Margot Robbie burst onto the DC superhero scene as the villainous Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad. Unfortunately, her debut was hampered by a cut of the movie that was more studio-mandated than creator-driven. The theatrical version of Suicide Squad was extremely disliked by critics and audiences, but many fans have hoped that writer/director David Ayer would be able to release his original cut of the movie. And it looks like Harley Quinn herself is on board with this idea.
While speaking to the Happy Sad Confused podcast, Margot Robbie gave her thoughts on the Ayer Cut of Suicide Squad. “I never saw the Ayer Cut.,” said Robbie. “I mean, I know we shot a lot of stuff that didn’t make it into the movie. I would be very curious myself.” It sounds like the Harley Quinn actress is just as interested in seeing how different the Ayer Cut of Suicide Squad as the many DC fans that are calling for its release.
The Ayer Cut might even be more beneficial to Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn. Ayer has said that the theatrical version of Suicide Squad “eviscerated” Harley’s character arc. Would his original version provide a much better take on her story? Regardless, it would give fans an opportunity to see even more of Robbie’s performance as Harley Quinn. Even with all of the negative feelings towards Suicide Squad – we don’t think it’s that bad – audiences agreed that Robbie’s performance was one of the film’s highlights.
With HBO Max planning to debut Zack Snyder’s Justice League next year, the question of whether or not we could see the Ayer Cut continues to pop up. Hearing stars from the film like Margot Robbie speak up about the alternate version is definitely a helpful measure in potentially getting it released. The more it continues to be brought up, the more Warner Bros. will be unable to ignore a significant fan demand for it. That’s certainly what happened with Zack Snyder’s Justice League. Why couldn’t the same happen with Suicide Squad?
And as a pure marketing strategy, releasing the Ayer Cut of Suicide Squad would be a win. Margot Robbie will be reprising the role of Harley Quinn in James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad, and having a new version of the original movie available to consumers would act as connective advertising for the new movie. Dropping the Ayer Cut on HBO Max a month before the release of James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad would recharge casual audiences’ interest in the characters and property.
At this point, there isn’t much to lose from releasing the Ayer Cut of Suicide Squad. Fans will be pleased, it will reignite the brand’s relevancy to mainstream viewers, and it will give the world more of Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn. If that was all we got out of its release, it would be a net positive. Robbie has been excellent as the character in both Suicide Squad and the truly excellent Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn. We could use more of her in any way we can get it.