David Ayer has blasted the studio cut of Suicide Squad.
The 53-year-old director helmed the 2016 DC Extended Universe (DCEU) film that was met with critical derision but he claims that the final cut that came out in the cinemas is "not my movie".
In a letter posted on Twitter, Ayer explained: "I put my life into Suicide Squad. I made something amazing — My cut is an intricate and emotional journey with some 'bad people' who are s*** on and discarded (a theme that resonates in my soul).
"The studio cut is not my movie. Read that again. And my cut is not the 10-week director's cut — It's a fully mature edit by Lee Smith standing on the incredible work by John Gilroy. It's all Steven Price's brilliant score, with not a single radio song in the whole thing."
The filmmaker adds that only a "handful" of people have seen his version of the blockbuster — which starred Jared Leto and Margot Robbie.
Ayer said: "It has traditional character arcs, amazing performances, a solid third-act resolution. A handful of people have seen it. If someone says they have seen it, they haven't."
Fans have begged Warner Bros. to release an 'Ayer Cut' of the movie — as they did with Zack Snyder's Justice League — but the director is refusing to add to the speculation.
Ayer stated: "I will no longer speak publicly on this matter."
James Gunn has helmed a sequel/reboot, The Suicide Squad, which was highly praised by Ayer.
He said: "I'm so proud of James and excited for the success that's coming. I support WB and am thrilled the franchise is getting the legs it needs. I'm rooting for everyone, the cast, the crew. Every movie is a miracle. And James' brilliant work will be the miracle of miracles."
James Gunn's The Suicide Squad (M18( opens in cinemas on Aug 5. Check out Ayer's Twitter post here:
— BANG SHOWBIZ
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