Will Smith just breathed new life into the #ReleasetheAyerCut campaign for “Suicide Squad.”
Maybe Ayer Cut isn’t so dead (shot).
“Let me tell you, there’s a lot that’s still on the floor for ‘Suicide Squad’,” Smith said. “I like it. I love that world. I like what’s created in both versions. I absolutely love it [see it]. ”
After HBO Max Released “Zack Snyder’s Justice League,” Ayer tweeted that his #AyerCut would be “easy” to structure and ultimately capture his original “Suicide Squad” storyline.
“It will be extremely stimulating for me,” Ayer writes. “It’s exhausting to be kicked ass for a movie with the ‘Edward Scissorhands’ treatment. The movie I made has never been seen.”
Since the film’s release, Ayer has spoken out about how his initial view of the film differs from the final installment, including speculate that Warner Bros. forced Ayer to cut Jared Leto’s screen time as the Joker. Ayer has denied that the limited Leto role has anything to do with his performance. “That is incorrect information,” the director said at the time. “Not my words or my actions.”
Ayer publicly criticized the film’s extensive reworking of the theatrical release and compared the negative reviews from critics to receiving “throat cut. ”
The franchise reboot featuring James Gunn’s 2021 sequel “The Suicide Squad” led to Ayer accusing Warner Bros. once again censoring his vision, as reported by The Hollywood Reporter.
“I have put my life in ‘Suicide Squad,’ Ayer writes in a Twitter thread titled “My Turn”. “I did something amazing. My cut is a complicated and emotional journey with some bad people, bad guys and trash (a theme that resonates in my soul). The clipped clip is not my movie. Repeat. And my cut isn’t a 10-week director’s cut – it’s Lee Smith’s fully mature edit standing on top of John Gilroy’s incredible work. All to the great point of Steven Price, there’s not a single radio song in the whole thing. It has traditional character arcs, great performances, solid third action resolution. A handful of people have seen it.”
Ayer added, “I’ve never told my story and never will… I’m old schooled like that. So I shut up and took in the tsunami of sometimes shocking personal criticisms.”
WarnerMedia Studios CEO Ann Sarnoff told Diversity in March 2021 that Ayer Cut was not moving forward, despite fan campaigns.
“We’re not going to develop the David Ayer cut,” Sarnoff confirmed.
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