‘Suicide Squad’ David Ayer cut: Director denies special HBO Max release

Suicide Squad

Suicide Squad director David Ayer debunked the report that a special cut of his anti-hero movie will soon see the light of day on HBO Max.

Ayer confirmed in an interview in May that Warner Bros apparently cut around 40 minutes of Suicide Squad, which hit theaters in 2016. The director revealed that the end result changed the tone of the movie and became different from his intentions.

Following his declaration, Small Screen UK reported that HBO Max will release the original Ayer cut by the end of 2021 or early 2022. Multiple sources with ties to the streaming platform informed the news outlet that this version apparently has more of Jared Leto’s Joker and Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn.

But shortly after the report came out, Ayer took to Twitter to shut down the story. He said that there’s no truth to the report that HBO Max will release the unedited cut of his movie.

Not the same as Justice League Snyder Cut

The Suicide Squad Ayer cut rumor comes as HBO Max is actually working on re-releasing a version of Zack Snyder’sJustice League, which came out in 2017. Snyder was unable to continue working on the superhero blockbuster because he quit the project midway due to a devastating family loss.

Warner Bros gave Snyder the chance to re-edit his movie, as well as do some reshoots, before its scheduled mid-2021 unveiling on the streaming platform. Justice League: The Snyder Cut will be a four-part miniseries, and each episode is supposed to have a full-hour running time.

Fans have been clamoring for the Snyder Cut after a disappointing storyline and re-direction from Joss Whedon. Suicide Squad won’t get this same treatment since Ayer completed the movie as planned.

Sequel details and latest news

Meanwhile, Suicide Squad 2 is gearing up for its theatrical release in the summer of 2021. Ayer won’t be back as director. Instead, James Gunn took over this movie, and it will not be a direct sequel of the first film.

Gunn’s version will also star Robbie as Harley Quinn, but this second movie will have many new characters. John Cena, Pete Davidson, Joel Kinnaman, and Idris Elba are also in the cast.


The director hinted in an interview with Empire that this new film will be more chaotic than the first. The supervillains might even end up going after each other after finishing off their enemies.

Suicide Squad 2 finished filming in February and did not experience a production setback due to COVID-19.


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