Suicide Squad is a movie mired in controversy for all a lot of reasons. Although the film was a box-office success, it has received a lot of ire from fans and critics because of, well, frankly being a terrible movie. Despite the occasional respites here and there; Suicide Squad remains to this day one of the biggest blockbuster disappointments.
Having the Squad fight a villain without any relevant skillsets was one of the most baffling choices I’ve seen in a superhero film. Not to mention that Ayer was only given six weeks to pen the script. And the director has himself agreed that he made mistakes but wasn’t given the final cut privilege. He’s also added that ideally, Joker should have been the villain.
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Release The Ayer Cut?
Jared Leto’s portrayal of the Clown Prince is widely hated across the spectrum. Unfavourable comparisons to Heath Ledger and Joaquin Phoenix don’t ever seem to stop. But it’s odd how no one mentions that the editing hampered Leto’s performance. The film’s structure and editing are borderline nonsensical, with a lot left on the cutting room floor.
Ayer has hinted at wanting his original cut of the film to be released, especially after Snyder Cut was confirmed to be coming out in 2021. Suicide Squad underwent heavy reshoots and as a result, a significant chunk of the film remains unseen. What’s especially surprising is that, at one point, there were competing cuts of the film. The first cut being handled by Ayer himself with the original sombre tone. The second cut being worked on by the studio that designed the film’s Bohemian Rhapsody trailer.
The director recently revealed a look at Joker from the film in a shot that wasn’t even in the theatrical cut. It’s certainly revealing how much a movie changes before it hits the screen.