David Ayer Quashes ‘Suicide Squad’ Director’s Cut Hope As He’s “Done With DC”

David Ayer, director of the 2016 film Suicide Squad, has officially ceased his efforts to release a director’s cut, often referred to by fans as the Ayer Cut. In a series of statements on X/Twitter, Ayer declared he is “done with DC” and will no longer push for his version of the film.

The release of the extended Snyder Cut of Justice League in 2021 renewed interest in his own director’s cut. Despite previous teases about releasing an expanded version of Suicide Squad, Ayer has now firmly closed that chapter.

In response to fans’ inquiries about the possibility of releasing his alternate cut, Ayer firmly stated, “Nope. Done and done. Very sad. You’ll be fine after a good cry. I feel healthier. It’s a wound that needs to heal.” As reported by Comic Book, he further emphasised that the studio has no interest in releasing the Ayer Cut, indicating it’s time to move on from the matter.

Ayer had envisioned a different Suicide Squad, with more focus on Jared Leto’s Joker, a romance subplot, expanded character backgrounds, and other key details. Despite his positive outlook on the potential release of his version, especially with the recent shift in DC Studios’ leadership to James Gunn and Peter Safran, Ayer has now let go of this hope.

His decision comes amidst a transformation in DC’s approach, moving towards a new cinematic universe, the DCU, starting with the Creature Commandos TV show in 2024 and the Superman: Legacy film in 2025.

Acknowledging this shift, Ayer expressed his resignation, saying, “Nothing about the situation feels good,” and reaffirmed his intention to protect his heart and look forward.

Ayer’s departure follows a period of declining fan interest, underwhelming box office performance, and mixed critical reception in the DCEU, now poised for a reboot under Gunn and Safran’s guidance.