In a post-Snyder Cut world, movies being 'fixed' after the fact is no longer the taboo it was once thought to be. Unfortunately, this opportunity is not being awarded to all films, and DC is clear that no 'Ayer Cut' of 2016's Suicide Squad will ever be made. The director and one of the stars recently spoke out on the matter.
Suicide Squad has been catapulted back into the discourse due to the sort-of-reboot, sort-of-reimagining The Suicide Squad, James Gunn's take on the team of anti-heroes from the DC universe. The new film has been getting rave reviews, and even has some of the same actors reprise their roles. It is clear that the studio awarded Gunn many creative liberties denied to Ayer.
As calls for releasing the Ayer Cut became louder and louder on social media despite official statements making it clear that no such release will be made, Ayer released a letter to the fans on Twitter about the entire situation. The heartfelt post described how he put his entire life into the project, and that what the studio ended up releasing is "not his movie".
— David Ayer (@DavidAyerMovies) July 29, 2021
Ayer also revealed that while his cut exists as a radio song-free, properly edited and not overlong version with a proper story structure, it won't ever see the light of day. In a spectacularly wholesome move, Ayer also expresses nothing but support and admiration for Gunn and his movie.
It has traditional character arcs, amazing performances, a solid 3rd Act resolution. A handful of people have seen it. If someone says they have seen it, they haven’t.
Actor Jay Hernandez, who played El Diablo in Suicide Squad echoes Ayer's statements and expressed support for the director. His message was underpinned by a dig at Warner Bros for their edit of the movie featuring El Diablo sacrificing himself by sarcastically stating "Yeah, I get it. There's obviously way too many Latino superheroes in these tent pole movies". It's worth noting that El Diablo survives in Ayer's version.
When art & commerce marry the relationship can be tumultuous. Knowing much of this mans struggles & how much he truly cares about the art of filmmaking it's been tough watching this saga play out. Always love & support for my man @DavidAyerMovies https://t.co/qnd08dmpO5
— Jay Hernandez (@jay_hernandez) July 29, 2021
It seems as though the Ayer Cut really won't ever be released, possibly in no small part due to the release of The Suicide Squad, with WB not wanting to have two similar movies competing, or confusing viewers about the timeline of the DCEU canon.