Suicide Squad is finally in theaters today (our reviews here and here), so we can maybe have a moratorium on stories about Jared “edgelord” Leto and his snazzy coats. The rumors are going to continue for awhile, however, with Jared Leto allegedly saying he originally had a lot more screen time and there being reports of behind-the-scenes drama about the director being forced to release a different, compromised cut of the film in theaters. Is this like Fantastic Four, where the director will tweet then delete a claim that his director’s cut of the film was better? NOPE.
David Ayer spoke to Collider about which version of the film is in theaters (his version) and how many deleted scenes there are (over 10 minutes worth).
“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*cking 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.”
When Collider asked if the deleted scenes include more of Joker and Margot Robbie’s scene-stealing Harley Quinn, Ayer only answered “maybe.” For what it’s worth, the version in theaters is still tracking for a huge opening, so all the drama kid flailing and actor fight club rehearsals should still pay off. Now if only we could trust the reviews…