Could the ‘Justice League’ Snyder Cut Lead to This DC Movie Getting a Director’s Cut Next?
For years, it felt like a myth or legend of some kind. Then suddenly, director Zack Snyder announced the project fans had been waiting for. The Justice League Snyder cut is coming to HBO Max in 2021. And the internet is still reeling with the implications this could have on other franchises.
In recent years, movies like Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters have divided their respective fan bases. Some fans might see the Justice League Snyder cut as encouragement these other films could also be redeemed. But others aren’t even straying that far.
After all, the DC Extended Universe has another movie that seemingly got caught up in behind-the-scenes drama: Suicide Squad.
Like ‘Justice League,’ ‘Suicide Squad’ faced production issues
Often, Suicide Squad is lumped in with Snyder’s own Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Those movies hit theaters back to back and faced harsh critical receptions. But Suicide Squad actually has more in common with Justice League.
In both cases, the director was unable to execute his vision through to completion. Snyder reportedly walked away from Justice League following a family tragedy. And Warner Bros. meddled with director David Ayer’s Suicide Squad during reshoots and the final edit.
For instance, Ayer intended for the movie — which introduces Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn — to connect directly to Snyder’s Justice League. But the final edit repackages the story to stand alone. It’s clear from the final theatrical cut Warner Bros. was aping Guardians of the Galaxy’s success.
Director David Ayer has confirmed the theatrical cut wasn’t his version
Following the release of Suicide Squad, fans had no clue just how much the final product diverged from Ayer’s intention. But over the years, the director has teased what his original version of the movie would have been. And one of the most notable differences is a vastly reduced role for Jared Leto’s Joker.
This version of Joker was by no means widely beloved. But his disconnectedness from the main action is one of Suicide Squad’s biggest structural problems. In fact, the more time that goes by, the more fans realize just how much the movie changed. In fact, Ayer recently revealed the entire third act of the movie was different.
Characters who die in the theatrical version lived, alliances were formed, and romances even began. Yet, none of that made it into movie theaters back in 2016. But fans hoping to see Ayer’s vision have good reason to feel emboldened by the Justice League Snyder cut.
After the ‘Justice League’ Snyder cut, #ReleaseTheAyerCut exploded
Following a fan tweet imploring Warner Bros. to make a director’s cut of Suicide Squad, AT&T — which owns Warner Bros. — offered a playful response. “One thing at a time,” the official AT&T account tweeted out, alongside a laughing emoji and a GIF of Lynda Carter’s Wonder Woman.
Perhaps the social media person over at AT&T is just toying with fans. But following the Justice League Snyder cut announcement, #ReleaseTheAyerCut became a popular rallying cry. After all, #ReleaseTheSnyderCut ultimately turned the tide. So perhaps Suicide Squad could too benefit from some such grassroots support.
In fact, a Suicide Squad Ayer cut is even more likely than most fans realize. The director recently confirmed on Twitter that his edit exists and only needs a bit of visual effects work. That doesn’t sound as extensive as the reported $20 million to $30 million Warner Bros. is investing in Justice League.
If fans continue to support the Ayer cut, there’s little reason it can’t happen.