After a highly successful box office run that saw it bring in $744.2 million worldwide, Suicide Squad is nearing its home media release. DC’s story of the Worst. Heroes. Ever. will be available on digital beginning November 15, 2016, with the physical Blu-ray hitting store shelves in December. Many fans are excited to pick up a copy, since it was recently confirmed that an extended cut would be included on the disc. Since the “ultimate edition” of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice was seen as an improvement over the theatrical cut, the hope was that the same could be said for Suicide Squad.
It’s no secret that there was a plethora of footage left on the cutting room floor, with Suicide Squad director David Ayer saying over the summer that they shot “a million and a half feet of footage” during production. Jared Leto also said that he filmed enough Joker material to make a standalone film about the Clown Prince of Crime. With the deleted scenes becoming a major talking point, the big question about the extended version is how much it will add to the movie. The initial reports suggested 13 minutes, but the official word is that it’s slightly less than that.
The DC Cinematic Reddit page got a hold of an image of the back of the Suicide Squad Blu-ray box, where it reveals that the extended cut runs for 134 minutes. That is 11 minutes longer than the 123 minute-long theatrical version. Viewers will recall that the ultimate edition of Batman V Superman stretched the film to a three-hour runtime, so Suicide Squad‘s version of that sounds like it will not be as extensive. This may be disappointing for some hoping that the extended cut could fix some of the movie’s disjointed narrative problems, but there’s still a chance that the new scenes are valuable and add further insight to the colorful cast of characters.
In the image, we also get our first look at the bonus features for Suicide Squad. Check out a list of the various featurettes below:
- 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 behind-the-scenes stories of Suicide Squad quickly became the stuff of legend, as each day had a new revelation about Ayer’s unusual rehearsal methods, actors inflicting bodily harm on themselves, and Leto’s infamous gifts to his co-stars. An argument can be made that the Blu-ray release is more anticipated for these “explosive extras“ than the actual movie, since many people will be interested in hearing the “truth.” Chances are, any real juicy details will be kept from the general public, but it should still be very fascinating to see the making of Suicide Squad, particularly since some of the headlines were stranger than fiction.
The gag reel could also be fun to check out, given that the cast developed a great chemistry with each other through filming. It was clear that they had a blast working on the film, and their blown takes probably led to fits of laughter and constant joking around. Many enjoyed the actors’ takes on the fan-favorite characters, so getting to spend more time with them in any capacity will be a treat. As moviegoers wait official word on Suicide Squad 2, the Blu-ray should give them plenty of new material to explore.
Suicide Squad will be available on digital November 15, 2016 and Blu-ray December 13, 2016.