While it hasn’t been met with the same level of enthusiasm among fans as #ReleaseTheSnyderCut, the campaign for Warner Bros. to allow director David Ayer to release his original version of 2016’s Suicide Squad continues to attract attention, with Rick Flag actor Joel Kinnaman becoming the latest cast member to lend his support to Ayer’s cause.
“You always wanna see the filmmaker’s cut, you know?” said Kinnaman during an interview with The Playlist. “It’s always a shame when the filmmaker’s vision doesn’t make it to the cinema. Of course, there’s always going to be compromise. I find it’s the bigger the budget, the bigger the compromise. Usually, that’s the case. I’m sure [The Ayer Cut] would be much more interesting. David’s take on the Joker was really interesting and that didn’t really come out in the movie that we saw.”
Kinnaman’s comments regarding The Joker echo those of Ayer, who has previously said that Jared Leto was “mistreated” and his performance as the Clown Prince of Crime was “ripped out of” the movie when Warner Bros. stepped in to enforce changes, leading to the theatrical cut we saw in cinemas.
Whether we’ll get to see Ayer’s cut of Suicide Squad remains a mystery at present, but Kinnaman will be back as Rick Flag this year in James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad, while Jared Leto has recently reprised the role of The Joker for an appearance in Zack Snyder’s Justice League.
Suicide Squad saw David Ayer (Fury) directing a cast that included 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.