Further details about the tone of director David Ayer's original cut of Suicide Squad have emerged.
"I would like to see David's final version of the film," Kevin Hickman, one of the editors of Suicide Squad, said to CinemaBlend. "I saw what David was trying to do with the film and I thought it was a pretty bold film. It was less comedy. It was a much darker film. It was almost like a Black Hawk Down type thing. It was just very militarized, very serious. I mean, of course, there were supposed to be comedic moments with Will Smith, but it was a darker film."
"I like where David was going with it and it would be really nice to see him be able to finish what he started," Hickman continued. "I don't know if that will happen now because of James Gunn’s reboot which I haven't seen yet, but from the trailer it looks like a lot of fun. It definitely feels like a different vibe than what David Ayer would have made, but I am really looking forward to seeing what James Gunn did because I'm a big fan of his work."
In the wake of a successful fan campaign urging the public release of Zack Snyder's version of Justice League, a similar movement has sprung up calling for David Ayer's cut of Suicide Squad to also get released. Ayer has repeatedly endorsed this movement and has even revealed key differences between the two versions of Suicide Squad, such as how the character El Diablo survived in his cut.
However, Ayer has also remarked that now is not the opportune time to release this version of Suicide Squad given that it would conflict with the impending release of James Gunn's The Suicide Squad. "That would be horrific brand management. No one has suggested that. Let James crush it," Ayer said earlier this year.