Suicide Squad Director David Ayer Pens Lengthy Letter Disowning Film, Teases Existence of “Amazing” Director’s Cut

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Training Day writer David Ayer released Suicide Squad in 2016, a live-action adaption of DC Comic’s popular team of disposable super villains that was lambasted and chastised by both critics and fans for everything from poor editing to Jared Leto’s polarizing depiction of a Joker with “Damaged” tattooed on his forehead.

Following glowing reviews of James Gunn’s new and unique take on the supervillain team debuting in theaters and HBO Max this Friday, August 6, Ayer has taken the opportunity to share a letter clarifying that the studio cut of Suicide Squad film isn’t his, despite him putting many years of his life into the project.

Ayer points out that his cut of Suicide Squad doesn’t have any of the out-of-place radio songs that were forced into the film by executives, who were presumably attempting to capture the same magic that Gunn did for Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy. He also explains that his version of the movie contains “traditional character arcs, amazing performances, [and] a solid third-act resolution,” implying a far better experience than what DC fans ultimately got in 2016.

The point that Ayer is clearly driving at is that his version of Suicide Squad deserves new funding for a director’s cut release, similar in vein to what Warner Bros. agreed to for Zack Snyder’s Justice League. But it isn’t clear how much traction the #releasetheayercut movement will ultimately gain.

I put my life into Suicide Squad. I made something amazing – My cut is intricate and emotional journey with some “bad people” who are sh*t on and discarded (a theme that resonates in my soul). The studio cut is not my movie. Read that again.

Source: David Ayer

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