Is this the end of David Ayer’s Suicide Squad? The director is campaigning for one final “funeral” screening for the Ayer Cut.
David Ayer recently revealed that he’s done campaigning for the Ayer Cut of Suicide Squad to be released, swearing off the DC Universe entirely in a recent rant on social media. However, it seems he wants one final send-off for his film, expressing his wishes to host a funeral screening during a recent interview.
“That’s been the toughest part of my career” Ayer explained to Variety when speaking about his experience working on Suicide Squad. “I made a great movie. I made an amazing film. I’ll go on record. Anyone wants to dispute that: Come look me in the eye. To have something I put so much love and so much heart into get taken away, reengineered… you know that Eric Andre meme where he shoots the guy and says, ‘Why’d you do that?’ That’s been like ‘Suicide Squad.’ ‘Why’d you do that?’ I didn’t.”
“Every time a new movie comes out in that space it starts up again,” he continued. “I get attacked for something that I didn’t do. It’s pretty unjust, and at the end of the day, at this point, I get it, it’s corporate America. It’s corporate IP. You know these are multi-billion dollar companies, but I think ripping the guts out of a filmmaker like that is is pretty unfair.”
“I would love a ‘last rites’ screening. A funeral screening, you know, even just bringing the cast and crew together to show them what they actually made. That that would be fair for everyone.”
If the Ayer Cut is truly never to be released, it’s certainly fair for David Ayer to see his version of Suicide Squad on the big screen one final time. While it’s unclear why James Gunn and Peter Safran seemingly won’t release the project as an Elseworlds for the new DC Universe, here’s to hoping that Ayer gets his wish in viewing one final screening.
The future of the DC Universe
James Gunn and Peter Safran told journalists that their vision for the DC Universe includes locked scripts, wiggle room, and a unified storyline across film, television, animation, and video game projects. The two explained that the DC Universe could bring back elements from previous DC regimes, meaning that their eight-to-year plan is not a full reboot.
Shazam! Fury of the Gods, The Flash, Blue Beetle, and Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom have all been released following the announcement of the new DC Universe, all four projects struggling at the box office. Will the characters from those movies make appearances in the new DCU? Only Gunn and Safran know.
Stay tuned for the latest news regarding the future of the DC Universe after Aquaman and The Lost Kingdom!