David Ayer Wants His Own Shot at a Director’s Cut for ‘Suicide Squad’

Following the announcement that Zack Snyder will get his own cut of “Justice League” released, David Ayer would like the same for “Suicide Squad”…

Now that Zack Snyder will get to release his own version of “Justice League,” another former DC director is hoping for the same treatment for his movie.

David Ayer, who directed the 2016 film “Suicide Squad,” would love the chance to go back and make the movie he originally intended. According to Ayer, most of his original footage ended up on the cutting room floor and he didn’t get to tell the story he intended when initially signing onto direct “Suicide Squad.”

“This is a good question,” Ayer wrote on Twitter in responds to a message about a director’s cut of “Suicide Squad.” “My cut would be easy to complete. It would be incredibly cathartic for me.
“It’s exhausting getting your ass kicked for a film that got the Edward Scissorhands treatment. The film I made has never been seen.”


Ayer added that he believes the version of “Suicide Squad” he actually wanted to make was better than the version that was released in theaters. While that film grossed over $746 million at the box office, the reviews for the movie were not stellar.

“My cut isn’t the apotheosis of filmmaking,” Ayer wrote. “It’s simply better than what the public has seen – and yes it would make sense to update it.”

Snyder will get his second shot at “Justice League” thanks to an outpouring of fan support to see his version of the movie after he was forced to drop off the project due to the tragic death of his daughter. Joss Whedon stepped into finish the film, but the end result was not beloved by audiences or critics.

The new “Snyder Cut” of “Justice League” will land on HBO Max in 2021.

As far as Ayer getting his chance at a second bite of the apple in “Suicide Squad,” it seems slim that DC and Warner Bros. will want to revisit that film considering James Gunn has his own version called “The Suicide Squad” already in post production with a release date scheduled for August 6, 2021.

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