The best-case scenario for the upcoming Suicide Squad “Extended Cut” is that, with 13 extra minutes of footage, the poorly received film was a victim of poor editing, character motivations will go beyond “whatever director David Ayer thought looked coolest,” and the Joker and Harley Quinn’s tragic relationship will be filled in. The worst-case scenario: it’s 13 extra minutes of Jared Leto.
Despite Ayer insisting that Suicide Squad‘s theatrical cut was “my cut, there’s no sort of parallel universe version of the movie, the released movie is my cut,” Warner Bros. is releasing a new version, now with the exact same amount of Slipknot (barely any). Based on the trailer, a lot of the added footage will focus on the Joker and Harley — including the leaked gun scene and, hopefully, Batman smashing the Clown Prince of Crime’s teeth out — which is probably how it should have been in the first place. Margot Robbie said that “there was so much of our backstory,” although “it just didn’t make sense to confuse the present storyline with that,” while Leto, bless his heart, is certain that there’s “enough footage in this film for a Joker movie.”
If the home-release cut prevents the “edgelord” Joker from getting his own movie, that’s reason enough for it to exist. Suicide Squad: The Extended Cut comes out on digital HD on Nov. 15 and Blu-ray on Dec. 13.