David Ayer talks about Suicide Squad: ‘It would be incredibly cathartic’ to release director’s cut

Director David Ayer
David Ayer says it would be “cathartic” to release his cut of Suicide Squad. Pic credit: ©

Director David Ayer says it would be “cathartic” to release an “Ayer cut” of his 2016 superhero movie Suicide Squad — which was widely panned by critics.

Ayer’s comment comes soon after the news that the “Snyder cut” of the 2017 movie Justice League will be released to reveal director Zack Snyder’s original vision for the movie.

Ayer’s Suicide Squad, based on the DC Comics supervillain team of the same name, starred Will Smith, Margot Robbie, and Jared Leto.

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Although the film performed well at the box office, grossing more than $745 million worldwide, critics weren’t as enthused.

The movie scored a dismal 27 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with the critical consensus that it had a “disappointing end result” due to a “muddled plot, thinly written characters, and choppy directing.”

Ayer was responding to a question on Twitter

Ayer said he would find it “cathartic” to release his cut of Suicide Squad while responding to a question on Twitter.

Collider’s Steven Weintraub noted in a Twitter comment that the version of Suicide Squad that was released “was not the movie @DavidAyerMovies wanted to release.”

He then asked Ayer whether he would release his cut of the film on HBO Max.

“I’m sure a lot of DC fans would love to see an alt version of the film and it would help sell app,” Weintraub said.

Ayer responded:

“My cut would be easy to complete. It would be incredibly cathartic for me… The film I made has never been seen.”

He insisted in his response to another question that his cut was better than what the public saw.

“My cut isn’t the apotheosis of filmmaking. It’s simply better than what the public has seen.”

However, Ayer did not appear optimistic that fans would ever get to see his cut.

“My cut of Suicide Squad may always be just a rumor. And that’s just fine.”

Ayer had previously said his cut of Suicide Squad was different

Ayer had previously revealed in a September 2018 tweet that the final version of Suicide Squad which movie fans saw was much different from what he had originally envisioned.

Before the release of Suicide Squad in 2016, there had been reports that the movie was being reshot and edited to make changes that significantly altered the characters, story, and tone of the movie.

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