Earlier this week, a new report surfaced that claimed Warner Bros.' Suicide Squad had suffered from massive studio interference, with sources revealing that there were actually multiple cuts of the movie in existence. Director David Ayer and Warner Bros. production president Greg Silverman released a joint statement, claiming that this is still the director's movie and his intended vision is in tact. Today we have even more details via a new interview from the filmmaker, who insists that the version fans will see in theaters this weekend is his 'dirctor's cut'.
The joint statement revealed that the movie implemented a lot of "experimentation and collaboration" and that both the director and the executive stand behind the movie. While many box office prognosticators believe that the movie could earn more than $140 million this weekend, the critical drubbing (29% on Rotten Tomatoes) the movie is getting could adversely affect its box office performance. Regardless, David Ayer revealed in an interview with Collider that there definitely will be deleted scenes on the Blu-ray, but the movie hitting theaters this weekend is his own.
"We have a chunk, there's definitely over 10 minutes of material on there. But this cut of the movie is my cut, there's no sort of parallel universe version of the movie, the released movie is my cut. And that's one of the toughest things about writing, shooting, and directing a film, is you end up with these orphans and you fucking love them and you think they'd be amazing scenes and do these amazing things but the film is a dictatorship (laughs), not a democracy, and just because something's cool and charismatic doesn't mean it gets to survive in the final cut. The flow of the movie is the highest master."
Even before this report from earlier this week, there were rumors that extensive reshoots took place this spring to help match the film's tone to what fans saw in the well-received trailers. This week's report essentially confirmed the previous rumor, but David Ayer teased that there seems be a big misunderstanding about the filmmaking and editing process. Here's what he had to say below.
"I think there's a misunderstanding about filmmaking where you can somehow have this crystal ball and understand exactly how everything is going to work together and assemble together. Because remember scripts type word on a page, a black and white page, and when you're on set you're dealing with shots and you're dealing with dailies, and so you have this 7-minute shot and maybe only 10 seconds of that shot is gonna end up in the movie. There's infinite combinations, infinite knock-on effects, and it's this strange alchemy that happens and things that you thought during the writing phase breaking your back trying to explain and needs three pages to explain it, you realize it works with just a look on camera in the assembly. So it's always a moving target as you try and distill and condense down to the best movie. And this thing was a beast, we had over a million and a half feet of footage, with an ensemble movie, 7 plus major characters that we have to introduce, a very complex story that is not your normal linear story and you're introducing the audience to a whole new world, plus it just has my sort of sickness as a filmmaker in it, my vibe and attitude. So it just took a lot of work to find the movie, the movie was always there and even in the early cuts we knew we had something, we knew it was going to work, but to get it there...wow."
When Midway City is threatened by a powerful mystical enemy, Waller's plan gets the go-ahead. She cuts deals with the whole squad of prisoners: Deadshot (Will Smith) gets his Second Amendment rights reinstated, Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) is set free from her cage, Diablo (Jay Hernandez) steps out of his fireproof prison, Boomerang (Jai Courtney) and Slipknot (Adam Beach) each get to wield their signature weapons once more, and Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje) emerges from the swamp. The only condition is this: Obey orders or die. This is strictly enforced by squad leader Rick Flag (Joel Kinnaman), the samurai Katana (Karen Fukuhara), and of course the explosive devices - developed by Wayne Enterprises - inserted into their necks. However, the arrival of the tatted-up Gotham City mega-criminal, The Joker (Jared Leto), might doom the mission thanks to his plan to reunite with his true love, Harley. Stay tuned for more on Suicide Squad throughout the weekend as the box office numbers start rolling in.