The 11-minutes-longer Suicide Squad Extended Cut is just one extra included in the movie’s Blu-Ray release, as well as a gag reel and a Joker/Harley featurette. Read more after the jump.
The Ultimate Edition of Batman V Superman did a lot of good for DC. It filled in a lot of gaps in the cinematic cut’s plot and the extra scenes were catnip for fans. Not to mention it generated some much needed good will for the DCEU. As a result audiences were a little happier to let WB and DC do its thing. Then Suicide Squad managed to blow Batman V Superman out of the box office. But that didn’t stop the Worst. Heroes. Ever having exactly the same problems as their goody-goody predecessors. Fortunately DC are old hats at this now, announcing a Suicide Squad Extended Cut earlier this month as part of the Blu-Ray release. Now we’ve got word of just what the home release will have in store.
The news comes from the DC Cinematic Reddit, which managed to sneak a peek at the back of the Suicide Squad Blu-Ray box.
Here’s what it had to say about the extra features of the release:
- Task Force X: One Team, One Mission – Discover the rich legacy of DC’s most infamous bad guys
- Squad Strength and Skills – How’d they whip themselves into shape? Get the inside story
- Joker and Harley: The ‘It’ Couple of the Underworld – She’s rotten. He’s damaged. They’re a match made in hell
- Chasing the Real – Writer/director David Ayer reveals techniques for creating an authentic surreal world
- Plus Gag Reel and More!
The first two extras are unlikely to have too much appeal for fans. The actual on-set antics like Jared Leto‘s insane pranks and director David Ayer‘s bizarre techniques are more enticing than seeing how many ab crunches Will Smith had to do. The Joker and Harley featurette could be interesting though. A lot of controversy about Suicide Squad stemmed from their relationship being toned down and pacified. The original dynamic was much more savage and redemptive than what we got in theaters. Will this extra give us a little more of what Ayer originally intended? A gag reel seems like a funny choice, but then again it is a cheekier movie than BVS. It’ll certainly be a hoot to see how the actor’s got along behind the scenes.
So exactly how extended is the Suicide Squad Extended Cut?
Not as extended as you might think. The Ultimate Edition of BVS clocked in at around 3 hours. The Suicide Squad Extended Cut only stretches to 134 minutes. If you want to crunch the numbers that’s an extra 11 minutes of footage. That may not sound like a lot but it’s still enough time to fill some gaps and flesh out some scenes…and some characters. It’s not likely that we’ll ever get to see the original footage in it’s full horrific glory. But an extra 11 minutes is better than nothing.
There’s still some doubt online as to whether the Suicide Squad Extended Cut will redeem Ayer’s highly anticipated addition to the DCEU. But let’s stay positive shall we? A month from now we could be laughing about how stupid we used to think Suicide Squad was before we saw the extended cut. Well it could happen.
The Suicide Squad Extended Cut will be available on Blu-Ray December 13th, 2016. The digital release will be out a month earlier on November 15th. Watch this space for all the latest Suicide Squad movie news.