Suicide Squad‘s extended cut is set to showcase the Joker’s deleted scenes.
Warner Bros. left many fans disappointed when the super villain – played by Jared Leto – was notably missing for large portions of the summer blockbuster, but a new trailer for the extended cut suggests that the addition of the previously deleted scenes will bump up the character’s screen time. Whilst the blockbuster was poorly-received when it hit cinema screens in August, the studios are hoping to rectify that with the extended cut for home video release, as they did with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice earlier this year.
Jared Leto has not been confirmed to be appearing in the deleted scenes that will make up the new cut, but the Joker is featured frequently throughout the newly released trailer, and so there is speculation that he will in fact get more screen time. The star previously admitted that he had shot a great deal of footage that the film’s director David Ayer – as well as the project’s producers – decided not to use.
Jared said previously: “I understand [this Suicide Squad film] is a bit of an introduction to The Joker. It’s more of a supporting part than it could have been, had they used everything – but there’s a method to [the filmmakers’] madness.”
The deleted scenes will reportedly make up an extra 13 minutes of footage, and includes scenes which David Ayer previously described as “orphans”.
He said: “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 f***ing 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. The flow of the movie is the highest master.”
The extended cut of Suicide Squad will be released on digital HD on November 28 before getting a Blu-ray release on December 5.