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David Ayer disowns the theatical cut of Suicide Squad

August 1st, 2021 by Marc Comments

Being a fan these days is such a complicated business… if you allow it to be.

So, here’s the thing, we here at FTN Towers have all seen The Suicide Squad in the cinema now and, well, we all loved it (I’ve seen it twice now and loved it even more the second time) but, if we listened to certain corners of the fandom, that means we’re betraying Zack Snyder and Suicide Squad (the first movie) director David Ayer as his original version has yet to be seen and was firmly part of Zack Snyder’s vision for the DCEU.


And I get that. But, I also really just want to go back to the time when I just loved movies and characters and while we did our part to support the Snyder Cut and have done our part to supper the Ayer cut too – a movie I really want to see as I feel like I’m the only person who genuinely loves the theatrical cut too – we just want to see what comes next and if it’s good.

But, with all this going on, Ayer has taken to social media to give his final word on the theatrical cut and where he stands on it (below).

“I put my life into Suicide Squad,” wrote Ayer.

“I made something amazing. My cut is [an] intricate and emotional journey with some bad people who are s**t on and discarded (a theme that resonates in my soul). The studio cut is not my movie. Read that again. And my cut is not the 10 week director’s cut – it’s a fully mature edit by Lee Smith standing on the incredible work by John Gilroy. It’s all Steven Price’s brilliant score, with not a single radio song in the whole thing. It has traditional character arcs, amazing performances, a solid third-act resolution. A handful of people have seen it.”

He also added that, while his vision has been compromised by Warner Bros, he’s supportive of James Gunn who has said several times that his vision for The Suicide Squad was not inhibited at all by the studio: “I’m so proud of James and excited for the success that’s coming.

“I support WB and am thrilled the franchise is getting the legs it needs. I’m rooting for everyone, the cast, the crew. Every movie is a miracle. And James’ brilliant work will be the miracles of miracles. I appreciate your patience. I will no longer speak publicly on this matter.”

In a show of support, Gunn replied: “All my love and admiration, friend.”

Honestly, I thought that we might have seen Ayer’s movie getting released ahead of Gunn’s follow-up as it just would have, in my opinion, made sense because, from all reports, the original cut was more-or-less finished and ready to go, unlike The Snyder Cut which needed substantial work done to make it release ready.

But, it never came and, while I still believe it may eventually see a release, I think it may be a time to stop harbouring ill feelings over this and just relax and enjoy movies for what they are… I find,  as I get older, I feel less militant about these things (although I still hate what Disney did with the last two Star Wars movies – el oh el) and have learned that there’s more important things in the world to fight for.

Either way, I feel like I now have two Suicide Squad movies that I love and, well, that’s a win-win in my book. Now, can’t we all just get along?


Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….