Jared Leto wants original Suicide Squad cut released on HBO Max

It’s been 5 years and one reboot given that the release of DC and Warner Bros.’ Suicide Team, however Jared Leto hasn’t quit on a long-held dream: the release of the “Ayer Cut,” an edit of the film which director David Ayer has actually stated considerably varies from what audiences saw back in 2016.

Speaking with a press reporter from Range at the Los Angeles best of Home of Gucci, Leto argued that the contemporary truths of movie circulation ought to make launching the Ayer Cut in some capability a no-brainer for Warner Bros. Pictures and DC Home Entertainment.

“Why wouldn’t they? Why wouldn’t they? I mean, that’s what streaming’s for, right?” he asked.

Why wouldn’t they, certainly, seconded Ayer himself in a tweet. The possibility to launch a 2nd cut of a film is “exactly what streaming is for,” Ayer stated, attempting to interest business sense of any executives reading. If you own IP and you have a required to monetize it from your investors that’s precisely what you do,” tagging Warner Bros.’ moms and dad business AT&T. (Though AT&T just recently offered WarnerMedia to Discovery, and the combined business will exist as “Warner Bros. Discovery” in the future.)

Jared Leto as a heavily tattooed Joker

For Jared Leto’s Joker, launching the #AyerCut would in fact be a typical approach of movie circulation.

Both Leto and Ayer have actually stated there is more to the 2016 than has actually been openly seen for several years. In 2017, Leto informed IGN that “There were so many scenes that got cut from the movie, I couldn’t even start. I think that the Joker … we did a lot of experimentation on the set, we explored a lot. There’s so much that we shot that’s not in the film.”

Simply as he carried out in 2021, Ayer followed up Leto’s quotes with affirmation, publishing a letter to Twitter stating he wanted he had a “time machine” to develop a “more grounded story.” Nevertheless, he kept in mind that “no, there isn’t a secret edit of the film with a bunch of Joker scenes hidden in a salt mine somewhere.”

A lot has actually altered in the superhero video game given that 2017. Particularly, one huge modification: this year’s fan-demanded release of Zack Snyder’s Justice League. The long march from hashtags to the real release of a 2nd, four-hour variation of Justice League more in line with Snyder’s initial vision than the modifications Joss Whedon made on set definitely recorded the creativities of Ayer and Leto, not to point out fans with dreams comparable to the Snyder die-hards. An extra minute in the re-edit including Leto’s Joker just fanned the fire.

Interest about the Zack Snyder’s Justice League, which Warner Bros. supposedly invested $70 million into finishing, made the film a PR success. Although main numbers are tough to come by, in Might 2021 a WarnerMedia news release called the film a “hit [HBO]Max Original.” That stated, it was not a runaway success, or the 2nd coming of the DC Snyderverse; third-party streaming analytics business Samba television reported that the film tracked other significant releases that likewise opened in theaters, which might have resulted in reduced seeing on the platform. Three weekends after release, Zack Snyder’s Justice League was viewed by a reported 3.2 million households, falling behind Mortal Kombat (5.5 million viewers), Godzilla vs. Kong (5.1 million), The Suicide Squad (4.7 million, Wonder Woman 1984 (3.9 million) in the same window.

But the social media success of the #SnyderCut has clearly inspired Ayer, who used the release of James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad to post another letter, saying that he had put his “life into Suicide Squad” and that the released 2016 film “is not my movie. Read that again. And my cut is not the 10 week director’s cut — It’s a fully mature edit.” Ayer went on to praise Gunn’s reboot, which itself suffered from paltry numbers at the box office.

Those numbers might make WarnerMedia executives wonder if there truly is enough hype around an #AyerCut to bring a new, un-rebooted version of the Suicide Squad into existence. The original Justice League, while a critical flop, was technically a financial success, earning $656 million worldwide, giving the studio a reason to continue with plans for standalone Aquaman and Flash movies, and Wonder Woman’s standalone franchise. Suicide Squad did even better, earning $745 million worldwide, but attempts to steer the franchise to critical acclaim backfired, between The Suicide Squad and Birds of Prey. Ayer seems to think going back to where it all started is the solution.

The 20,000 or so followers at @CutAyer and the near-25,000 followers at @RTAyerCutSS, have jumped on Leto’s comments, but based on the many attempts to do something with the series, the general public has so far been tepid on the idea of a gang of villains getting tiny bombs implanted into their heads so they are forced to become unlikely heroes.

So far, stars affiliated with both Suicide Squad and The Suicide Squad have been generally supportive. Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman and John Cena have all expressed varying levels of enthusiasm for the #AyerCut project, with Robbie calling a 2nd release a “very complicated situation” that she would “want to see,” and Kinnaman saying that “you always want to see the director’s vision.”

If the #AyerCut is just wishful thinking or an actual movement on par with #SnyderCut, the jury’s still out. However there’s certainly a hashtag.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.