Jared Leto Shares Support for Ayer Cut of Suicide Squad
During an interview with Variety on their Awards Circuit Podcast, Suicide Squad’s Joker Jared Leto revealed that he fully supports a director’s cut of the 2016 movie should filmmaker David Ayer ever get the opportunity to see his original vision for the project realized and would return for reshoots if he was asked.
“I would love for him to be able to work on that and make the film of his dreams,” said Leto. “It’s always hard when you make these movies because it’s such a pressure cooker. There are so many decisions that have to be made in a short amount of time. My hat’s off to the directors and the producers, and the studios. It’s not easy. You never start with something that’s perfect. It’s a race to try to make it as good as you can in a short amount of time. So I get it, having another swing at things? I’m sure we all can use that.”
On Twitter last year, Ayer said that Leto “was pretty mistreated during this. No one has seen his performance. It was ripped out of the movie.” He also revealed in October that he had watched his cut of the film for the first time “since it was abandoned” and called the movie “f*cking amazing.”
While there have been no announcements from Warner Bros. of an Ayer Cut of Suicide Squad, Leto will be reprising his role as Joker in Zack Snyder’s Justice League, who reportedly joined reshoots for the highly-anticipated director’s cut for HBO Max.
Suicide Squad starred Will Smith as Deadshot, Viola Davis as Amanda Waller, Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flag, Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang, Jay Hernandez as El Diablo, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Killer Croc, Cara Delevinge as Enchantress, Karen Fukuhara as Katana and Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, who became an instant fan-favorite and is now one of the most popular DC characters. Despite receiving mostly negative reviews, the film still grossed over $726 million at the worldwide box office.
James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad is currently in post-production and is expected to release on August 6, 2021.