Despite a firestorm of mixed reviews and a polarized fanbase, Warner Bros’ releases of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad, were undeniable hits at the box-office. The movies continue the on-going story of DC Comics universe on film, that began with 2013’s release of Man of Steel.
This summer, WB released Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Ultimate Edition, which not only garnered an R rating, but also added 30 minutes of unseen footage. Many thought that the new cut was a more linear and enjoyable experience. However, it did establish a questionable precedent for the studio, as they roll out their DC Comics’ film slate over the next few years.
There was a lot of talk after the release of Suicide Squad that there were alternate cuts and scenes that were left on the cutting room floor. While director David Ayer protected the studio, claiming that the theatrical cut was his own…it’s apparent from his filmography and from a single viewing that compromises were made.
Today, we get our first look at the home release for Suicide Squad and it appears that an extended cut is indeed on the way. The home release will feature a version with 13 additional minutes and is unrated. It’s unclear what these scenes will feature. However, if you followed the aftermath of the film, it was clear from actor Jared Leto’s comments that there was a lot left out of the film. In fact, there was a list of rumored cut scenes from the movie that will make your head spin, so it should be interesting to see the changes that were actually made.
The new promo stays true to the theatrical release’s marketing campaign by being highlighted by music, while featuring a few unseen glimpses of footage. While the movie was far from perfect, there was a lot to like in the original cut. This release does bring to light a potentially troubling trend however. Where theatrical cuts are butchered by studio interference, only to later placate upset fans with alternate versions. Like it or not, the Squad is on the way and we already know that it pays to be bad.
It feels good to be bad…Assemble a team of the world’s most dangerous, incarcerated Super Villains, provide them with the most powerful arsenal at the government’s disposal, and send them off on a mission to defeat an enigmatic, insuperable entity. U.S. intelligence officer Amanda Waller has determined only a secretly convened group of disparate, despicable individuals with next to nothing to lose will do. However, once they realize they weren’t picked to succeed but chosen for their patent culpability when they inevitably fail, will the Suicide Squad resolve to die trying, or decide it’s every man for himself?
Suicide Squad stars Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Viola Davis, Cara Delevingne, Jai Courtney, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, and Ben Affleck, and will be released digitally on November 15th and on Blu-Ray on December 13th, 2016.