2016's Suicide Squad has been a major topic among DC fans in the previous months, especially after the imminent arrival of Zack Snyder's Justice League next year. At the time of its release, the DCEU blockbuster earned mixed reception from critics, despite great anticipation from many fans.
The complaints were centered around the narrative and handling of some characters from the film. However, it was previously revealed by Suicide Squad director David Ayer that the theatrical version of the film was a product of studio-meddling on Warner Bros. part.
This development has led to some fans doing their own grassroots campaigns to release the "Ayer Cut" of the film. Ayer has been vocal about his own version of Suicide Squad lately, providing interesting tidbits about the film such as Joker's role and alternate opening and finale scenes.
And now, new evidence suggests that the Ayer Cut could soon see the light of day.
Reddit user DJ31259 unearthed evidence about David Ayer's cut of 2016's Suicide Squad, pointing out that the director claimed back in 2018 that he had no access to his cut.
However, a previous tweet from Ayer might suggest that he saw his cut recently, potentially hinting that the director is currently working on his cut.
I took the hits like a good soldier when the studio cut hit the streets. It’s who I am. I watched my cut for the first time since it was abandoned. It is f*cking amazing. On God. I felt guilty for years like I f*cked. Nope. It’s fire. It’s the tone of the Comicon trailer 100% https://t.co/sFlFiGW5yN
WHAT THIS MEANS
It remains to be seen if David Ayer's version of Suicide Squad will experience the same treatment with the Snyder Cut, but this new evidence clearly provides hope for longtime fans of the film. Additionally, Ayer's reference to Suicide Squad's Comic-Con trailer is an interesting bit, since the footage and tone presented in that teaser were the main selling point that got fans hooked.
Whether or not the Ayer Cut will be released down the line is still up in the air, but it's nice to hear Ayer's recent remark about his version, adding more fuel to fans' excitement.
Interestingly, the DCEU is now moving on to their own multiverse approach, and releasing the Ayer Cut shouldn't pose a problem in terms of continuity. Previously, Captain Boomerang actor Jai Courtney admitted that 2021's The Suicide Squad is not a "strict sequel" to the 2016 film, and this should pave the way for the Ayer Cut to be its own thing.
No doubt, the 2016 blockbuster still has a dedicated fan base willing to go all-out in terms of supporting the Ayer Cut, and signs point to a positive reception once it will be released down the line.