Suicide Squad: Harley Quinn & Deadshot's Romance Clarified By Director

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Deadshot and Harley Quinn in 2016's Suicide Squad

Fans have been strongly supportive of the release of the so-called "Ayer Cut" of 2016's Suicide Squad, given that the theatrical version of the film has been notorious for its shift in tone compared to David Ayer's original vision. The director himself has been just as vocal in supporting the release of his final cut and laying explicit reasons for doing so .

One of the key selling points for fans awaiting its release is the belief that the relationships between the characters are more in alignment with the comic backstory in Ayer's original vision. The same goes for Deadshot and Harley Quinn, and the director recently clarified the belief in his latest tweet.


After previously confirming both Deadshot and Harley Quinn got together in his original script, David Ayer revealed the latest information regarding exactly when the two hooked up in his original version of Suicide Squad:

Ayer also confirmed that the "hickey" dialouge was in reference to this scene:


Fans will remember that the "stairs" scene being mentioned was when Harley Quinn pulled her gun on Deadshot, throwing the question "You ever been in love?" to which he responds "Nah. Never." It's one of the notable moments with the two alone together and of their relationship in the film. Now, according to Ayer's clarification, it was meant to serve as the scene when the two got together romantically.

Clearly Ayer's original version had the two's backstory in mind, as Harley Quinn and Deadshot have been romantically involved in their history in the comics. Additionally, one could argue that the scene would have been another example of Harley's evolution as a character away from the Joker, given the two historically have had a controversial relationship with each other ( another aspect that was noticeably changed in the theatrical version ).

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