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David Ayer says WB execs wanted his "Suicide Squad" to emulate "Deadpool"

Writer: Heidi Hsia

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31 Mar - With Zack Snyder finally releasing his version of "Justice League" that fans had wanted since the highly panned 2016 Joss Whedon theatrical release (now dubbed "Josstice League"), another DCEU director David Ayer is hinting that his previous DC movie also deserves a second chance.

Ayer, who helmed the 2018 movie, "Suicide Squad", recently opened up about his experience directing the film, which had since been slammed by DC fans for its uninspiring and choppy presentation.

Admitting that the final product was different from his original vision, the director said that the problem started following the release of Marvel's "Deadpool", which turned out to be a hit prior to his movie's release. Said Ayer, the Ryan Reynolds-starrer's success had caused concern among Warner Bros executives, who then asked for the movie to be modified into something that could compete with the said film.

Among the changes made include Jared Leto's Joker scenes being mostly removed from the final product.


A lot of Joker's scenes were removed from the final product


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"I get it, it's a business. It's frustrating because I made a really heartfelt drama and it got ripped to pieces and they tried to turn it into Deadpool, which it just wasn't supposed to be. And then you take the hit, you're the captain of the ship, my name was on it," said Ayer. "Even though it didn't represent what I actually made, I would take all the bullets and be a good soldier. I made an amazing movie. It's an amazing movie, it just scared the shit out of the executives."

From the said interview, it seemed that Ayer also had a darker tone to his "Suicide Squad" movie, just like Snyder did for "Justice League".


David Ayer says he had a different vision for the 2016 movie before WB decided to change everything about it

It is noted that Ayer had since been removed from continuing to helm the Suicide Squad universe and is replaced by another director, James Gunn, known for Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy".

The upcoming Gunn version of "The Suicide Squad" will be coming to theatres and HBO Max on 6 August.


The new movie is helmed by "Guardians of the Galaxy" director James Gunn


Cinema Online, 31 March 2021

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