Following a lengthy campaign by fans, Zack Snyder will soon be bringing us his vision of Justice League, but that film isn’t the only one that DC fans have wanted to see the director’s cut of. David Ayer’s SUICIDE SQUAD left plenty of footage on the cutting room floor, and unlike the Snyder Cut, Ayer had previously said that his version of the film “would be easy to complete,” and would also be “incredibly cathartic for me. It’s exhausting getting your ass kicked for a film that got the Edward Scissorhands treatment. The film I made has never been seen.“
In addition to David Ayer, several members of the Suicide Squad themselves have chimed in with their desire to see the director’s cut of the film as well, the latest of whom is Joel Kinnaman. The actor played Rick Flagg in the film, a role which he reprised for James Gunn’s upcoming The Suicide Squad, and recently spoke with The Playlist where he was asked about the Ayer cut of Suicide Squad.
You always wanna see the filmmaker’s cut, you know? It’s always a shame when the filmmaker’s vision doesn’t make it to the cinema. Of course, there’s always going to be compromise. I find it’s the bigger the budget, the bigger the compromise. Usually that’s the case. I’m sure [Ayer’s cut] would be much more interesting. David’s take on the Joker was really interesting and that didn’t really come out in the movie that we saw.
While it remains to be seen if the Ayer cut of Suicide Squad will see the light of day, many members of the team have returned for the upcoming sequel, and thankfully, it doesn’t seem as though the James Gunn film will have to make any compromises on its way to the big-screen. “I don’t think [Gunn] had to compromise one iota of his vision,” Kinnaman said. “He really got to do exactly what he wanted. And it’s definitely going to be the biggest budget R-rated movie that’s ever been made. And it’s heavily R-rated and super silly. It’s really like childish, childish humor and it also finds these profound moments where you get really emotionally moved. And then it’s super violent and then it’s really silly again…Every character is just so ridiculous.” The Suicide Squad will hit theaters and stream on HBO Max on August 6, 2021.