The Only Battle Suicide Squad’s Director Says He Won With Warner Bros.
Suicide Squad director David Ayer says the only battle he won against Warner Bros. pertained to Diablo's (Jay Hernandez) backstory. Expectations were high for the DC film when it was released in 2016, but it didn't take long for Suicide Squad to get hit with poor reviews from fans and critics alike. Many noted the film's muddled tone was likely a result of studio influence, as Warner Bros. sought to please test audiences with a lighter tone found in other superhero movies at the time. In the years since, Ayer has spoken about how much Warner Bros. changed from his original plan in reshoots.
Ayer's reveals seem to have increased in frequency lately, possibly because of the release of the Snyder Cut of Justice League. For example, Ayer revealed just last week that there was supposed to be a romance between Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) and Deadshot (Will Smith), but it was taken out during reshoots. Additionally, Diablo was supposed to live; in Suicide Squad, he sacrifices himself at the end to save the rest of the team. Diablo was one of the characters fans enjoyed, partially because of his tragic, compelling backstory. The film revealed Diablo killed his entire family with his fire powers during a moment of intense anger, making him a very complicated character.
According to Ayer, keeping Diablo's violent backstory was the one fight he managed to win against Warner Bros. After a fan expressed their surprise that the backstory was kept in the film, Ayer responded with, "It was the only battle I won. Decision makers were allergic to Diablo killing his family." He then went on to say that Diablo's past actions represent themes he likes to explore in his films: "death, guilt, redemption and emancipation from toxic relationships..." You can see his full message in the space below.
This certainly feels like the first instance where Ayer described something in Suicide Squad that turned out how he wanted it to. Last week's Snyder Cut announcement has led to some calling for the release of Ayer's original Suicide Squad cut. While Ayer initially downplayed the calls by saying his cut may "always be just a rumor," he later confirmed its existence and even revealed it's almost complete. Undoubtedly, this will encourage those fans who actually wish to see it, though it's important to remember Warner Bros. hasn't indicated they have any interest in it.
It's hard to deny that Ayer's original intentions for Suicide Squad were essentially shredded to bits by studio-enforced reshoots, and on some level, it would be interesting to see his version of the film. Considering how many people appreciated Diablo's backstory (now known as the one thing Ayer managed to keep intact despite Warner Bros.' best efforts), there might be even more now who want to see the Ayer Cut released. For now, it remains a dream, though hopefully Ayer will continue to share more about what his original ideas were.
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