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Should DC release the 'Ayer cut' of 'Suicide Squad'?

DC's "Suicide Squad" was supposed to be an epic tale of the anti-hero. For the first time on the big screen, "villains" were the center of the story, rather than the antagonists. The original trailer for the movie heightened expectations; the film seemed tonally more similar to "The Dark Knight" than to the comic relief characteristics of Marvel's "Avengers" franchise. Nevertheless, when "Suicide Squad" was released in 2016, fans were disappointed. What they saw in the theater was a pale attempt at comedy, a missed opportunity for character development and a cliched plot at best. The movie's director David Ayer says the film he made was "forced" to become a comedy by higher-ups, and that the true drama of "Suicide Squad" has never been released. Should DC release the Ayer cut?

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For a quick refresher, check out the original trailer for "Suicide Squad," as released at ComicCon in 2015. 

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According to Ayer, this trailer perfectly captures the tone of the film he set out to make. Ayer says leadership turned what was supposed to be a "methodical," "layered" and "complex" film into a comedy. Even the musical backdrop for the trailer versus the film demonstrates this contrast. In the trailer, viewers receive brief, haunting introductions to characters like Harley Quinn, Deadshot and more. But once they sat down in theaters, fans were confronted with rainbow colors and a soundtrack filled with recognizable hits like Eminem's "Without Me" and Panic! At the Disco's rendition of "Bohemian Rhapsody." The film was trying quite hard to become something everyone would enjoy.

The New York Times' A.O. Scott's 2016 review of the film sums up feelings about it at the time: 

Written and directed by David Ayer (“Fury,” “End of Watch”), "Suicide Squad" is a so-so, off-peak superhero movie. It chases after the nihilistic swagger of "Deadpool" and the anarchic whimsy of "Guardians of the Galaxy" but trips over its own feet. 

Ayer's claim that DC leadership was spooked into making its next big release a comedy after positive reviews for the comedic "Deadpool" and poor ones for the dramatic "Batman v Superman," makes absolute sense. The film was forced to fit into a certain box and suffered as a result. Fans, rightfully, want to see the movie in its original form. 

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Although it's possible that Ayer's cut of the movie is tonally different from the theatrical release, some are hesitant to believe the movie would improve. "Suicide Squad" received a 27 percent score from critics on Rotten Tomatoes and a 59 percent audience score (at the time of publication). That's a lot of ground to make up no matter how you look at it. Some fans are writing off "Suicide Squad" as a loss and looking forward to better DC movies in the future. 

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