While hitting the promotional trail for his new movie House of Gucci, Jared Leto was asked if Warner Bros. should consider releasing director David Ayer’s original cut of 2016’s Suicide Squad.
Leto, who played The Joker in Suicide Squad, promptly told Variety, “Absolutely! Why not? Why wouldn’t they?”
Why not indeed? After all, the same studio gave DC fans what they wanted last year – a four-hour version of Zack Snyder’s Justice League.
Although a box office hit in 2016, Suicide Squad wasn’t well received by DC fans or its director – a victim of rewrites and reshoots that transformed Ayer’s vision of “a soulful drama” into a more lighthearted superhero romp. Indeed, the director has been quite vocal about it on Twitter, stating that “major elements of my cut were ripped out before I could mature the edit.”
Ayer went on to release a lengthier statement on Twitter, while also praising James Gunn’s recent reboot, The Suicide Squad, writing, “I put my life into Suicide Squad. I made something amazing – my cut is an intricate and emotional journey with some ‘bad people’ who are sh–t on and discarded (a theme that resonates in my soul). The studio cut is not my movie. Read that again. And my cut is not the 10 week director’s cut – it’s a fully mature edit by Lee Smith standing on the incredible work by John Gilroy. It’s all Steven Price’s brilliant score, with not a single radio song in the whole thing. It has traditional character arcs, amazing performances, a solid 3rd Act resolution. A handful of people have seen it. If someone says they have seen it, they haven’t.”
So what are the chances the world will one day get to see the Ayer Cut of Suicide Squad? Don’t hold your breath. When asked about the possibility, Warner Bros. CEO Ann Sarnoff responded, “We won’t be developing David Ayer’s cut.”
But never say never where the DC universe is concerned, and start those hashtag petitions now!