I’ll be honest: I thought Suicide Squad was atrocious, while the overall response to it was almost as mixed as that to Batman Vs Supeman: Dawn Of Justice, but it was a commercial success. It was painfully obvious from watching the theatrical cut that much footage had been removed, and I have to say I’m surprised that it’s only just over ten minutes worth of cut footage that is being put back into the extended Blu-ray and DVD edition. Even more surprising is how director David Ayer keeps on reiterating that the theatrical version was his preferred one.
“We have a chunk of deleted scenes, there’s definitely over 10 minutes of material on there. 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 laughs, not a democracy, and just because something’s cool and charismatic doesn’t mean it gets to survive in the final cut. The flow of the movie is the highest master”.
I guess that, for a cut approximating his original vision for the film, you’d have to remove some of the humour and reshoot scenes. Anyway, here’s one of the scenes that will be in the extended edition, involving Harley Quinn and the Joker. It’s well known that much of the new footage will be of the Joker, which is a double edged sword; the movie may flow better [despite what Ayer says], but I thought Jared Leto’s Joker was awful!
Suicide Squad extended edition is available on DVD and Blu-ray on December 13th.