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Director David Ayer Trashes ‘Suicide Squad,’ Blames Warner Bros.

Suicide Squad Director Slams Warner Bros.
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David Ayer has clearly had some gripes with the way the post-production process went on his 2016 film “Suicide Squad.” However, he’s never been quite so scathing as his latest post to twitter.

With all the buzz around James Gunn’s do-over film, Ayer has been catching some heat. The positive early reactions to this year’s “The Suicide Squad” has caused Ayer to catch some potentially undeserved heat. People largely blame him for the failure of his 2016 film, but he claims that is far from the truth.

The tweet simply states “My turn …” This is then followed by a photo of a lengthy open letter to the internet about the drama behind the scenes. It starts, however, with some personal details about the many hardships Ayer overcame in his upbringing.

He then dives into the disaster that it seems “Suicide Squad” became in the editing room. Where the studio made several cuts with completely different editors. Ayer says, “I put my life into Suicide Squad. I made something amazing…The studio cut is not my movie.”

He elaborates, “my cut is not the 10 week director’s cut – it’s a fully mature edit by Lee Smith standing on the incredible work by John Gilroy. It’s all Steven Price’s brilliant score, with not a single radio song in the whole thing.”

He then clarifies that almost no one has seen the film, and that no one ever really will. It concludes with Ayer clarifying that he has nothing but goodwill towards the cast and crew of “The Suicide Squad.” He said, “James’ brilliant work will be the miracles of miracles.” Despite the typos, the sentiment remains quite mature from a director who seems to have been wronged. You can read the whole letter below.

After two highly successful outings with “End of Watch” and “Fury” in 2012 and 2014, respectively, Ayer has had a string of critical and box-office failures since “Suicide Squad.” His latest flop was “The Tax Collector.” Hopefully his best is still ahead of him.

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