anyone champion it as a top tier DC-based effort. Would Ayer's cut serve to improve Suicide Squad's reputation? There's no way to be sure, but the filmmaker himself sure would love nothing more than for people who didn't like the theatrical cut to quit dropping the blame at his doorstep. As he's made clear multiple times, his vision is far from what made it to the screen, which Ayer recently reiterated on Twitter.
Thank you for this. The film industry is exactly that - an industry - it keeps growing and moving forward. Yet I know @JamesGunn will make something amazing. My frustration comes from being hammered for something that was not my original vision. https://t.co/CcUGPMORg4— David Ayer (@DavidAyerMovies) September 14, 2019
For context, the above post came at the end of a back and forth with film critic David Ehrlich, who lamented the fact that the marketing blitz and fan excitement had already begun for James Gunn's sequel The Suicide Squad, with seemingly everyone already forgetting how disappointed they were in the first film. Ayer took that as a personal attack, but the two ultimately cleared the air, as seen above. It's certainly understandable that Ayer is frustrated by fans slamming Suicide Squad and putting the blame at his feet, despite it being long since clear that his original version was heavily retooled.
Considering statements like the one above though, it's getting harder and harder to imagine Warner Bros. ever actually deciding to let Ayer's original cut of Suicide Squad see the light of day. He's obviously still bothered by what they did to his movie, and really isn't pulling punches anymore when he talks about the subject. In a fun aside though, James Gunn actually responded to Ayer's post above with a praying hands emoji, showing he appreciates the vote of confidence.
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