Suicide Squad Ayer Cut: What is happening?

Suicide Squad Ayer Cut is the director’s version, which did not see. You thought Justice League was the end? Afraid not. Weeks after WarnerMedia announced Zack Snyder’s Justice League for its new HBO Max streaming service, DC fans are now advocating for David Ayer to have his “Ayer Cut” of the 2016 movie Suicide Squad.

Here’s everything you need to know about the “Ayer Cut,” the circumstances of its existence, and what it might contain based on what David Ayer has publicly revealed.

Suicide Squad Ayer Cut?

The “Ayer Cut,” is the unreleased unchanged version of the director’s cut of Suicide Squad,. It is the 2016 DC villain ensemble that debuted Margot Robbie’s breakout version of Harley Quinn. Based on the DC Comics series, the film involves supervillains under custody who are recruited for a hazardous mission. Upon completion, they’ll be rewarded with reduced sentences.

It also starred Will Smith, Jared Leto, Viola Davis, Cara Delevigne, Joel Kinnaman, Jai Courtney, and more. David Harbour (Stranger Things) had a small role, and Ben Affleck appeared in a surprise cameo.

Justice League had a change in directors and a significant change in story and tone along with it. But the Suicide Squad is a little more dramatic situation. The movie’s director was not changed and still directed by David Ayer all the way through. The film credits him as well. But in the editing and scripting room, the movie underwent a significant change in tone. Also, some character arcs changed by Geoff Johns.

The general timeline of the Suicide Squad is as follows: At San Diego Comic-Con in 2015, Warner Bros. premiered the trailer for Suicide Squad. The trailer wowed Hall H with an arresting, dark tone and an unusual approach to superhero movies that felt different even at that moment in time. “Promising as hell” is how many described it when it premiered.

The movie is thoroughly looking to a dark. The eerie cover of “I Started a Joke” by ConfidentialMX, and Becky Hanson was the theme. Suicide Squad promised a sort of “supervillain The Wild Bunch” with psychological underpinnings. It also cast Jared Leto as the Joker, in a portrayal that looked like the next evolution of the iconic character after the late Heath Ledger.

Suicide Squad Ayer Cut
Bosslogic on Suicide Sqaud Ayer Cut

Suicide Squad Theatrical Version

After a few months of SDCC, in January 2016, before the release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, a new trailer with a lighter tone and higher energy premiered. It premiered during a DC television special on The CW. Theme was Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.” The newly released trailer felt more like a slick music video with chaos packing every frame. In one instance, Will Smith boxes to the rhythm of machine guns.

According to the director David Ayer, the negative reviews for Batman v Superman in March 2016 harbored on the film’s dark tone. Also, R-rated Deadpool from 20th Century Fox destroyed box office records; Warner Bros. pivoted the theatrical cut of Suicide Squad. Warner Bros scheduled for an August release with a better mimic of the new trailer. This meant more comedy and more licensed music. Ayer himself confirmed on Twitter that this is what happened.


The earliest clue of an “Ayer Cut” came in back in 2017. In January that year, a few months after Suicide Squad came. Harley Quinn was everyone’s Halloween costume. A fan on Twitter shouted out to Ayer for a “masterpiece.” Moved by the fan, Ayer wrote a lengthy statement that revealed the Suicide Squad wasn’t all the way his vision. He also joked that there isn’t a “secret edit” of the film despite more recent evidence of the contrary:

David Ayer himself is now pushing for his director’s cut of the film, mostly on social media. Since late May, Ayer tweeted several times about “my cut” of Suicide Squad.

David Ayer on Suicide Squad Ayer Cut

Thank you so much. I know it’s a controversial film. I really tried to make something different, with a look and a voice of its own. Also, I took inspiration from the insanity of the original comics.
Making a movie is a journey, not a straight line. I learned so much. People want what they want, and everyone has a personal vision of how each character should look at the walk and talk. If you set out to make a mass appeal movie, it’s easy to end up with vanilla. But I went for it. And I know Squad has its flaws, Hell the World knows it. Nothing hurts more than to pick up a newspaper and see a couple of years of blood, sweat, and tears ripped to shreds. The hate game is strong out there.
The movie was wildly successful commercially. And the World got introduced into some very cool characters in the DC Universe. And that success is due exactly to the wonder and power of DC, of its characters. Would I do a lot of things differently? Yep, for sure.

Wish I had a time machine. I’d make Joker the main villain and engineer a more grounded story. I have to take the good and bad and learn from it. I love making movies and I love DC. I’m a High School dropout and used to paint houses for a living. I’m lucky to have the job I have. I have to give the characters the stories and plots they deserve next time. Real talk. (And no, there isn’t a secret edit of the film with a bunch of Joker scenes hidden in a salt mine somewhere.)
David Ayer

What’s Next for DC fans and David Ayer?

David Ayer himself is now pushing for his director’s cut of the film, mostly on social media. After the announcement of Zack Snyder’s Justice League, Ayer tweeted several times about “my cut” of Suicide Squad.

Warner Bros. investing an expensive $30 million (or more) to finalize the Snyder Cut of Justice League. It’s unlikely that the Suicide Squad will get similar treatment anytime soon.

But stranger things happen all the time. If fans make a big enough stink about Suicide Squad and the cost to release a director’s cut are manageable, perhaps there may be an Ayer Cut release.

“I don’t mind if my cut is seen in 5 years,” Ayer told YouTuber Grace Randolph. ” I simply want the best version of my work represented. Zack deserves this wonderful wonderful opportunity he’s been given by @hbomax and @ATT — It’s all love.”

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