Thursday, July 18, 2024

Here We Go Again with a DC Comics Movie: “Suicide Squad” Director Says There’s a Better Director’s Cut of His 2016 Film


Shades of “Justice League” and Zack Snyder. Now 2016 film “Suicide Squad” director David Ayer has taken to Twitter to say there’s better director’s cut of his film.

Ayer is no doubt peeved because James Gunn’s new “Suicide Squad” movie is getting raves from critics. (I’m going to see it today.)

Ayer says: “I put my life into Suicide Squad. I made something amazing. My cut is intricate and emotional journey with some bad people who are shit on and discarded (a theme that resonates in my soul). The studio cut is not my movie. Read that again. And my cut is not the 10 week director’s cut — it’s a fully mature edit by Lee Smith standing on the incredible work by John Gilroy. It’s all Steven Price’s brilliant score, with not a single radio song in the whole thing. It has traditional character arcs, amazing performances, a solid third-act resolution. A handful of people have seen it.”

After Snyder complained similarly, DC fans mounted a campaign to see the director’s cut– and we did, this year. Maybe Ayer will get the same treatment. And in 2035 we’ll get the DC version of “Mank” that will show how the intended versions of these movies were cast aside.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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