SUICIDE SQUAD Director David Ayer Believes He Was Being Eyed To Take Over DC Before The Movie Bombed

SUICIDE SQUAD Director David Ayer Believes He Was Being Eyed To Take Over DC Before The Movie Bombed

Suicide Squad director David Ayer has talked more about making the 2016 movie, claiming he was potentially being eyed to take charge of the DC Universe before "Game of Thrones" politics got in the way.

By JoshWilding - Aug 29, 2023 08:08 AM EST
Filed Under: Suicide Squad
Source: Real Ones

We're sure David Ayer vowed in 2021 to stop talking about Suicide Squad, but the filmmaker isn't letting go of his 2016 DCEU movie. It's understandable in a lot of ways as Warner Bros. took his dark and gritty vision for Task Force X and twisted it into the neon-soaked, pop song-filled mess that earned 26% on Rotten Tomatoes. 

Of course, even in the midst of negative reviews, it still earned $727 million worldwide!

More comments from the filmmaker from his Real Ones interview (via IndieWire) have now surfaced, and it sounds like Ayer once believed there was a chance he could spearhead the entire DC Universe. 

"During a time, during 'Suicide Squad,' when the dailies were coming in, people were like 'Oh shit, maybe Ayer’s going to take over DC,'" the filmmaker recalls. "It’s 'Game of Thrones' in there. The palace politics were insane."

Ironically, another director who worked on this franchise, The Suicide Squad's James Gunn, is calling the shots at DC Studios these days and Ayer remains convinced his cut of Suicide Squad will be released...one day.

"It’s like Schrödinger’s Cut now. Is it more legendary to see it or more legendary to not see it? I talked to James Gunn, and look...he’s trying to figure that whole mess out. They wanna get some scores on the board first, you know? I have, I show people, but it’s tough because I wanna [frick]ing move on from it, I wanna heal from it."

It would be very strange for DC Studios to randomly drop the "Ayer Cut" of Suicide Squad into theaters - or even Max - in the midst of a new slate of DCU projects so we'd probably advise Ayer not to get his hopes up. 

Justice League helmer Zack Snyder was largely in charge of the DCEU during its early days and Ayer actually alienated many fans when he took to the stage at the Suicide Squad world premiere and confidently declared, "F*** Marvel!" (despite clearly not thinking this version of the movie was any good).

Would you watch the Suicide Squad "Ayer Cut" if it ever saw the light of day?

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Forthas
Forthas - 8/29/2023, 8:08 AM
This is a sad reminder of how directionless that studio was back then....and here we are.
FireandBlood
FireandBlood - 8/29/2023, 8:09 AM
Everybody’s had Gunn’s job at some point during the last 10 years, and we’ve seen them come and go.
DrReedRichards
DrReedRichards - 8/29/2023, 8:12 AM
The1st
The1st - 8/29/2023, 10:50 AM
@DrReedRichards - Ayer at this point...

DrReedRichards
DrReedRichards - 8/29/2023, 10:55 AM
@The1st -

We live in a day and age where the quote "I think therefore I am" has been turned into "I extist therefore I warrant praise and affirmation".

Voltaire is rolling in his grave...
WhatIfRickJames
WhatIfRickJames - 8/29/2023, 8:17 AM
Mr Ayer has quite a high opinion of himself. Talented guy... heck, I couldn't do what he does but reading this reminds me of a girl I saw once on American Idol who was so overconfident that she was the next AI in the tryouts that she was absolutely gutted when the judges told her she had a shitty singing voice.
DeadClunge
DeadClunge - 8/29/2023, 8:36 AM
@WhatIfRickJames - considering Todd Phillips was approached after 1 hit movie with wb I wouldn't be surprised if it were true 😭😅
WhatIfRickJames
WhatIfRickJames - 8/29/2023, 9:37 AM
@TheClunges - that's true.

RedFury
RedFury - 8/29/2023, 6:22 PM
@WhatIfRickJames - I can't help but feel it's the Hollywood syndrome where you've got so many "yes men" around you that you start to lose sight of regular reality. I can only imagine the amount of people that are fluffing up directors, and actors day in and day out. It's bound to get to their head whether they mean for it to or not.

But I do feel for him as an artist because I'd be pretty gutted if i was in his positio and what people are seeing isn't what I intended for them to see.
WhatIfRickJames
WhatIfRickJames - 8/29/2023, 6:47 PM
@RedFury - that was part of my original point on the American Idol girl that I didn’t explain fully, her parents were so coddling and positive, which wasn’t necessarily bad, but it gave their daughter a warped sense of reality because all she heard was that she was the greatest thing ever
RedFury
RedFury - 8/29/2023, 10:44 PM
@WhatIfRickJames - yeah exactly. There's a fine line between encouraging and over inflating. Sometimes it goes too far and gives someone a false sense of reality.

I grew up in the time of "you can do anything you put your mind to!" Which as nice as it sounds, isn't very true. People need to also be realistic with their abilities, and things they can actually achieve. Shoot for the skies, but be realistic about where you're going to land.
JstaKIDfrmBKLYN
JstaKIDfrmBKLYN - 8/29/2023, 8:19 AM
Please just go away.
Thing94
Thing94 - 8/29/2023, 8:52 AM
@JstaKIDfrmBKLYN - Yes! Hahaha!
Shivermetimbers
Shivermetimbers - 8/29/2023, 9:28 AM
@JstaKIDfrmBKLYN - Right? Will this dude ever stop talking about what could have been, or almost was? He's like the uncle Rico of film making. "I could have won state if coach would have put me in" type of crap gets posted about Ayers what seems like every week.
CorndogBurglar
CorndogBurglar - 8/29/2023, 9:44 AM
@Shivermetimbers - Uncle Rico clearly didn't play ball in the same state as Polk High. They had AL Bundy on their team. He scored 4 touchdowns in one game.
MaxPaint
MaxPaint - 8/29/2023, 8:20 AM
Wilding must be confusing which Suicide Squad movie actually bombed.
Orangeblack
Orangeblack - 8/29/2023, 8:22 AM
Long time visitors of the site but just now made an account for this. Can we please stop posting about [frick]ing David Ayer? It's obnoxious hearing about this man's midlife crisis on a daily basis. Genuinely, does anyone on this earth care about this man's movie?
WhatIfRickJames
WhatIfRickJames - 8/29/2023, 8:30 AM
@Orangeblack - David Ayer does.
DeadClunge
DeadClunge - 8/29/2023, 8:37 AM
@Orangeblack - no.....now log out😌
Orangeblack
Orangeblack - 8/29/2023, 8:39 AM
@WhatIfRickJames - great, let him rant on Twitter but why make an article about every delusion of grandure?
Shivermetimbers
Shivermetimbers - 8/29/2023, 9:30 AM
@Orangeblack - I couldn't agree more. I haven't clicked on any of them previously, but finally clicked on this one to say, "NO ONE CARES ABOUT DAVID AYERS OR HIS SUICIDE SQUAD MOVIE" Its so beyond irrelevant at this point that is it embarrassing for him to still be talking about it and for this site to still be making articles about it.
Forthas
Forthas - 8/29/2023, 8:26 AM
I think the real story here is...

" I talked to James Gunn, and look...he’s trying to figure that whole mess out. They wanna get some scores on the board first"

Given what we have seen recently with all the people who "talked" to James Gunn...there is no way this is happening.
TheHumanSpider2
TheHumanSpider2 - 8/29/2023, 8:27 AM
"bombed"? it made over $750M at the BO, and won a freaking Academy Award...

Every single word coming from this clown's mouth is a lie, incredible.
Blergh
Blergh - 8/29/2023, 10:23 AM
@TheHumanSpider2 - and I totally get why the movie made that cash. The marketing was spot on and the brand would have been super valuable if the movie had been good
TheHumanSpider2
TheHumanSpider2 - 8/29/2023, 10:51 AM
@Blergh - Yup, the reasons he complains so much about, were the reasons why it made so much money.
I will never understand that Oscar, though.
massdeath
massdeath - 8/29/2023, 8:31 AM
Okay. I’ve officially changed my mind: Release the Ayer Cut!!!

Because I think it’s artistically merited? No.
Because I think it will be a far superior film? No.
Because I want the Snyderverse more fleshed out? No.
Because I want to revisit a 7 year old film? No.

Because if it’s finally released maybe, just maybe, this guy will stfu about it!!!!
99OPTIMISTPRIME
99OPTIMISTPRIME - 8/29/2023, 8:38 AM
I follow Ayer on Twitter. He's definitely not trying to move on anytime soon.🤣 I just think that first Suicide Squad movie had a weak villain, and it really hampered the plot. It could've probably used some better fight scenes too. But a DC movie making over 700 million world-wide? WB would take that all day. Even with a 0% Rotten Tomatoes score.🤣
Blergh
Blergh - 8/29/2023, 8:41 AM
@Ayer: or maybe they were playing you like a chess piece by making you think you could be taking over the ship so you deliver your best work/become more of a yes-man?

A carrot being dangled over your head so to speak
TheOtherOn
TheOtherOn - 8/29/2023, 8:42 AM
A Random "expert" online....



Josh...

JoshWilding
JoshWilding - 8/29/2023, 8:49 AM
@TheOtherOn - I'd love to know what relevance that has in an article that only has quotes directly from David Ayer himself. Pick your battles better, bud.
TheOtherOn
TheOtherOn - 8/29/2023, 9:48 AM
@JoshWilding -



Now, where's that delete button... 🤐
The1st
The1st - 8/29/2023, 2:04 PM
@TheOtherOn -

Thanks for that
Reeds2Much
Reeds2Much - 8/29/2023, 8:44 AM
"During a time, during 'Suicide Squad,' when the dailies were coming in, people were like 'Oh shit, maybe Ayer’s going to take over DC,'" the filmmaker recalls. "It’s 'Game of Thrones' in there. The palace politics were insane."
DrReedRichards
DrReedRichards - 8/29/2023, 8:49 AM
@Reeds2Much -

Did you see the Sanji/Zeff clip?
Reeds2Much
Reeds2Much - 8/29/2023, 9:14 AM
@DrReedRichards - Yis.
DrReedRichards
DrReedRichards - 8/29/2023, 9:23 AM
@Reeds2Much -

The fact that they managed to implement "little eggplant" and an actual "oi, oi, oi" without feeling forced an unnatural is a miracle on its own!

philinterrupted
philinterrupted - 8/29/2023, 8:51 AM
Thing94
Thing94 - 8/29/2023, 8:55 AM
Movie didn't bomb. Can Josh get fired off this site? Lol
GhostDog
GhostDog - 8/29/2023, 9:13 AM
OT

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