David Ayer Reveals ‘Suicide Squad’: The 2016 film “Suicide Squad,” directed by David Ayer, “broke” him, saying, “That handed me my ass.” Ayer also highlighted the studio’s choice to change the movie’s tone to comedy following “Deadpool,” despite his initial idea of a “dark, soulful” story. The director has also pushed for the release of his original cut, which includes unpublished moments with Jared Leto’s Joker and score recordings. Ayer said director James Gunn had promised to release this version, but Gunn has not confirmed a timetable.
Coming off of the success of “Fury,” Ayer felt he had the freedom to create something authentic and meaningful with “Suicide Squad.” Ayer described Hollywood as “like watching someone you love get f*cked by someone you hate,” emphasizing that his biggest heartbreak was indeed “Suicide Squad.” The director explained, “And the same thing — authentic, truthful, let’s do all the rehearsal, let’s really get in each other’s souls. Let’s create this amazing, collaborative thing.”
The film’s direction took a sharp turn after the success of the comedy-laced “Deadpool” and the critical failure of “Batman v Superman.” Ayer said, “Then Deadpool opened, right? And they never tested Batman vs. Superman, so they were expecting a different result, and then they got hammered by all the critics. Then it’s like, ‘Okay, we’re going to turn David Ayer’s dark, soulful movie into a f*cking comedy now.'”
Ayer wants to release his own version of the picture, alleging that the opening 40 minutes were “ripped to pieces” and would feature more sequences with Jared Leto’s Joker and exclusive music tracks. Fans anticipate the original edit will be released after Ayer tweeted that James Gunn indicated its release. However, no official confirmation has been made.
The first “Suicide Squad” trailer released at Comic-Con was well-received. The trailer’s harsh tone delighted fans. A second trailer set to Queen’s ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’ signaled a tone change, raising concerns. The final picture was criticized for its dissonant blend of somber themes and light-hearted humor, prompting many to concur with Ayer that it “broke” him despite an over $750 million gross. Ayer’s cinematic problems have hurt his career. Once a rising star with creative freedom, Ayer is now more cautious but hopes his “Suicide Squad” approach will be recognized.