David Ayer, the director of Suicide Squad, says that Jared Leto was “mistreated” and his Joker performance was “ripped out of the movie.”
Since HBO Max announced that Zack Snyder’s Justice League will be released, a similar fan movement for David Ayer’s Suicide Squad has emerged. His film was changed dramatically from his initial vision, especially regarding how much Jared Leto’s Joker was involved in the movie.
Ayer has given his support for the campaign and it turns out Jared Leto has seen some of the support fans are giving his turn as the Joker. A fan account for the campaign wrote on Twitter: “Still can’t believe that just a few hours ago JARED LETO liked one of our tweets from our campaign. We’re glad our campaign brought many smiles to people’s faces. #ReleaseTheAyerCut.”
Ayer then responded by describing the extent to which Leto’s Joker was removed from the film: “Jared was pretty mistreated during this. No one has seen his performance. It was ripped out of the movie.”
Jared was pretty mistreated during this. No one has seen his performance. It was ripped out of the movie. https://t.co/gSOeyJjtyd
— David Ayer (@DavidAyerMovies) June 2, 2020
Whether or not more footage and context for Leto’s Joker would improve the film and people’s perception of the character will remain to be seen. But if WB is giving Snyder a chance to have his true vision released for Justice League, perhaps they should give the same courtesy to Ayer. What are your thoughts? Do you want to see the Ayer Cut of Suicide Squad? Let us know in the comments or on our social channels @FlickeringMyth…
Suicide Squad sees David Ayer (Fury) directing a cast that includes Will Smith (Focus) as Deadshot, Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club) as The Joker, Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street) as Harley Quinn, Jai Courtney (Terminator Genisys) as Captain Boomerang, Joel Kinnaman (RoboCop) as Rick Flag, Viola Davis (The Help) as Amanda Waller, Cara Delevingne (Paper Towns) as Enchantress, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Thor: The Dark World) as Killer Croc, Jay Hernandez (Hostel) as El Diablo, Adam Beach (Flags of Our Fathers) as Slipknot, Jim Parrack (Fury) as Johnny Frost, Ben Affleck (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice) as Batman, newcomer Karen Fukuhara as Katana, Common (Selma) as Monster T, Ike Barinholtz (The Mindy Project) as Captain Griggs and Scott Eastwood (The Longest Ride) as Lieutenant ‘GQ’ Edwards.