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Suicide Squad Ayer Cut: New Details Reveal How The Film Was Changed

Ever since Zack Snyder’s Justice League was announced, the fans have also wanted the Suicide Squad Ayer Cut. Initially, David Ayer stated that the theatrical version of Suicide Squad was his desired cut. But almost 4 years after the release of the film, he revealed that Warner Bros. had ordered significant changes in his original cut. His original cut of the film was an action-drama movie. But the studio wanted it to be an action-comedy like Guardians of the Galaxy.

It is known that the entire third act of Suicide Squad was altered, and heavy reshoots took place to change the direction. Geoff Johns did a lot of rewrites to add some humor. But now, one of the editors of Suicide Squad, Kevin Hickman has revealed some more changes that WB had forced upon Ayer. Suicide Squad could have had a longer runtime since the introduction of the roster originally took more than double screen time than it did in the theatrical cut.

Suicide Squad David Ayer’s Cut
Suicide Squad David Ayer’s Cut

While speaking with CinemaBlend, Hickman said:

“Suicide Squad was a challenge because we had so many characters and at some point we screened it for the studio and they wanted to take things in a different direction. [Warner Bros wanted the] origin of the characters to happen much closer to the beginning and insert a level of comedy into the film… We ended up having to restructure how the characters were introduced. That was something that we toyed with right up until the movie was finished. In the original structure, the characters are kind of introduced in linear fashion and the way that it ended up, we spent the first 20 minutes like bam, here’s this guy, bam, here’s this person, here’s their origin, here’s their backstory. So we kind of shoved everything into the viewer’s face right up front so that we could get the story going. Whereas in the original structure, it kind of happened in many events. So you’re, you know, 45 minutes in the movie and now we’re meeting this person and seeing their backstory.”

David Ayer's Suicide Squad Cut Exists

One major aspect of Suicide Squad that was left out was Jared Leto’s performance as the Joker. Leto revealed that he had shot enough material to make his own solo Joker movie. Hickman revealed how his scenes were removed. He said:

“And for a lot of the material, we just couldn’t find a purpose for it because sometimes he would just go off on such crazy, insane tangents and it would be really hard to weave it into the film. Sometimes it just wasn’t appropriate for what he was doing but, it would have been nice to have more of that Joker character a little bit more fleshed out then what came out in the movie.”

Finally, Hickman said that we should certainly get the Suicide Squad Ayer Cut because just like Zack Snyder’s Justice League, it is totally different from the theatrical cut. Hickman said:

“I would like to see David’s final version of the film. I saw what David was trying to do with the film and I thought it was a pretty bold film. It was less comedy. It was a much darker film. It was almost like a Black Hawk Down type thing. It was just very militarized, very serious. I mean, of course there were supposed to be comedic moments with Will Smith, but it was a darker film. I like where David was going with it and it would be really nice to see him be able to finish what he started. I don’t know if that will happen now because of James Gunn’s reboot, which I haven’t seen yet, but from the trailer it looks like a lot of fun. It definitely feels like a different vibe than what David Ayer would have made, but I am really looking forward to seeing what James Gunn did because I’m a big fan of his work.”

The Suicide Squad Ayer Cut was going to be its own unique thing, but WB made it more like Guardians of the Galaxy. And now they’ve got James Gunn for The Suicide Squad. He’d deliver on the kind of film that they wanted to see with the first Suicide Squad. WB has confirmed that they won’t be releasing the Ayer Cut. Although with Discovery being in charge of things, let’s see if the SnyderVerse gets restored.

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