Much like “Justice League,” “Suicide Squad” had a rough go when it hit theaters in 2016. Despite being a major box office success — raking in roughly $756 million on an approximate $175 million budget –, it missed the mark with critics and fans alike. Its cookie-cutter villains, disjointed tone, and nonsensical story didn’t fly, so when word of David Ayer’s desired “soulful drama” approach to the story got around, people loudly expressed their interest. Jared Leto is no exception, telling Variety that he thinks Warner Bros. should make it happen on the small screen.
“Why not? Why wouldn’t they? I mean, that’s what streaming’s for, right?” asked the “House of Gucci” star, raising an excellent point about modern film release methods. With streaming gaining more and more traction, now is as good a time as any for studios to invest heavily in platform-exclusive content. Ayer himself appears to agree, writing in a Twitter post that “If you own IP and you have a mandate to monetize it from your shareholders that’s exactly what you do.” At the same time, it’s important to account for how “Zack Snyder’s Justice League” performed on HBO Max to deduce whether or not such an endeavor is worthwhile for WB to try again.
Will the David Ayer cut of “Suicide Squad” ever see the light of day? Many didn’t think Snyder’s “Justice League” would, and here we are. Therefore, time will tell, but Jared Leto’s support is surely good news for fans hoping to check it out someday.