Despite director David Ayer insisting there was no "parallel universe version" of this summer's semi-controversial Suicide Squad, Warner Bros. has now announced a release date for an extended cut and shared its first teaser. Suicide Squad bagged lots and lots of money at the box office, but was considered, by most accounts, a not-very-good film. If this alternate version of Suicide Squad has anything at all in common with the extended cut of the similarly derided Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, frustrated fans may be in for a bit of cinematic justice.
"We have a chunk, there's definitely over 10 minutes of material on there," Ayer told Collider in August when asked about releasing scrapped footage once the film left theaters. "But this cut of the movie is my cut, there's no sort of parallel universe version of the movie, the released movie is my cut. And that's one of the toughest things about writing, shooting, and directing a film, is you end up with these orphans and you fucking love them and you think they’d be amazing scenes and do these amazing things but the film is a dictatorship, not a democracy, and just because something's cool and charismatic doesn't mean it gets to survive in the final cut."
Jared Leto, whose Joker didn't exactly get a ton of screen time in the theatrical cut, also spoke on the potential of deleted footage with BBC Radio 1's Edith Bowman. According to Leto, there's enough there to give Joker his own damn movie. "I think I brought so much to the table in every scene that it was probably more about filtering all of the insanity," Leto said in August. "I wanted to give a lot of options, and I think there's probably enough footage in this film for a Joker movie."
But a Joker movie isn't happening anytime soon. All eyes right now are on Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn spin-off, effectively confirmed last month when the Hollywood Reporter announced Robbie’s first-look deal with Warner Bros. The deal, a partnership with Robbie's own LuckyChap Entertainment, includes the untitled Harley Quinn spin-off that's reportedly set to also feature "other DC heroines."
The extended cut of Suicide Squad hits Digital HD Nov. 15 and Blu-ray Dec. 13.