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Suicide Squad Drama: Two Cuts One Film

While die-hard DC fans battle critics (and Rotten Tomatoes) over their opinions on David Ayer's Suicide Squad, a new report has emerged that could help explained why for many the villain-centric film feels tonally disjointed with poor character development and a faceless villain.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Suicide Squad director David Ayer was under a considerable pressure from Warner Bros. to meet the film's release date, leaving the writer/director a measly six weeks to pen the script before production started.

But that's not all. According to the same news outlet, Warner Bros.' gamble on Ayer, who had never directed a project of this magnitude, seemed to backfire slightly with the studio working on a different cut of the same movie. Apparently, WB brought in Trailer Park (the company behind SS's teaser trailer) to cut a different, more funnier version of the film.

"[Chairman and CEO Kevin Tsujihara] was really pissed about damage to the brand," says one executive close to the studio on the hands-one approach, which some claim is due to BvS poor reviews and unexpected (as in poor) box office gross. "A key concern for Warner executives was that Suicide Squad didn’t deliver on the fun, edgy tone promised in the strong teaser trailer for the film."

So the studio intervened…

"In May, Ayer’s more somber version and a lighter, studio-favored version were tested with audiences in Northern California."If there are multiple opinions that aren’t in sync, you go down multiple tracks — two tracks at least," says an insider. "That was the case here for a period of time, always trying to get to a place where you have consensus." Those associated with the film insist Ayer agreed to and participated in the process. Once feedback on the two versions was analyzed, it became clear it was possible to get to "a very common-ground place." (The studio-favored version with more characters introduced early in the film and jazzed-up graphics won.) Getting to that place of consensus, however, required millions of dollars worth of additional photography."

So it seems that Warner took a cue from 20th Century Fox and its outstanding reboot of the Fantastic Four, and meddled on Ayer's singular vision for Suicide Squad.

As a cherry on top of this not so delicious cake, THR adds that the price tag for Ayer's Suicide Squad was at the very least $175 million, and that with added costs such as marketing, the film will have to gross upwards of $750M to break even, and more to be considered a success in the eyes of the studio.

What do you think? Did studio interference cause Suicide Squad to flatline with critics? Are critics just too in love with Marvel that they cannot seem to look beyond their offerings? Or is WB/DC just sailing without a plan?

Source - THR
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