While it sounds like the edits made to Cathy Yan’s Birds of Prey weren’t nearly as dire as the ones inflicted on David Ayer’s Suicide Squad, it’s still troubling that Warner Bros. is still wrenching control away from its directors. Although, it seems like Patty Jenkins, for better or worse, had the final say on the edit of Wonder Woman 1984.
Speaking on The Playlist Podcast, director Cathy Yan discussed the challenges she encountered working on Birds of Prey, especially with “having to compromise” on aspect’s of the film during post-production and the final edit:
“It was definitely challenging… “‘Dead Pigs’ was such a singular, pure version of myself. And I think when you’re dealing with a budget like [‘Birds of Prey’ had] and the sort of pressures of a studio, especially a studio that is undergoing a lot of change, inevitably you end up having to compromise and fight for stuff. And you win some and you lose a lot. It’s just kind of how it is.”
Yan went on to flatly admit that she “would have loved to have more control over the edit” that ended up making it to screens
“I would have loved to have more control over the edit [of ‘Birds of Prey’]… But that’s just kind of how it is. I don’t know if there’s a Cathy Yan cut out there, but I think for any filmmaker, all of us are in it because we want to express ourselves as wholly as possible. And to match what you ultimately see on screen with what’s in our head
It seems like with Warner Bros., either the director has most of the control or barely any when there should be a more mutual compromise between parties.