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A lot of hubbub has been given to reports regarding multiple cuts of Suicide Squad. Rumors of studio interference claim multiple cuts of the movie exist. David Ayer has stood by the final product, stating the film currently playing in theaters is indeed his cut. He went as far as to say only ten minutes were left on the cutting room floor. However, Jared Leto has continued to speak out on what was excised of his Joker performance. Leto’s statements, claiming there was enough material for a Joker movie, were followed by an alleged list of all scenes cut from the film.
Now it seems Warner Bros. is pulling a bit of an Xbox 180, backtracking to control the message. Ayer has divulged there are multiple versions, and now producers are opening up about it. Remember Microsoft saying backwards compatibility was impossible, then announcing the feature a year later? Perhaps we’ll get that Suicide Squad extended cut after all…
Talking to the Wall Street Journal (via CBN), producer Charles Roven defended the film’s multiple versions.
“Yes, there were a couple of different cuts of the movie, but they all really had to do with finding the final shape of the movie,” Roven admitted. “I’ve been doing this for a long time, and that’s not the first time something like this has happened, and it won’t be the last. And so sometimes in order to get the work done, you really just have to bring on more people and spend really long days and nights getting work done to get it ready.”
He then addressed the Joker scenes that were cut, which have spawned fan backlash rivaling that of Batman v Superman’s.
“David Ayer shoots a tremendous amount of footage, and when it comes to things having to do with the Joker, Jared does many takes and all the takes are very, very different, and sometimes the scenes can go on for a very long time, and sometimes the scenes can be, when you’re more on page, tighter, etc.” Roven explained. “Sometimes those impromptu scenes are fantastic, sometimes they’re not. That’s all part of the process. What you don’t want to do is you don’t want to limit the process.”
Roven, also a Justice League producer, went on to laud Zack Snyder, stating that while the criticism is being taken to heart, it’s important to keep their vision intact.
“I’m just saying you need to pay attention [to criticism], but you also need to stay true to your vision. Zack Snyder is a great director.”
At the end of the day, we all want the DCEU to find its footing. Fingers are crossed the wait for it to do so won’t be a long one.
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