nerd radio

Get ready for the new daily show

David Ayer reveals more details about his Suicide Squad ‘Ayer Cut’

June 1st, 2020 by Marc Comments

You may recall a few days ago I reported that an Ayer cut of Suicide Squad may be next from the folks at HBO Max after they deliver the Snyder Cut of Justice League and not writer/director David Ayer is giving us some tantalising new details about ‘his’ version of the movie.

He shared the poster at the top of his page on his social media pages too, which is a brazen and cool nod to what the fans now want… the #AyerCut.

But he has been prolifically tweeting and revealing why the movie was so changed in the editing room.

In a Tweet (below) the director was asked if he could explain why Jared Leto’s Joker seemed much darker in the Comic Con trailer (more on this trailer in a bit) than in the released movie.

His reply was not a surprise but good to hear: “This was reshot because the tone was ‘too dark.

My first act was a normally constructed film. I took my inspiration from [Christopher] Nolan. There were real scenes with incredible acting between Jared and [Harley Quinn actor] Margot [Robbie]. Joker was terrifying. Harley was complex.”

Speaking about the 2016 Comic Con exclusive first look trailer, Ayer has this to say on Twitter: “This trailer nailed the tone and intention of the film I made. Methodical. Layered. Complex, beautiful and sad. After the BVS reviews shell shocked the leadership at the time, and the success of Deadpool – My soulful drama was beaten into a ‘comedy'”

The trailer, below, does look much darker than the movie we got:

Another Twitter user said online: “Justice League had an entire change in director and plot details. Suicide squad’s editor might’ve changed, but trailer park was still working with footage filmed under Ayer’s control.”

Ayer, who does love to interact with his fans (and haters) simply replied: “Wrong”.

In another Tweet he wrote: “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.”

Another scene from the movie which appeared in the trailers and not in the movie involved Katana’s character whose eyes become black –  while glimpsed briefly in the trailer, the scene never made it into the movie… so what was happening?

“Enchantress takes her over with a tendril and she attacks the rest of the Squad,” Ayer says.

Katana’s character in the movie feels like an afterthought, but it really seems that Ayer intended on putting more meat on her bones.

And we know from previous Tweets and reports that in the original movie Will Smith’s Deadshot and Margot Robbie’s Harley did get together. We also learned that Diablo – one of the best characters in the movie – lived at the end of Ayer’s cut, whereas he dies in the theatrical release.

Love or hate Ayer’s movie, it’s hard to deny it would be very exciting to see HBO Max release it for the fans, especially as Ayer himself has stated that it would take very little (money) to make his cut into a presentable movie.

What do you all think? More Leto’s Joker, more plot, more character… I don’t know about you, but I think that sounds like just the ticket.

Let me know.

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….