Warner Bros. opened the Pandora’s Box when they greenlit Zack Snyder’s Justice League for HBO Max, and ever since fans have been begging for more. Next film they’ve targeted is David Ayer’s original cut of Suicide Squad, which was heavily edited in post-production to create something unrecognizable by the director. Ayer has been pretty vocal about wanting to see his vision of the film finally revealed, and has been responding to fans’ calls for its release.
In one such exchange, Ayer referred to the Comic-Con trailer released way back in 2015. A fan told him that was the movie’s “greatest isolated piece” of promo material (I concur, by the way), and Ayer was quick to jump in and talk about how the movie was taken out of his hands and pounded into something other than what he intended..
This trailer nailed the tone and intention of the film I made. Methodical. Layered. Complex, beautiful and sad. After the BVS reviews shell shocked the leadership at the time, and the success of Deadpool – My soulful drama was beaten into a “comedy” https://t.co/vrMw8QE2iZ
— David Ayer (@DavidAyerMovies) May 30, 2020
Here is that Comic-Con trailer, just to refresh your memory because it has been a while…
Now look, I don’t know how much of a “soulful” film Suicide Squad was ever going to be, but the tone of this trailer suggests it very well could’ve been. Instead, what we got was something that desperately wanted to be Deadpool meets Guardians of the Galaxy. I think it’s still mostly successful as an edgy R-rated comedy, and it went on to be a box office hit (and Oscar winner), but if Ayer’s version fixes problems with the final act then it needs to be seen.