Suicide Squad Director Releases New Image of Jared Leto's Joker

By Lauren Rouse Posted:
Jared Leto as the Joker in Suicide Squad

With Zack Snyder finally getting his cut of J ustice League on HBO Max, fans have been wondering whether David Ayer's original cut of Suicide Squad will ever be released. The iconic villain team is already being rebooted in a new film from Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn, titled The Suicide Squad , meaning Ayer won't be returning for a sequel. But despite earlier sayings that his cut was the version that hit theaters , Ayer seems to be encouraging a new cut of his film to come to screens.

The production of Suicide Squad was notorious for studio interference as Ayer clashed with Warner Bros. over the direction of the film. With fans now backing a release of Ayer's vision for Suicide Squad , the director has been sharing new images from his version of the film .


On his Instagram story , David Ayer released a new black and white image of Jared Leto's Joker looking particularly angry.


It's well known that many of the Joker's scenes from Suicide Squad were cut from the final film . Suicide Squad already received an extended cut to the one shown in cinemas when it was released on home media, however, even this version didn't include all of Leto's scenes, causing many to wonder what didn't make it off the cutting room floor.

David Ayer has been candid about how he would change Suicide Squad if he could do it again, particularly by making Joker the main villain of the film instead of Enchantress. He also said that his finale of the film involved Joker making a deal with Enchantress to save Harley, but Harley refuses the offer in favor of her new friends in the squad. Ayer said this would signal Harley's character arc over the film, but ultimately this never came to screen.

Ayer hasn't been shy in sharing a slew of new images from the 2016 film, including teasing a romance between Batman and Harley . Whether these teases will ever lead to a new cut of Suicide Squad being released is uncertain, but it looks like Ayer hasn't given up on his vision for the film.

- About The Author: Lauren Rouse
Lauren Rouse has been a writer at The Direct since the site launched in 2020. She has a huge passion for everything pop culture and currently writes news articles for the Marvel, Star Wars, DC and video game branches.