Director David Ayer has made it very clear that his original cut from 2016 SUICIDE SQUAD It was not the final product that we ended up obtaining. In fact, he has also stated that his cut was a much better and nuanced film before going through several edits ordered by the studio. While this might be true for David Ayer, a producer on the film has come out and revealed that Ayer’s Cut tasted pretty much the same as the version that was released to the masses.
During a chat with “The Hollywood Reporter“Producer Charles Roven revealed that both versions of the film proved much the same, so the decision was made to combine” the best of both versions. “According to Roven, “They tried the exact same thing … we all sat in a room and tried to find what would be the best of both versions.” You can read Roven’s full statement below:
“We tested both versions. They tested exactly the same. Because they tested exactly the same, David, the studio and us, that is [Richard Suckle] and me and the DC bosses at the time, Jon Berg and Geoff Johns, sat in a room and tried to think of what would be the best of both versions.. Obviously, the movie was a very nice change. Audiences liked it enough that we wanted to do a sequel. But it was definitely not David’s exact vision, and it was definitely not the studio’s exact vision … That testing process, or what we call baking, is not an unusual process. That happens, more than you think. But most of the time, there is a clear winner. And by and large, everyone agrees: “Well, if we’re going to do the baking, we really should go with the clear winner. Let the audience decide. “In this case, there was no clear winner. It literally came to the exact same place. They just liked different parts of the movie. Different audiences commented on different parts of the movie that they liked more or not. That It doesn’t always work to create the best movie, to be honest, it’s an imprecise process. “
It seems that Roven’s statement puts a nail in the coffin of The Ayer Cut being a significantly better movie than The Studio Cut. The test audiences don’t represent everyone who might see the movie, but it’s a decent indicator of what the fanbase and demographic might think of the movie once it’s finally released. I have my doubts that Ayer’s version would have performed much better than the 26% rotten score it has on Rotten Tomatoes given the fact that test screenings indicated that both versions of the film scored practically the same. David Ayer is very close to Suicide squad and it’s only fair that he has certain feelings about the movie he was trying to make. That said, maybe you’re too close to the project and not 100% objective as to your cut being significantly better. This may end up being one of those great mysteries that will never be solved because Warner Bros. does not seem interested in releasing the version of Yesterday and so we only have their word that their vision was much better than the movie we finally screened. He received.
What are YOUR thoughts on both versions of Suicide squad trying the same?