Filmmaker David Ayer is still holding onto hope that the director’s cut (aka. the ‘Ayer Cut’) of his 2016 DC Comics adaptation “Suicide Squad” will get a release someday.
Ayer responded on Twitter to a user asking why he was still promoting his version of the film a full seven years after the theatrical cut’s release.
He responded that the “unseen film plays much better than the studio release” and that DC Studios boss James Gunn told him that the Ayer Cut “would have its time to be shared” but sadly didn’t elaborate.
He did add that Gunn “Absolutely deserves to launch to launch his DC universe without more drama about old projects.” Ayer has long been outspoken about how the widely dismissed theatrical cut was not his preferred version of the film.
Back in 2021, he said his version is not an early Assembly Cut but a “fully mature edit” with no radio music drops, traditional character arcs, a quite different third act and more. Actor Will Smith has previously indicated his support of an Ayer cut release.
Gunn meanwhile directed his own “The Suicide Squad” back in 2021, which brought back some elements from Ayer’s film such as Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn, Joel Kinnaman’s Rick Flagg and Viola Davis’ Amanda Waller.