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Deadpool’s Success Is What Turned Suicide Squad Into A Comedy

Warner Bros. and DC Films’ first anti-hero-centric film, Suicide Squad, 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.

The director, David Ayer (Fury) 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 comedic alterations made to the movie.

Deadpool is the Reason

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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:

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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.

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