“I don’t know what it’s like to quit. I’m not who you think I am, ”Ayer said in the letter. The director describes his difficult upbringing and youth before joining the Navy and doing odd jobs before becoming a screenwriter.
“I put my life in Suicide Squad,” Ayer wrote of the 2016 film. “I did something amazing – my cut is [an] complex and emotional journey with “bad people” who are fucked up and rejected (a theme that resonates in my soul). The studio cut is not my movie. Read that again. “
Ayer’s Suicide Squad was notoriously tinkered with by Warner Bros. tweet last year, the director attributed the meddling to executives shocked by the negative reviews of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and the success of Deadpool, and said in another that “it’s exhausting to get your ass kicked for a movie who received the Edward Treatment at Silver Hands ”. Along with Zack Snyder’s Justice League release earlier this year, fan interest in Ayers’ original cut from the film has grown, and Ayer said this spring that he still wanted his cut to see the day, but Warner Bros. Brass says it doesn’t happen.
“And my cut is not the 10 week director’s cut,” Ayer continued. “It’s a fully grown montage of Lee Smith standing on the unbelievably [sic] work by John Gilroy. That’s all the brilliant Steven Price score, without a single radio song altogether. It has traditional character arcs, amazing performances, solid 3rd act resolution. A handful of people saw it. If someone says they saw it, they haven’t. “
Ayer is not speaking directly to Warner Bros. regarding the Suicide Squad movie he directed, however, stating that “I never told my side of the story and I never will. Why? For the same reason, no one will know what happened on my sub, I keep my pacts [sic]. I’m old school like that. So I kept my mouth shut and took on the tsunami of sometimes shocking personal criticism. Why? This is what I have been doing all my life. Real speeches that I prefer to get shot at. “
Ayer is more optimistic about James Gunn’s next sequel, which is due out next week.
“I am so proud of James and excited for the success to come,” Ayer wrote. “I support WB and am delighted that the franchise has the legs it needs. I support everyone, the actors, the team. Every movie is a miracle. And Jame’s [sic] brilliant work will be miracles of miracles. I appreciate your patience. “
“I will not be speaking publicly about this matter anymore,” Ayer said, apparently in an effort to continue discussions about an “Ayer cut” from Suicide Squad.
The Suicide Squad, directed by James Gunn, will be released on Friday August 6 in both theaters and HBO Max. Ahead of release, you can check out our review and see what other reviews are saying, and learn why The Suicide Squad isn’t the movie you might think, straight from James Gunn himself.