Stars Of The Suicide Squad React To The Call For An "Ayer Cut" Of The Original
Margot Robbie says, "It's complicated," while John Cena says, "Why not?"
After Warner Bros. released the so-called Snyder Cut of Zack Snyder's Justice League, some wondered if the film studio would do the same for David Ayer's Suicide Squad. While it was a box office juggernaut, the film flopped with critics, and Ayer himself has recently said, "the studio cut is not my movie." With The Suicide Squad opening in theaters this Friday, Variety asked members of the cast, and producer Charles Roven, about the possibility of an "Ayer Cut" of Suicide Squad.
Margot Robbie, who played Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad and reprises her role in The Suicide Squad, said it's a "complicated situation." She added, "I would want to see the cut of every movie I've been a part of that I've never seen." Robbie said a lot of actors don't normally get to see the various iterations of the films they appear in until they are released. For Suicide Squad, she remarked, "I didn't see it until it was out in theaters."
Joel Kinnaman, who plays Rick Flag in both movies, said of the Ayer Cut, "Yeah, why not? You always want to see the director's vision." He confirmed that he never saw Ayer's original cut.
Joel Kinnaman, who has starred in both "Suicide Squad" movies, says Warner Bros. should #ReleaseTheAyerCut: "Why not? You always want to see the director's vision." https://t.co/5e63TZotMw pic.twitter.com/Tvn0zYED8L— Variety (@Variety) August 3, 2021
Charles Roven, who produced Suicide Squad and The Suicide Squad, also shared his thoughts. He said, "Listen, I think David Ayer is a really talented guy. I think Warner Bros. was really happy for Zack, that Zack got a chance to do the Snyder Cut. I think it's really just a conversation that David [Ayer] can have or not have with the studio and see if they feel that what he's going to bring to the party is worthy of a different look at it."
John Cena, who joined the DC universe for The Suicide Squad in the role of Peacemaker, said, "I think it's in a company's best interest to listen to their audience. And if it's something that's so in-demand and they got it, why not?"
Does John Cena think Warner Bros. should #ReleaseTheAyerCut? "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?" https://t.co/5e63TZotMw pic.twitter.com/c2oHx3VODz— Variety (@Variety) August 3, 2021
As for David Ayer himself, the director released a statement on July 29 in which he outlined his vision for what he wanted Suicide Squad to be before the studio apparently changed things.
"I put my life into Suicide Squad," he said. "I made something amazing. My cut is an intricate and emotional journey with some 'bad people' who are sh** on and discarded (a theme that resonates in my soul. The studio cut is not my movie. Read that again."
"It has traditional character arcs, amazing performances, a solid third act resolution. A handful of people have seen it. If someone says they have seen it, they haven't."
Ayer said he's never shared his side of the story in terms of what happened because it doesn't feel right to do so. "I keep my convents. I'm old school like that. So I kept my mouth shut and took the tsunami of sometimes shockingly personal criticism," he said.
Finally, Ayer said he's proud of director James Gunn and he supports Warner Bros. and how the studio is pushing the Suicide Squad franchise ahead, even if it's without him.
"Every movie is a miracle. And James' brilliant work will be the miracle of miracles. I appreciate your patience. I will no longer speak publicly on this matter," he said.
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