Director David Ayer has released a never-before-seen clip of Jared Leto’s Joker from the 2016 film Suicide Squad.
Despite the film have premiered over four years ago, it seems Ayer shared the brief clip off the back of calls for the “Ayer Cut” to be released.
ICYMI, the “Ayer Cut” refers to an additional cut of the original film that would reportedly be more representative of Ayer’s original vision for the project.
Given the, ah, mixed response to Leto’s portrayal of the iconic character, many fans have questioned how much footage of his performance ended up on the cutting room floor.
Back in May last year, Ayer tweeted that his “heart breaks for Jared” since “most of [his performance] remains unseen”.
Ayer has now taken to Instagram to upload the clip which is said to depict Leto during the film’s original third act.
Within the since-expired clip (re-uploaded by a Twitter user), Leto is sports visible facial burns and tells an unseen character they “should be ashamed” of themselves.
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During an interview with the Variety Awards Circuit podcast earlier this month, Leto said he supported Ayer being able to release his ideal version of the film.
“I would love for him to be able to work on that and make the film of his dreams,” he said.
“It’s always hard when you make these movies because it’s such a pressure cooker. There are so many decisions that have to be made in a short amount of time. My hat’s off to the directors, the producers, and the studios. It’s not easy. You never start with something that’s perfect. It’s a race to try to make it as good as you can in a short amount of time. And having another swing at things? I’m sure we all can use that.”
Check out the clip of Jared Leto’s Joker:
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