While the #ReleaseTheAyerCut campaign hasn’t attracted the same level of support for that of Zack Snyder’s Justice League, director David Ayer has teased fans of the DC supervillain ensemble Suicide Squad by sharing a brief, three-second clip featuring Jared Leto’s Joker.
The filmmaker’s original cut of the 2016 movie was subject to enforced reshoots and a re-edit at the behest of Warner Bros., and the shot below is from the originally planned ending – which Ayer has previously said we “were not permitted to see” – where The Joker would have confronted Task Force X following a helicopter crash.
Ayer has also stated that Leto was “mistreated” by the studio’s enforced changes and that his performance “was ripped out of the movie”. Whether we’ll ever get to see that performance ourselves remains a mystery, but here’s 3 seconds of it…
— -/George- (@kryptonscodex) January 16, 2021
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.