A week on from its release, Empire has published a lengthy and revealing new interview with “Suicide Squad” director David Ayer in which he discussed several new details about the movie. Naturally, there’s SPOILERS AHEAD for the film which Ayer calls a “anarchic punk rock art movie”.
Ayer says there is no R-rated cut of the film saying: “it was always meant to be a PG-13. It’s a decision you make before you turn the cameras on.” He does add: “there may be six or seven different versions of the film,” with the ‘linear version’ opening up with June in the cave before “telling the story in sequence with the arrests and Batman, and then we go to Belle Reve.”
The problem? It confused audiences: “In that version, [test] audiences were left with a lot of questions and a little disoriented as to who to watch and why. So we came up with what we call the ‘dossier’ version which has Amanda presenting the backstories and origins of the various members.”
He also revealed that The Joker owes both his teeth grill and ‘damaged’ tattoo to Batman – retribution exacted by the Caped Crusader for the death of Robin: “This is sort of my personal thing and maybe less about a larger connection. But Joker killed Robin and Batman basically smashes his teeth out and locks him up in Arkham Asylum. It’s in the asylum where Joker would have done the ‘damaged’ tattoo as a message to Batman saying, ‘You’ve damaged me. I was so beautiful before and now you’ve destroyed my face.’ That’s where the grill comes from.”
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