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Suicide Squad Director Admits Studio Tried to Turn His Film Into Deadpool

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After the release of Zack Snyder’s critically-acclaimed version of Justice League, DC fans are hoping another DCEU film will be served justice: Suicide Squad.

Fans of the comics are calling for Warner Bros. to #ReleaseTheAyerCut of Suicide Squad, which was crucified by critics despite being one of the most awaited films of 2016. One particularly harsh review in the New Yorker reads: “To say that the movie loses the plot would not be strictly accurate, for that would imply that there was a plot to lose.”

Ouch.

Another pointed out the studios missed out on a great opportunity, which is certainly on point. Suicide Squad is one of the best teams in the DC Comics, but leave it to Hollywood to butcher what could have been a great film.

Directed by renowned crime filmmaker David Ayer, Suicide Squad followed the dark themes that Snyder laid out for the DCEU, but after negative reviews of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Warner Bros. panicked and did to Suicide Squad the same thing they did to Justice Leaguethey meddled.

The product? Another hackjob film with little direction and curated for box office tickets instead of loyalty to the DC comic universe. Ayer told Entertainment Weekly that while he understands why the bigwig studio execs did what they did (“I get it, it’s a business"), it still didn’t stop him from feeling, well, annoyed.

Here’s what he had to say about it:

"It's frustrating because I made a really heartfelt drama and it got ripped to pieces and they tried to turn it into Deadpool, which it just wasn't supposed to be. And then you take the hit, you're the captain of the ship, my name was on it. Even though it didn't represent what I actually made, I would take all the bullets and be a good soldier. I made an amazing movie. It's an amazing movie, it just scared the shit out of the executives."

But then the Snyder Cut happened. Thanks to its release, HBO Max downloads increased by 64 percent, no doubt bringing big bucks into the pockets of Warner Bros. One would think that it’s phenomenal success would lead to a Justice League sequel and, dare we hope, the Ayer Cut. But it looks like that won’t be happening. For whatever reason, WarnerMedia Studios CEO Ann Sarnoff was firm:

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"We won’t be developing David Ayer’s Cut.”

Ayer’s response pretty much summarized ours:

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