From Inverse.com The “Ayer Cut,” as it’s slowly becoming known, is the director’s cut of Suicide Squad, the 2016 DC villain ensemble that debuted Margot Robbie’s breakout version of Harley Quinn. Based on the DC Comics series, the film involves supervillains under custody who are recruited for a very dangerous mission. Upon completion, they’ll be rewarded with reduced sentences.
The film also starred Will Smith, Jared Leto, Viola Davis, Cara Delevigne, Joel Kinnaman, Jai Courtney, and more. David Harbour (Stranger Things) had a small role and Ben Affleck appeared in a surprise cameo.
Unlike Justice League, which saw a change in directors and a significant change in story and tone along with it, Suicide Squad is a little more straightforward. The movie was still directed by David Ayer all the way through, and the movie credits him as such. But in the editing room, the movie underwent a significant change in tone that Ayer was reportedly forced to adhere to.
Here’s the general timeline: At San Diego Comic-Con in 2015, Warner Bros. premiered the trailer for Suicide Squad. The trailer wowed Hall H with an arresting, dark tone and an unusual approach to superhero movies that felt different even at that moment in time. “Promising as hell” is how Inverse described it when it premiered.