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08th Aug 2023

Unseen version of Suicide Squad movie gets exciting update

Stephen Porzio

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For those wanting to see David Ayer’s cut of Suicide Squad, the filmmaker has some good news.

Ever since it arrived in theatres in the summer of 2016, there has been talk of a director’s cut of DC superhero flick Suicide Squad.

Though the version released in cinemas was a huge hit and sparked a sequel and spin-offs, the movie was widely panned by critics. However, in the years since, there have been numerous reports of behind-the-scenes disagreements between producers at Warner Bros. and the film’s writer/director David Ayer while it was being made.

Ayer, meanwhile, has also stated in the past that he has a preferred cut of Suicide Squad than the one released into theatres, claiming that his version is “vastly better than the studio hack job”.

As such, there has been a strong swell of support to #ReleaseTheAyerCut, a fan movement following in the footsteps of the much improved Snyder Cut of Justice League that was eventually shown to the public.

And for those dying to witness this director’s cut of Suicide Squad, Ayer has shared a positive update.

At the weekend, the filmmaker posted an image of Jared Leto playing The Joker in Suicide Squad to Twitter, leading one user to quip: “Not to call out David by saying this, but you do know this was released back in 2016, right?”

In response, Ayer wrote back:

“What’s your advice on how to navigate this situation with grace? There’s a genuine curiosity and interest from a lot of people. And I’m aware of there is another group of people that have fun mocking the film.

“Your comment is a perfect example of how many are magnetically drawn [to] discussion [of] the 2016 film in a negative way.

“Have you ever had an experience in life that didn’t [work out] the way you wanted, that dragged you, that made you rethink everything? I have.”

Ayer went on to reaffirm that his cut of Suicide Squad is better than the one released into theatres and that James Gunn, the recently appointed co-chairman and co-CEO of DC Studios, told him that this version “would have it’s time to be shared”.

“All I know is my unseen film plays much better than the studio release,” he said.

“The interest in my cut being [shown] seems real and organic. And Gunn told me it would have it’s time to be shared. He absolutely deserves to launch his DC universe without more drama about old projects.

“In a way I’m chained to this thing. I’m riding a tiger here and navigating this situation the best I can. Life is a very strange journey. Welcome to my Ted talk.”

That said, fans may be left waiting quite a while for the Ayer cut to see the light of day.

This is as the filmmaker was quick to shut down rumours that his version of Suicide Squad would be released before Gunn’s upcoming Superman: Legacy movie flies into theatres in 2025.

Meanwhile, to read about the possible release of a different cut of Batman Forever, click right here.

You can also check out JOE’s interview with Suicide Squad’s music composer Steven Price – where he weighed in on #ReleaseTheAyerCut movement – at this link.

Main image via Twitter/DavidAyer

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