While Suicide Squad tries to mitigate its critical drubbing with hopeful box office projections, it seems that its woes may be the product of behind-the-scenes interference from Warner Bros., according to a report from The Hollywood Reporter.
According to THR's report, Warner Bros. was so satisfied with the reception of Suicide Squad's first full-length trailer that they hired Trailer Park, the team that cut the preview together, to do a full cut of the film itself. Per THR's sources, the reshoots - said by many to be "adding comedy" to the film - were actually used to create scenes that tied the Trailer Park edit together.
This cut reportedly put the film at odds with director David Ayer's original vision, though sources insist Ayer was a part of the process of bringing the final film together.
"If there are multiple opinions that aren't in sync, you go down multiple tracks — two tracks at least," an anonymous source told THR. "That was the case here for a period of time, always trying to get to a place where you have consensus."
The supposed controversy is reminiscent of the strained relationship between 20th Century Fox and director Josh Trank over Trank's failed Fantastic Four reboot, which also reportedly fell under the bootheel of studio interference that lead to a somewhat dry, incomprehensible final cut.
Fans will be able to judge for themselves whether Suicide Squad works when it is officially released in theaters August 5.