Suicide Squad: Special Edition

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Another DC edit in Anticipation of the Zack Snyder Justice League release.

Lets be honest, this movie sucks. But my edit attempts to salvage what can be saved for a more streamlined film. Say goodbye to neon graphic introductions, hip-shaking from magic villains, repeated expositions, and a lot of Jared Leto. (He is still in the film, but most of his lines are cut. I mean WTF - that "will you live for me speech" was ridiculous)
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Original Release Date:
2016
Original Running Time:
214
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Fanedit Running Time:
147
Brief Synopsis:
Goal:
• Remove as much unnecessary exposition as possible. The last time something is explained, it’s the only time.
• Removed Enchantress Hip-shaking, connect her plans to the larger DC universe
• Less Joker focus and dialogue
• Reveal the team organically, without introductions
Intention:
We finally got the Snyder approval, but have been less hopeful for the Ayer cut lately, so I decided to take a look, and ended up with this edit.

In my typical fashion, exposition gets cut drastically. The last time something is explained, is hopefully the only time it is. My intent is to leave some mystery and suspense, and not everyone needs to be a main character. I didn't know these characters besides Harley before watching, and that is the perspective I maintain. Slipknot is simply a plot device, not a main character.

Also, Enchantress is a horrible villain, so I have removed as much of her dialogue as possible to make her more menacing implicitly, and removed as much hip-shaking as possible. Hopefully this puts the movie focus less on her and more on the growth of Harley, Deadshot and Flag, the real main characters. Most of the Joker dialogue is removed when possible.

Scene sequence is also adjusted in the first half to better introduce the characters organically.

Subtitles for Enchantress and Incubus have been replaced with a focus on building a beacon to alert Apokolips.
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Release Information:
Digital
Editing Details:
• Remove as much unnecessary exposition as possible. The last time something is explained, it’s the only time.
• Removed Enchantress Hip-shaking, connect her plans to the larger DC universe
• Less Joker focus and dialogue
• Reveal the team organically, without introductions

Changing Enchantress and Incubus subtitles to make them servants of Darkseid and working on a beacon to alert him. They also mention they do not have any boxes so they cannot open a doorway.

Old:
• Sister
• Brother
• Brother I have freed you
• Where are we
• The same world only much later
• What happened?
• The humans turned against us
• But they worshipped us?
• We were gods to them
• Now they worship machines
• So I will build a machine
• That will destroy them all
• Build your strength
• Feed on them
• and wait for me to return

• Brother Help Me
• before she kills me
• Where's your heart?
• I will take it back
• Until then you will share your power
• (Now help me build my weapon)
• Its time to wipe them out

• Bring me my sister's heart
• Brother
• Make the bow to me

• Brother!

New:

• I - Sister
• E - Brother
• E - Come back brother
• I - Where are we?
• E - The same world... only much later
• I - Where are the others?
• E - The old gods are gone, we are alone
• I - We must contact Apokolips
• I - It is time for our Master to return
• E - I can create a beacon
• E - That will lead him to us
• E - And this world will be cleansed
• E - Feed on these humans
• E - And gather your strength
• E - We will need it

• E - Brother help me
• E - Before she kills me
• I - Where is your heart?
• E - I will take it back
• E - Until then I will share your power
• E - We can delay no longer
• E - It is time to create the beacon

• I - Bring me my sister's heart

• E - Fine.
• E - Brother, destroy these cockroaches.

• E - Nooo!!!


Cuts and Additions:
• Changed Harley’s shock flashbacks to memories of time with Joker
• Moved Waller and Flagg visit to Belle Reve to before Waller private dinner scene
• Removed shot of June Moone arriving at Belle Reve
• Removed Killer croc asking Flagg “aint you scared”
• Removed Diablo creating “Bye” fire in cell
• Removed Waller’s intro narration and title sequence
• Removed Waller’s introduction of each character
• Moved Intro of Enchantress to reveal during pentagon meeting
• Tightened Pentagon Meeting
• Shortened Joker intro at the club
• Shortened Joker takeover of Van Criss Labs
• Removed close up shot of Enchanctress starting her spell
• Removed Pentagon war room reacting to Incubus and Enchantress and replaced with destruction of satellite
• Removed Bachlorette Party from evacuation zone
• Shortened Kitana’s intro to reduce exposition
• Removed shot of Joker texting Harley
• Removed Squad Helicopter crash
• Removed Waller “Get out of there”
• Remove shot of Diablo using fire power with Boomerang
• Removed Enchantress kissing to make eyeball warriors
• Moved Deadshot scene with daughter shopping to when he sees the window display
• Shortened Deadshot fight with Batman
• Shortened Harley flashback with Joker and motorcycle scene for pacing
• Shortened Harley flashback of Ace Chemicals scene to remove dialogue
• Removed Killer Croc saying “I Like Her” about Amanda Waller
• Removed some shots of Joker in Helicopter
• Tightened Joker and Harley time in helicopter
• Removed Enchantress shots of hip shaking spell-casting
• Shortened Enchantress dialogue
• Changed Harley vision from married life to flashback shots and dancing with Joker shots
• Removed Enchantress dialogue about magic rising and metahumans
• Removed Harley and Boomerang getting hit by Incubus
• Removed Diablo’s cheesy lines about family
• Removed Enchantress dialogue about finishing her machine
• Removed Enchantress hand to hand fight with team.
• Tightened final sequence with explosives and Deadshot bullet
• Shortened Joker reveal at Harley escape
• Shortened extra scene with Waller and Bruce Wayne
Opening Sequence

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Though it may sound like damning with faint praise to call this edit of Suicide Squad "astonishly coherent," anyone who has seen the original cut will know that Wakeupkeo has worked a bonafide miracle by forcing this movie into somehow ACTUALLY MAKING SENSE. The editing on the original film is some of the worst I've ever seen, introducing over a dozen characters while ping-ponging around in time and space, and asking the audience to buy into all the magic, super-science and political paranoia of a half-baked grim-and-gritty superhero cinematic universe. The beloved Suicide Squad comic worked and was subversive because it was built on the foundation of nearly 50 years of superhero tropes and back story and continuity. The film adaptation was working from a couple of bleak Superman movies that established a tiny corner of what is apparently a world filled-to-overflowing with superpowered beings, most of whom are psychotic (and not just the bad guys).

Original sins of the concept aside, Keo has worked a great deal of magic with the flow of the movie, and while certain aspects of the Flagg/Enchantress storyline are unavoidably tied to jerky time-jumps, so much of the movie has been streamlined that it is possible to discover anew the virtues of the film, from inventive villain effects, to clever sequences, to some surprisingly deft and fun characterization. Thanks to some very canny subtitle-tweaking, the film even manages to fulfill an important plot function within the larger DCEU.

My only real complaint about the edit itself (and one I'm surprised to be making) is the lack of Jared Leto's Joker. While I'm glad that his annoying and derivative characterization of "Mr. J" has been shortened and largely relegated to Harley's mercifully brief flashbacks, his quest to track down Harley seems interspersed with the main narrative in a slightly haphazard way and felt like it needed a bit more massaging to pay off properly when Joker tracks her down. As it stands, I don't recall it being completely clear what Joker's goal even is until Harley starts getting texts from him.

In all though, one of the worst superhero films of the century has been rescued to a form that is remarkably enjoyable, occasionally moving and certainly sits well alongside one's DCEU fanedits of choice, not to mention the excellent James Gunn follow-up.

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First of all big thanks for Wakeupkeo for bringing also this movie from the DC to us in a way less bad version! :)
However the "bad guys" in the original movie material are so bad, it's almost impossible to fix. The dark witch-side of the enchantress is really made well, but has too little time and influence in the movie and too little part of the story, but the version were Cara Delevingne is clearly visibly playing her never worked for me, since we all know why she was hired for the role and it's not because of her good acting. Also that her brother is purely CGI during the important parts makes for 2 really un-compelling villains for our team to be a threat.

Otherwise all the other characters were portrayed way more interestingly in this version, I can gladly say. If there were better villains (with a better role than standing half of the movie with the back in the camera waving at the sky at a CGI cloud *smg*) this could have been a really cool flic for the DC series. Of course, this is not Wakeupkeo 's fault whatsoever since I don't know if cutting more out of the bad guy scenes would diminish the entire story. I just wished there was a way to hide more of the weaknesses of the villains is what I am trying to say.

In the edit itself, the only thing that took me out of it was the subtitles of the newly edited translations. I think the words are chosen well but the style of the subs totally does not fit to the movie, it looks like someone edited it in with her/his personal subtitle style, but it's clear that it was never part of the real movie. This is the only time I ever saw something like this in a fanedit, that a hardcoded subtitle looks like it does no belong,

But besides these two things I enjoyed the rest very well, so the potential is always there with Wakeupkeo, which makes me excited to watch even more of his edits :)

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I actually didn't mind the theatrical and the expanded editions of Suicide Squad. This edit greatly improved the story and the emphasis on the character development. The action was tight and the pacing also greatly improved. Bravo. You made a bad, but enjoyable, film even better.

I only wish there had been a way to circumvent the Enchantress story line, but I think you did a fine job of de-emphasizing the romance, and reducing the amount of chicken that Stagg was eating (LOL).

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This is a good fanedit of what is on all accounts a pretty bad film, but this fanedit makes it a lot better.

The film in this form is coherent and has a pretty nice flow narratively compared to the absolute minefield of the theatrical cut.

One thing this edit does highlight is how much the original relied on style over substance. The plot in this streamlined version is as basic as they come, and this maybe highlights that the material isn't there to warrant these characters being "friends" by the end of the film. Which is more a comment on the original than this fan edit.

The editing is never noticeable which is obviously the main aim with a project like this, but some segments do seem a little rushed. The Joker is in this even less than the theatrical (not a bad thing necessarily) but it does almost feel strange to have such a big hitter of the DC world have such limited screen time, but again I feel this is more a comment of the film than this edit. The Joker didn't really have a role in the film outside of flashbacks and they were distracting to the plot. So overall I get the decision to trim him out as much as possible.

So hats off to the editor. They definitely achieve their goal of making a bad film better. I actually felt like I liked the leads by the end of this edit, which is more than can be said for the original. So yeah, the editor has successfully made the film focus on Deadshot, Harley and Flag and this is the main improvement. There is actually some focus to this movie, compared to the jumbled mess that was released.

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Wakeupkeo says they make bad movies less bad, and that statement couldn't be truer about Suicide Squad. The theatrical version of Suicide Squad is a disaster, filled with bad jokes and horrendous editing. Wakeupkeo edit fixes all of those problems and also ties the film in with the wider DCEU by changing the dialogue between The Enchantress and her brother. The audio and video quality were great in my opinion and I saw no issues with the editing. The changes in this edit improve the film's narrative tremendously and to say I enjoyed this more than the theatrical cut would be an understatement. In short, I recommend this edit highly to see a terrible film become better.

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