Did David Ayer Confirm His Suicide Squad Cut Is Not Dead?

David Ayer posted a tweet earlier today in which he spoke of his cut of Suicide Squad and it was very emotional.

The filmmaker actually covered a lot more than just this, David Ayer posted a tweet earlier today in which he spoke of his cut of Suicide Squad and it was very emotional letter he posted on Twitter.

He spoke of his upbringing, his childhood, his career in the film industry.

Ayer also took the time to congratulate James Gunn on his The Suicide Squad, which it seems as though Ayer is a fan of.

However, one thing that he did say at the end of the letter is that he will not be talking about his cut of Suicide Squad publicly anymore.

A lot of fans have taken this to mean that we will never get to see the Ayer Cut be released.

Well, looking into what he said and reading in between the lines, I think he was actually saying the opposite.

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Let’s have a look at what he wrote in that letter.

The studio cut is not my movie. Read that again. And my cut is not the 10 week director’s cut – It’s a fully mature edit by Lee Smith standing on the incredibly [sic] work by John Gilroy. It’s all Steven Price’s brilliant score, with not a single radio song in the whole thing. It has traditional character arcs, amazing performances, a solid 3rd Act resolution.

So, what he’s admitting there is that his cut of the movie does exist.

This isn’t like what happened with Zack Snyder when people were claiming that his cut didn’t exist.

What Ayer is saying here is that the movie – his cut of the movie – is done.

He then went on to state that only “a handful of people” have seen his cut of the film.

Ayer also added that “if someone says they have seen it, they haven’t.”

That makes sense. There will only be a few people to whom he has shown the movie.

Some of those people will be the ones who’ve helped him to complete his cut.

David Ayer put his life in Suicide Squad

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Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures

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The filmmaker then went on to say the following:

I put my life into Suicide Squad. I made something amazing – My cut is [an] intricate and emotional journey with some ‘bad people’ who are sh*t on and discarded (a theme that resonates in my soul).

This is him being incredibly personal about the movie that he made.

He then went on to talk about the fact that he’s never publicly spoken about what went on whilst making the movie.

Ayer revealed that he had to ensure a “tsunami of sometimes shockingly personal criticisms”, which is just not on.

Here’s what he said on the matter:

I never told my side of the story and I never will. Why?…I keep my covenants. I’m old school like that. I kept my mouth shut and took the tsunami of sometimes shockingly personal criticisms. Why? That’s what I’ve done my whole life.

Ayer called out Warner Bros. Pictures’ execs and producers

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I’m pretty sure he’s talking about Warner Bros. Pictures executives and producers here.

That shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to hear that he was badly treated by the higher ups.

It seems like a lot of people were, including the likes of Zack Snyder.

The way Warner Bros. Pictures has treated its filmmakers in recent years has been shocking.

It’s made even more shocking by the fact that they’re meant to be the studio for filmmakers.

However, Ayer also took the time in his letter to praise James Gunn and his The Suicide Squad movie.

I’m so proud of James and excited for the success that’s coming. I support WB and am thrilled the franchise is getting the legs it needs. I’m rooting for everyone, the cast, the crew. Every movie is a miracle. And James’ [sic] brilliant work will be the miracle of miracles.

David Ayer is not a quitter

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Yet, before that part of the letter, Ayer took to time to talk about quitting.

He basically said that he will never quit, and I think this is key.

Ayer isn’t going to quit and he will do everything within his power to make sure people get to see his cut of Suicide Squad.

Here’s what he said:

So, yeah. Should be clear by now I [don’t] have any quit in me. Never have. And why should I? Every day breathing is a gift. I though[t] my story was going to end in a grave or a cell long ago. So these I’m living are bonus rounds. I’m honored and blessed to have the career I do. Quit? After my kids watched me come home every day after the studio takeover of the editor with my heart torn out? Who would I be to them if I quit?

Ayer is not giving up the fight

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This is, I believe, the most important part of Ayer’s letter as far as his Suicide Squad cut is concerned.

This battle isn’t over, and this is very personal for Ayer.

He will keep on battling for the movie to be released.

However, Ayer then ended his letter with these two sentences, and I think these are important:

I appreciate your patience. I will no longer speak publically on this matter.

So, I think this is Ayer saying that he will keep on fighting for the movie, but he won’t talk about it publicly anymore.

I’m also pretty sure that Warner Bros. asked him to stop talking about the movie publicly.

Have Ayer and Warner Bros. struck a deal?

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Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures

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This could actually be a very good thing for the Ayer Cut.

This could mean that Warner Bros. Pictures has capitulated and agreed to release the film on the proviso that Ayer stops talking about it publicly.

It’s not good PR for Warner Bros. and not good for their current The Suicide Squad movie.

What do you make of this feature?

Do Ayer’s words give you hope for the Ayer Cut, or do they make you think that it’s not happening?

Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.


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