David Ayer Blasts WB For Not Releasing His Cut Of Suicide Squad


David Ayer has revealed that his version of Suicide Squad is “vastly better” than what Warner Bros and DC Films released in theatres. The director has been telling everyone since November 2019 on social media that the film that was released in cinemas was not his.

Not only that, but he has shown his version privately to some people. That even includes people from Warner Bros hoping that it will be released similar to what happened with Zack Snyder’s Justice League.

The release of Snyder’s Justice League was so successful that it proved that the original director’s version was vastly superior to the cinematic release. Many of David Ayer’s fans have called out to Warner Bros to release Ayer’s version of Suicide Squad.

Since Warner Bros. has not made any announcements of its release, some question if his film was actually watchable.

David Ayer’s Suicide Squad Is “Vastly Superior” Than The Cinematic Version

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Suicide Squad director David Ayer replied to a fan with regard to his film being called “trash”:

My cut isn’t perfect. But it’s vastly better that the studio hack job. People have seen it. The typical reaction is shock how much better it is. This is across a sample of ages and fans and non fans. You’re speaking from negativity not openness. Why?

It’s not just Ayer who has said that the cinematic release is not his version. Even Charles Roven, the producer of the film, has said the same thing. He told The Hollywood Reporter back in August 2021 that even though the film was edited by both John Gilroy (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) and Lee Smith (1917, The Dark Knight Trilogy), the cinematic release was not from any of them. Warner Bros hired an unnamed editor to make the final cut for the film.

Of course, this is frustrating for any director or for any creative artist, for that matter. Think about the years of work being done on a project, and suddenly you are told that it can’t be shown.

It is also said that Ayer preferred the Lee Smith version, but there are speculations that this version of the film has never been seen in test audiences.

Even the director himself did say that his cut “isn’t perfect.” Regardless, many have shown support for the director.

I really hope your cut gets released. I can’t even imagine how frustrating it would be to have the world judging Suicide Squad without you being able to show the film as intended.

I’ve never saw any Ayer movie that was bad, not even a DC movie that was, not until they started radically re-editing them after done to follow demographic trends from another studios

Would love to see it. While I enjoy the version released enough, there’s substantial issues that exist. Would be keen to see your take start to credits

David Ayer’s Suicide Squad Still Has Hope To Be Released


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It’s not surprising why he wants his film to be released. It seems that the director has struggled getting other projects off the ground since Suicide Squad was released. He’s known for making incredibly gritty and realistic dramas. Training Day (2001), End of Watch (2012) and Fury (2014) had positive reviews from critics and audiences. And obviously, Suicide Squad didn’t feel like any film he’s done.

After Zack Snyder was able to release his Justice League on HBO Max, there seemed to be a redemption in his career. He didn’t direct any films between the 2016 to 2021. Since the release of the HBO Max special, Snyder has been hired by Netflix to do multiple original projects. Because of it, it’s not impossible to see that Ayer wants to show the world his version of Suicide Squad.

When James Gunn and Peter Safran took charge of the new DC Studios, Ayer asked if there was a chance for the film to be released. And with that, Ayer did reveal that David Ayer’s Suicide Squad could happen in the future. But for now, since Gunn and Safran are focused on the new DC Universe, Ayer’s cut of the film will have to wait.

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  1. Al

    yup “many have shown support”. Devin with his 9 likes and Matt with his 2 – it’s hard to see how this cut isn’t being released.

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