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The DC Extended Universe recently expanded thanks to James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad, but that wasn’t the first time that Task Force X made its way onto the big screen. David Ayer’s 2017 Suicide Squad had that honor, starring Margot Robbie and Will Smith as Harley Quinn and Deadshot respectively. And an Ayer Cut image just revealed those characters’ scrapped kiss.
In the years since Suicide Squad hit theaters, David Ayer has been open about how much his vision for the project was altered by the studio. So following the Snyder Cut, some fans have been hoping that Ayer might also get to reveal his original take on Suicide Squad. Those calls might get a bit louder now, thanks to a kiss shot of Harley and Deadshot seen below.
Well, my mind is blown. A number of concepts ended up on the cutting room floor of David Ayer’s Suicide Squad, including this romantic plot line for Margot Robbie and Will Smith’s characters. But actually seeing Harley and Deadshot kiss is another experience entirely.
The above image comes to us from Twitter, and is accompanied by a short but clear caption: #ReleaseTheAyerCut. Conversation around the original vision for Suicide Squad has been swirling since before Zack Snyder’s Justice League hit HBO Max. But they’ve gotten a bit louder since Task Force X returned to theaters with James Gunn’s R-rated The Suicide Squad.
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While they didn’t kiss in the theatrical cut, Harley Quinn and Deadshot were certainly the leading characters of Suicide Squad. They had some chemistry for sure, but it’s clear that we’re missing a ton of extra content from this dynamic duo. And that’s not the only thing missing from David Ayer’s original plans for the movie.
David Ayer has been open about how the studio pushed for Suicide Squad to be more akin to comedy-driven projects like Deadpool. Much of Jared Leto’s Joker scenes ended up on the cutting room floor, while Ayer has gone so far to call Harley’s story “eviscerated.” The new image above certainly seems to hint at such, and certainly comic book fans are going to want to see more.
Unfortunately, there’s currently no indication that Warner Bros. is planning on giving David Ayer’s Suicide Squad the same treatment as Justice League. Ayer himself has maintained it would be easy to assemble, and has encouraged fans to make their voices known if they want to see the Ayer Cut. We’ll just have to wait and see if Warner Bros. actually moves forward with this concept.
The Suicide Squad is in theaters now. Be sure to check out the 2021 movie release dates to plan your next movie experience.
Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his famous actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.
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