David Ayer, director of 2016’s Suicide Squad, has opened up about just how much of his original director's cut was left on the cutting room floor.
When asked which scene was the toughest to leave out of Suicide Squad, Ayer said on Twitter, “The first 40 minutes.”
Elaborating upon it further, he explained it was “ripped to pieces – I can’t emphasize that enough” and that “[Batman v Superman] got chewed up by the critics, and the success of Deadpool – the studio leadership at the time [then] panicked. Then major elements of my cut were ripped out before I could mature the edit. Then [Geoff] Johns [then-president of DC Entertainment] wrote pages I had to reshoot.”
It was ripped to pieces - I can’t emphasize that enough https://t.co/O40q3Qozy7October 31, 2020
For sure that became a factor - but the reason was BVS got chewed up by the critics, and the success of Deadpool - the studio leadership at the time panicked. Then major elements of my cut were ripped out before I could mature the edit. Then Johns wrote pages I had to reshoot 😔 https://t.co/MNmiXoH1CcOctober 31, 2020
It’s unclear just exactly what was changed and how much of it was changed, but Ayer has been vocal in the past about his original movie and what was changed before studio edits. Previously, he outlined one such aspect of his Suicide Squad – featuring “terrifying” Joker scenes.
Ayer has also moved to deny reports that his original version for Suicide Squad would be repackaged and re-released on HBO Max. “Not true” was his reply when asked on Twitter – but he has pushed for fans to help him bring the 'Ayer Cut' to the streaming service.
Despite the behind-the-scenes controversy, one aspect from the film remains. Jared Leto’s Joker, at least, has a new lease of life. He’s set to appear in Zack Snyder’s Justice League after reportedly being involved in additional photography for the HBO Max re-release.
It remains to be seen, though, whether David Ayer will have the last laugh and get his Suicide Squad off the ground. In the meantime, check out the best superhero movies of all time.