David Ayer Releases Unseen Joker Clip
While the Justice League Snyder Cut may be well on its way for a March 2021 HBO Max release, director David Ayer is still angling for his director's cut of Suicide Squad (2016).
Actor Jared Leto's interpretation of the Joker may be the most poorly received Clown Prince of Crime yet, and Ayer has spoken out about the changes made to characters in the film's final cut, where he had initially planned a larger role for Leto's Joker and Karen Fukuhara's Katana. Ayer had also originally intended for Will Smith as Deadshot to form a love triangle with Margot Robbie's Harly Quinn and Leto's Joker.
Suicide Squad was the third film in the DC Extended Universe, bringing many new DC Comics characters from pages to the big screen. Alongside the popular Joker and Harley Quinn, the first appearances of George "Captain Boomerang" Harkness (Jai Courtney), Amanda Waller (Viola Davis), and Waylon "Killer Croc" Jones (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje).
Similar to Snyder's Justice League, there were claims that many elements from Ayer's intended version of Suicide Squad were altered for the theatrical release. After being uploaded by Ayer, @heroichollywood on Instagram shared an unseen clip of Leto's Joker, with face half-burned.
Though Ayer has been vocal about his director's cut, there has been no confirmation for the Ayer Cut seeing a release anytime soon. Regardless, it has been for prompted the hashtag #ReleaseTheAyerCut to pop up across social media platforms, and Snyder said he planned on touching base with Ayer about his project. "I haven't talked to David about it," Snyder said in an interview, "But I'm sure I will. I know him quite well. I've just been swamped because of COVID, but it's on my list of things to talk to him about."