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Suicide Squad: Why Releasing the Ayer Cut is a Bad Idea

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It seems that the controversy behind David Ayer’s cut of the Suicide Squad movie is resurfacing again. The director is quite expressive about his dismay with the 2016 Suicide Squad film. He was only given exactly six weeks to brainstorm and write the script, only to revise and reshoot after Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice was criticized for being too dark.

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David Ayer, director of Suicide Squad (2016)

Warner Bros. decided to change the tone of Ayer’s version and turn it into a lighthearted one, which cost the company $22 million for reshoots. In the end, the movie did not obviously appear as what Ayer had visualized.

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The Debate On Releasing David Ayer’s Cut Of 2016 Suicide Squad

Despite the criticisms and controversy, Suicide Squad earned $747 million globally and even took home an Academy Award for the make-up effects. However, fans of Ayer and the director himself pushed for the release of the original version after the news following the Snyder Cut broke out. It was the original version of Zack Snyder’s Justice League before he left the production after the passing of his daughter. Joss Whedon took the wheel from there, and the end product was far from Snyder’s version.

Ayer initially defended the released film and told Collider, “This cut of the movie is my cut, there’s no sort of parallel universe version of the movie, the released movie is my cut.” But, after the release of James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad, Ayer posted an essay on his Twitter account and said, “The studio cut is not my movie.”

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Suicide Squad (2016)

WarnerMedia Studios has already announced that while the cut exists, there won’t be any release happening soon, making Ayer’s campaign seem useless. The simple reason for this is that there has been a sequel to it, James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad, and the story has already progressed. There is no point in going back. It will not benefit the studio either; releasing the director’s cut is only a way to earn more money if the movie did not perform well. Besides, there is no guarantee that people will go to theaters and watch the new cut of a story they have seen ages ago.

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Why It’s Time To Let Go And Move On

It is a bitter pill to swallow for fans of the franchise to know that being a die-hard supporter does not give them the qualification to dictate the creative decision. We are aware of how toxic fans can be, and this is a similar case with Snyder’s Cut. No one deserves to be threatened or harassed just because a studio won’t give in to someone’s plea.

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Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad (2016)

Besides, James Gunn being the new CEO of DC Studios means he has a lot of things on his plate. His response to the release of Ayer Cut only opens a possibility. There are many new DC projects slated for the next two years and going back to a story that has already closed its chapters will only delay the progress of the current ones.

Years have passed, and it is time to move on. We do not always get what we want, and as fans, it is our moral obligation to respect the studio’s decision. Filmmaking is a collaborative effort between the creator and the consumer.

Source: SlashFilm

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Written by Ariane Cruz

Content writer at FandomWire.