What happens when a dog finally catches a car? We’re set to find out next year, when HBO Max finally debuts Zack Snyder’s Justice League as it was originally meant to be seen. Reports indicate that this version of the project, which attempted to bring DC superheroes Wonder Woman, Batman, The Flash, Aquaman and Cyborg together for a big screen live-action adventure back in 2017, will either manifest as a four-hour film, or as a six-part series on the streaming service.
“It will be an entirely new thing, and, especially talking to those who have seen the released movie, a new experience apart from that movie,” Snyder has promised. “You probably saw one-fourth of what I did.”
Naturally, now that a Snyder Cut of Justice League is finally coming to fruition, fan attention is turning to David Ayer’s DCEU team-up effort Suicide Squad, which staggered onto screens in 2016 after a mixed buffet of studio interference from Warner Bros. A renewed sense of purpose gripped fans of the ‘Squad this week, and Ayer, who has long hoped for some vindication in the matter, climbed aboard.
Indeed, the #ReleaseTheAyerCut hashtag hasn’t been pounded this hard since [insert problematic joke here] which led to Warner Bros. owners AT&T wading into the online discourse, replying to tweets pleading for Ayer’s authentic Suicide Squad effort to see the light of day.
“One thing at a time,” posted the AT&T social account, followed by “Anything is possible. All it takes is a little magic.”
Ayer has been chatting about his version of the film regularly since its release, recently revealing details of Suicide Squad‘s original ending. “Diablo survived originally, Harley and Deadshot hooked up as a couple,” he confirmed. “This was changed during reshoots.”
The film has turned out to be a bit of an odd beast. Though it was mauled by critics and audiences alike, it made almost three-quarters of a billion dollars at the global box office, and has opened the door for two further movies, including Harley Quinn spin-off Birds of Prey, and James Gunn’s forthcoming reboot, The Suicide Squad. Would Ayer’s Suicide Squad have turned out a lot better if Warner Bros. hadn’t panicked and ordered a staggering $22 million worth of reportedly inadvisable reshoots? Would it have improved the final product if the film hadn’t been edited into oblivion? If so much of Jared Leto’s performance as the Joker hadn’t hit the cutting room floor, would it have been the kind of movie fans hoped for? Maybe, sure.
Even if we often keep our tongues firmly in our cheeks about the prospect – the horrors of the world tend to keep these things in perspective – it’s pretty easy to accept that there is absolutely an audience for Ayer’s cut of Suicide Squad, and in such an uncertain time for the industry, when making new content is currently extremely difficult, dropping a chunk of cash to release a revamped version of the film for intrigued fans makes much more sense than it would have even five months ago.