‘Suicide Squad’ Director Blames The Success Of ‘Deadpool’ For Murdering His Movie

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One of the unexpected repercussions of the massive “Snyder Cut” announcement is that it’s inspired Suicide Squad director David Ayer to try and build support for the “Ayer Cut” of his own film. Naturally, much of the film community — myself included — was not too receptive.

It’s not that I don’t think Ayer deserves to have his vision for Suicide Squad seen by the world, it’s just that — no matter how many ways ’till Sunday he tries to blame studio re-writes and re-shoot — he was the man in charge when someone at Warner Bros. decided to tattoo “damaged” on Joker’s forehead. The film was dead the moment that happened.

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Still, though, despite the initial lukewarm reaction from the internet at large, Ayer has remained committed to pushing the idea of the “Ayer Cut”, as the Fury and End of Watch director spent part of the weekend discussing the film on Twitter with his fans, specifically highlighting when, where, and how his film went wrong (which is something Zack Snyder never did, by the way):

Cathy Yan, the director of Birds of Prey, also chimed in to share her sympathies:

While I understand and appreciate Ayer’s sentiment, the fact remains that — unless Jared Leto’s Joker was entirely reimagined — there is nothing that makes me want to see another version of Suicide Squad. At least with the Snyder Cut of Justice League, there’s a tangible reason as to why it all fell apart: Snyder’s daughter tragically took her own life, forcing him to walk away from the project. In Ayer’s case, he just got strong-armed by the studio. Only slightly different.


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