For as much chatter that has flooded the internet concerning the upcoming release for the Snyder Cut of Justice League, 2016’s Suicide Squad has also had its fair share of discussion surrounding a potential director’s cut of of its own in the future. With a number of plot issues and stories from behind the scenes, the massive villain team-up movie ended up arriving on a sour note in theaters for both critics and DC fans alike.
After the Snyder Cut was confirmed for release, and even more so after Jared Leto’s Joker was confirmed to return in that project, news reports have pondered the potential of David Ayer getting the opportunity to share his true vision of Suicide Squad with the world. Other important names from the movie have publicly been open to this new cut becoming a reality, including one of the DCEU's biggest female stars...
On an episode of the Happy Sad Confused Podcast with Josh Horowitz, via Megaphone, Suicide Squad star Margot Robbie took a moment to indulge the existence of David Ayer's director's cut of Suicide Squad. Robbie gave these quotes when discussing how much material they had shot for the 2016 film, as well as her interest in seeing Ayer's true vision:
I never saw the Ayer Cut. I I know we shot a lot of stuff that didn't make it into the movie. I would be very curious myself.
WHAT THIS MEANS
David Ayer's cut of Suicide Squad has been a major talking point among the DC Extended Universe fan base throughout the summer of 2020, and almost nobody has been more vocal campaigning for its release than Ayer himself. The film's director has released more than a handful of quotes expressing his disappointment with Warner Bros. and the lukewarm reception from fans, including claiming that the Joker was completely ripped out of the story and how former DC Entertainment CCO Geoff Johns broke the movie's timeline.
Robbie's interest in the Ayer Cut is especially telling considering she was not only one of the focal characters of Suicide Squad, but also will be continuing on as Harley Quinn in James Gunn's sequel/reboot The Suicide Squad coming next year. Gunn has even praised Robbie as one of the best actors he has ever worked with, which is quite the compliment, so fans will have to wait to see if her quotes on the Ayer Cut move the needle at all for its potential release.
There are currently no concrete plans or discussions for a release of David Ayer's director's cut of Suicide Squad, and James Gunn's The Suicide Squad is preparing for theatrical release on August 6, 2021.