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Last week, during the premiere of The Suicide Squad, reporters asked the stars of the film about the #ReleaseTheAyerCut movement as they walked the red carpet.
John Cena was fully supportive of the movement. He said, “It’s in a company’s best interest to listen to their audience. If it’s in demand and they’ve got it, why not?”
Meanwhile, Joel Kinnaman, who actually appeared in the 2016 film, said, “Why not? You always want to see the director’s vision.”
The #ReleaseTheAyerCut movement is a response to how Warner Bros. reportedly butchered 2016’s Suicide Squad by taking over the final cut of the film from its director David Ayer. Ayer has gone on record multiple times saying that his version of the film has a different beginning and ending, way less pop songs, and an increased Joker presence throughout the film.
Furthermore, in a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, producer Charles Roven revealed that test audiences saw both an Ayer-preferred version and a studio-preferred cut. What’s interesting to note is that “in an extremely rare situation, both cuts tested the same, so both the studio and the Squad creatives attempted to meld the best of both into a theatrical cut.”
If the #ReleaseTheSnyderCut movement has taught us anything, it is to never give up (even when you should). So the question I ask today is: should Warner Bros. #ReleaseTheAyerCut?
I say yes. I’d watch it. I’m pretty sure Zack Snyder’s Justice League was a huge success even if Warner Bros. won’t admit it. If anything, fans seem to agree it is better than the 2017 theatrical version of Justice League.
Now I’ve watched Suicide Squad and I can almost guarantee you that David Ayer’s Suicide Squad would also be a much better film. Would it still be terrible? Oh, probably, but I’m someone who also wants to see more of Jared Leto’s Joker. I want to know why he has that “Damaged” tattoo!
So what about you, folks? Would you watch The Ayer Cut of Suicide Squad if Warner Bros. released it?
I’ll see you in the trenches.