SUICIDE SQUAD Director David Ayer Says His Original Cut "Scared The Sh*t Out Of Executives"
David Ayer believes his original take on Suicide Squad was very different to the movie that Warner Bros. released, and in a new interview, the director says his cut was "ripped to pieces" by the studio.
Zack Snyder may have been given the chance to return to Justice League, but Warner Bros. boss Ann Sarnoff hasn't been swayed by the #ReleaseTheAyerCut campaign, and recently made it very clear that she doesn't plan on affording David Ayer the same opportunity to show the world his original take on Suicide Squad.
Ayer has always maintained that Warner Bros. made extensive alternations to his film after the (mostly) negative reaction to Batman V Superman, and that the theatrical release differed considerably from his original vision for Task Force X.
Now, the filmmaker has elaborated on his behind-the-scenes clashes with studio execs who were determined to lighten the tone.
"I get it, it's a business," Ayer tells EW. "It's frustrating because I made a really heartfelt drama and it got ripped to pieces and they tried to turn it into Deadpool, which it just wasn't supposed to be. And then you take the hit, you're the captain of the ship, my name was on it. [Laughs] Even though it didn't represent what I actually made, I would take all the bullets and be a good soldier. I made an amazing movie. It's an amazing movie, it just scared the s--- out of the executives."
The first couple of trailers for Suicide Squad did seem to be at odds with the finished film from a tonal standpoint, and many fans are still very curious to see "The Ayer Cut."
"I think the studios see now that there can be canon, there can be non-canon, the fans just want to touch it," Ayer continues. "They love the characters, they just want to spend more time with it. And people are way more sophisticated about how movies are made and want to be participants in the journey. There's room for different things, different versions, different assets being shared with the audience. I think it just helps strengthen the community. But absolute credit to Warner Bros. for supporting Zack and having the courage to explore that."
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