Jared Leto was originally set to play a much bigger role as the Joker in Suicide Squad. Director David Ayer recently shared a new photo of the Clown Prince of Crime from the Ayer Cut.
Jared Leto’s Joker was the laughingstock of the comic book movie community (at least, until Morbius came out). His reduced role in the theatrical cut of Suicide Squad left him a hollow meme of a character. However, David Ayer assures fans he’s much more fleshed out in the Ayer Cut, releasing a brand new image of the actor in character:
David Ayer has remained vocal about his “Ayer Cut” of Suicide Squad seeing the light of day, recently giving fans hope that it will be released under James Gunn and Peter Safran’s new DC Universe regime. Given how ridiculous the Joker looks even in that photo, it wouldn’t likely fix every issue fans had with Jared Leto’s performance, but it sure would be better than what they got.
Is A David Ayer cut of Suicide Squad coming?
David Ayer’s journey with Suicide Squad has been a topic of discussion for a while now, primarily due to the perceived chasm between his original intentions and the end product that hit theaters. Through various interactions, Ayer has voiced his disappointment and frustrations regarding the radical shifts in the movie’s narrative and tone, influenced by studio decisions.
It’s currently unknown when or if the Ayer Cut of Suicide Squad will be released. If it does, it will likely be categorized under the “Elseworlds” banner of films, which includes any projects not canon to the main DC Universe being constructed by James Gunn and Peter Safran. Current projects in this category include Joker: Folie à Deux and The Batman: Part II.
James Gunn and Peter Safran told journalists that their vision for the DC Universe includes locked scripts, wiggle room and a unified storyline across film, television, animation and video game projects. The two explained that the DC Universe could bring back elements from previous DC regimes, meaning that their eight-to-year plan is not a full reboot.
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