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David Ayer shares the Incubus look he wanted for Suicide Squad

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Director David Ayer shares concept art for Incubus, brother of Enchantress, which is the look he wanted for the character in Suicide Squad in 2016.

Director David Ayer shared a conceptual image of how he wanted the character of Incubus to look Suicide Squad. Ayer directed the 2016 DC superhero film, which starred Margot Robbie, Will Smith, Viola Davis, Jared Leto, Joel Kinnaman, Cara Delevingne, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Karen Fukuhara and Jai Courtney as the misguided group of villains sent on a mission to save the world in order to buy time on their prison terms. The modern comic book incarnation of Suicide Squad was created by John Ostrander in 1987.

In the film, the squad, aka Task Force X, takes on Enchantress (Delevingne) and her brother, Incubus (Alain Chanoine), two evil entities who have taken control of the fictional town of Midway and turned humans into monsters, all while preparing to wipe out all of humanity. The Enchantress summons Incubus, another interdimensional being with divine powers, to aid her in her endeavor. Incubus looks a lot flashier in the movie, compared to his comedic character, but apparently Ayer had an even flashier design in mind that didn’t make a difference.

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Today, Ayer shared a concept art look from Incubus in Suicide Squad, which he says is the look he wanted for the character, but ultimately didn’t get. The sad-faced emoji next to his words indicates that he was not allowed to pursue the concept, rather than regret using what eventually appeared on screen. Conceptual art presents a kind of “burning man” look for the body, which is encased in silver armor that almost seems to hover around it. Take a look at the design below:

Ayer has been very vocal and active on social media lately, embracing the #ReleaseTheAyerCut movement, which is pushing for Ayer’s original cut of the film. The director said the studio changed their cut from Suicide Squad in a meaningful way, stripping the movie down to the gist of what it shot, removing plot points, sequences, relationships, actions and more from its cut in order to make a commercial film more streamlined similar to dead Pool. Ayer also said that much of Jared Leto’s performance as Joker was left on the editing room floor, preventing audiences from seeing the real work he put into the role. .

With Zack Snyder Justice League getting the green light due to fan pressure, there’s no reason to think Ayer’s vision ultimately couldn’t be seen too. While the studio said it wouldn’t sue Ayer’s Suicide Squad cut for HBO Max, online support and the constant pressure to see its original cut might very well be all it takes to make it happen. The DCEU’s beginnings had a rough start, mainly due to WB’s lack of confidence in their product and their attempts to “be more Marvel, but they have slowly found their place with their current crop of projects and hopefully will find that fans are more than prepared to see what was originally planned by the filmmakers behind those early films, rather than the edits made by the committee that received. With HBO Max needing all the nudges it can get to compete with streamers like Disney +, Netflix, and Amazon, it seems obvious to give Ayer’s cut a home on the platform.

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