Suicide Squad director David Ayer reveals Fox/Marvel’s Deadpool’s success derailed his original plans for the 2016 film, making it into a comedy.

David Ayer says Deadpool‘s success changed his original version of Suicide Squad into a comedy. Warner Bros. and DC Films’ first anti-hero-centric film hit theaters in 2016, the same year the Ryan Reynolds-led Fox/Marvel movie did – only several months earlier. Due to the overwhelmingly positive reception that the latter got, Ayer was forced to make some changes to his Suicide Squad in order to make it more humorous.

Over the last couple of weeks, talk about Ayer’s original version of the film has been dominating online discussion. This comes on the heels of Zack Snyder’s Justice League finally releasing through HBO Max. While Ayer remained the director of Suicide Squad, it’s no secret that there were some major last-minute changes done to the movie, as evidenced by its reshoots that reportedly cost $22 million – significantly larger funding compared to the typical $6-10 million budget allocated for additional filming. The director, for his part, has been forthcoming when asked about details of his cut, and his latest reveal sheds a light on what actually caused the alterations made to the movie. Continue Scrolling To Keep ReadingClick the button below to start this article in a quick view. START NOW

Taking to his official Twitter account, Ayer shared why he was forced to make some changes to his original plan for Suicide Squad. Apparently, it’s a combination of a couple of things such as the divisive reception to Snyder’s Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and the success of Deadpool – both films releasing in the first quarter of 2016. The director then finished it off by saying that these caused his “soulful drama” to be transformed into a “comedy.” Check out his full tweet below:

David Ayer@DavidAyerMovies

This trailer nailed the tone and intention of the film I made. Methodical. Layered. Complex, beautiful and sad. After the BVS reviews shell shocked the leadership at the time, and the success of Deadpool – My soulful drama was beaten into a “comedy” https://twitter.com/teufelshuffle/status/1266735367866155009 …

Fans were aware that the response to Batman V Superman had a ripple effect throughout succeeding DCEU films. It’s the reason why Snyder had to rewrite his original script for Justice League which was a lot darker and why Ayer had to do some final reshoots for Suicide Squad that drastically changed its story. Ayer has shared more information about his cut of the movie over the years, but recently he’s been doing so more actively as he hopes Warner Bros. will extend the same courtesy they gave Snyder to him by rolling out his original version of Suicide Squad on HBO Max. Whether or not this comes to fruition remains to be seen at this point, but between the blessing from James Gunn, who’s directing the sequel/soft reboot The Suicide Squad and the fan clamor, there’s little reason why the studio should be against the idea.

Warner Bros.’ decision to go for a more lighthearted approach on Suicide Squad after the success of Deadpool somehow makes sense as both films focused on anti-heroes. Considering how profitable Deadpool was – earning a whopping $782 million against a $58 million budget – Warner Bros. thought that they could follow its format for guaranteed profit. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case and Ayer’s plan for a much darker Suicide Squad was compromised. For what it’s worth, there’s no assurance that whatever is in the director’s cut will be better than its theatrical counterpart, but unless it’s released, the public will never know.