Jared Letos turn as The Joker was one of the most polarizing elements of David Ayers Suicide Squad. While some fans hated the drastic redesign of the character others thought it fit in perfectly with the wild grungy aesthetic Ayer was trying to establish for the film. As such the Release the Ayer Cut fan campaign that has sprung up since the movies release is often tied to Letos Joker a character said to have much more footage on the cutting room floor than he has in the actual movie. Today The Ayer Cut on Twitter released a look at Letos initial makeup test (and the prosthetic teeth he wore).
These come from Alessandro Bertolazzi a makeup artist who won an Academy Award for his work on the film. Its also the latest in a series of Ayer Cut teases revolving around Letos Joker who last appeared in Zack Snyders Justice League. Asked about the idea of releasing David Ayers directors cut of the film on HBO Max back in November Leto was definitive. Hed love to see Ayer get the Zack Snyder treatment. Absolutely Leto told Variety. Why not Why wouldnt they Thats what streamings for right
Whereas the Snyder Cut needed a significant investment to complete it since Snyder left during production on the film Ayers cut is a different story. Supposedly all of the photography was completed and only some visual effects work would have remained. Ayers cut of the film was supposedly screened in a completed form for Warner Bros. executives before they asked for more edits and kicked off a process the resulted in the final theatrical version of the movie.
I put my life into Suicide Squad Ayer recently wrote in an open letter. I made something amazing. My cut is intricate and emotional journey with some bad people who are shit on and discarded (a theme that resonates in my soul). The studio cut is not my movie. Read that again. And my cut is not the 10week directors cut – its a fully mature edit by Lee Smith standing on the incredible work by John Gilroy. Its all Steven Prices brilliant score with not a single radio song in the whole thing. It has traditional character arcs amazing performances a solid thirdact resolution. A handful of people have seen it.