Harley Quinn and Deadshot were to have a romance in David Ayer’s Suicide Squad, but the scenes were cut from the final script.
Suicide Squad arrived in theaters with many differences from the 2016 film, one of them being the more positive reception from audiences and expert critics. With this, the old movie, directed by David Ayer, has been talked about again.
It was even won the campaign #ReleaseTheAyerCut from fans, calling for a director’s cut release. While this is pending, a new image has revealed one of the many script scenes cut from the theater’s final version.
— ReleaseTheAyerCut (@RTAyerCutSS) August 13, 2021
In the image, we see Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) and Deadshot (Will Smith) kissing in a scene that did not air, although the love triangle formed between them and The Joker (Jared Leto) was raised before the film’s release.
Via Twitter, director David Ayer confirmed that the romance between Robbie and Will Smith’s characters, which did not return for the new film, was indeed in the original plans. And despite the kiss being cut, some parts that survived the cuts were also part of that romantic plot.
One of such moments rolls around when Harley asks the Deadshot if he has ever been in love in his life, and he answers no, staring at her.
In another scene, we see the Suicide Squad leader staring at Harley, to which she replies, “do I have a hickey or something?” Also, via Twitter, Ayer revealed that this scene initially indicated that the two had an involvement.
Will David Ayer’Cut be Released in the Theatres?
Recently, David Ayer made a statement about the film he directed in 2016, stating that the final version we saw on screen was not what he really wanted.
“I put my life into Suicide Squad,” he wrote in the post. “I made something amazing. My cut is [an] intricate and emotional journey with some “bad people” who are shit on and discarded (a theme that resonates in my soul). The studio cut is not my movie. Read that again.”
— David Ayer (@DavidAyerMovies) July 29, 2021
While attending the red carpet for James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad, Margot Robbie touched on the subject again and defended the release of the Ayer Cut.
Joel Kinnaman, who has starred in both “Suicide Squad” movies, also said Warner Bros. should #ReleaseTheAyerCut: “Why not? You always want to see the director’s vision.”
John Cena, the Peacemaker of the new team movie, has also shown interest in the Ayer Cut. “It’s in a company’s best interest to listen to their audience. If it’s in demand and they’ve got it, why not?”
The star also targeted Warner Bros. by suggesting that Ayer has come under pressure by claiming that director James Gunn has had more creative freedom at the helm of this new Task Force X adventure.
While fans are campaigning for a new version of the film, the studio’s most recent position is that this “project will not get off the ground“ – WarnerMedia Studios CEO Ann Sarnoff told Variety magazine in March of this year.
So it remains to be seen if fan pressure can change this story, as we have seen happen before.