In a recent post, Suicide Squad director David Ayer stated the theatrical version of the film was very different from what he had originally intended.
The statement came from Ayer’s official Twitter account where he discussed the film with fans. In it, he revealed that the intended arc for the characters was vastly different and the final version that ended up on screen was far different from what he intended. During the discussion, a fan was confused by what David Ayer was saying and how that version of Harley Quinn differed from the version that ended up on screen:
“So….it’s impossible for Harley to have the Squad be her friends but it’s possible for Diablo to call them his “family”? Which is it. Do they hate each other or love each other.”
David Ayer then responded by telling him that his version of Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad was completely different from what went on screen, calling it “simplified”:
“Two different characters. Harley’s arc was vastly simplified. It’s fun to play “gotcha” but remember released film was very different from original assembly.”
You can see the full exchange below:
Two different characters. Harley’s arc was vastly simplified. It’s fun to play “gotcha” but remember released film was very different from original assembly.
— David Ayer (@DavidAyerMovies) September 22, 2018
From the look of things, David Ayer had a completely different idea for how Suicide Squad should have gone. Critics seemed to agree with him as the film only achieved a 28% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The film, however, was a massive box office success, earning well over $700M worldwide on a $175M budget.. Because of this, a sequel is now currently in the works and is set to be directed Gavin O’Connor.
What do you all make of David Ayer’s Tweets? Did you like the theatrical version of Suicide Squad or should the director have been given more of an opportunity to tell the story he wanted to tell? Let us know what you think in the comments below!
Directed by David Ayer, Suicide Squad was released in 2016 and starred Cara Delevingne, Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman, Viola Davis, Jai Courtney, Jay Hernandez, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Ike Barinholtz, and Scott Eastwood. The film is available now on Digital HD, 4K, Blu-Ray, and DVD.