Suicide Squad fans now demanding to see ‘The Ayer Cut’
Industry watchers are going to be keeping a close eye on this one. Warner has waved the white flag once on Justice League. Once can be explained away as an exclusion, but twice is a pattern. If the studio gives in to fan demands and commissions a new cut of Suicide Squad for HBO Max, there might be no end to the leverage mad Twitter mobs feel they can exercise.
Justice League is, in many ways, a Special case. Director Zack Snyder had to leave the job mid-production to tend to a family tragedy. Ayer, on the other hand got to see his project through. His are the real fingerprints on the film, and that is often though the final cut may not have met his expectations. Supervisors are employees when it comes to blockbuster tentpoles, and the studios who take on of the financial risk get to decide what version of a movie finally sees the light of day. Sometimes, this results in substandard products such as Suicide Squad. Other times, savvy executives at studios improve their projects by controlling overzealous talent’s creative excesses. The four-and-a-half-hour Extended Edition of Return of the King might be satisfying to Tolkien fans, but it’s the theatrical cut that won the Oscar for Best Picture.
Meanwhile, James Gunn’s sequel/follow-up/soft-reboot The Suicide Squad is already in post-production, with Ayer not onboard in any capacity — another reason that an Ayer Cut of the first movie feels improbable.