Warner Bros Directors Are Speaking Out About Their Films Being Ruined By Warner Bros
What the hell is going on at Warner Bros? First, there was the 'Extended Cut' of Batman V Superman that became necessary for release after Warner Bros chopped up Zack Snyder's original version. We ofcourse know the story of the #ReleaseTheSnyderCut movement that was finally successful after more than two years and probably only because HBO Max needed a bump. There's been multiple issues trying to sustain a director for The Flash solo film that has been in development now since before Michael Keaton was playing Batman. Now, both David Ayer (Suicide Squad) and Cathy Yan (Birds of Prey) are speaking out about the editorial issues they had with their respective films.
Once Zack Snyder's Justice League was set to take place on HBO Max, Ayer began his campaign to have his originally intended cut of Suicide Squad released. Through multiple tweets over the past few weeks, he's acknowledged just how easy it would be for his film to get a release as well as how hard it was to take the brunt for bad studio decisions:
First off, he's got a point. Rumors that WB is going to be spending over $20-$30 million to complete the Snyder cut lend you to wonder why they don't also release Ayer's originally intended vision of Suicide Squad on the cheap.
It doesn't stop here. Ayer (amongst many other tweets) shed light on exactly what Warner Bros were looking for when they cut his film to shreds, hoping for a "lighter" (translation: Marvel-ish) approach.
It's like Warner Bros completely forgot how successful and groundbreaking they were with Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy and immediately wanted to taste Marvel's cake instead. That sounded weird.
But wait, there's more! In a surprising development today, Cathy Yan (Birds of Prey) jumped into the fray and admitted the same thing had happened to her at Warner Bros. Presumably, at least with her production of Birds of Prey:
Yikes. Awkward. Fascinating. Provocative. Sexual. Er, wait. Not that last one. I was thinking of something else. Seriously though, Warner Bros. You need to change the way you're doing things. I get that sometimes the studio has to step in and sometimes they should. But clearly Warner Bros has some issues deciding when. We're now on our fourth huge studio tentpole film that we're discussing alternate/extended/explanatory cuts for. You guys have issues.
The decision making at Warner Bros in the past has made it clear that they are more interested in pleasing Rotten Tomatoes critics infatuation with Marvel than they are on making their own mark and it shows in the final product. If you hire a visionary director, let them have their vision. It's like hiring Dennis Rodman and telling him to play like Tim Duncan. Just be DC, guys! Maybe the success of The Joker and the hiring switch ups at Warner Bros will set them on the right path. Because clearly people are getting tired of your shit, Warner Bros.
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