1:03pm PT by THR Staff
'Suicide Squad' Comic-Con Footage Released
The Comic-Con footage for Warner Bros.' Suicide Squad had the Hall H crowd salivating when it debuted on Saturday. Soon after, a shaky bootlegged version made its way onto the internet.
Warner Bros. attempted to get the footage -- which was intended to be only for the eyes of the Hall H crowd -- taken down, but when that didn't work out, the studio and director David Ayer decided to officially release the footage online.
The footage, which debuted during the Warners panel in Hall H this Saturday, features Will Smith, Margot Robbie and Viola Davis as the supervillains forced to work for the greater good, whether they like it or not, set to the strains of a cover of the Bee Gees' "I Started A Joke," a tease of the cameo at the end of the footage: Jared Leto's disturbing take on classic DC villain the Joker.
The footage's official release was teased by Ayer on Twitter:
Shame our sneak peek Hall H footage was leaked. #notcool it's unfair to the fans who waited in line. And not how I intended folks to see it.— David Ayer (@DavidAyerMovies) July 13, 2015
As we used to say in the #Navy stand-by to stand-by. We're gonna make it right.— David Ayer (@DavidAyerMovies) July 13, 2015
In a statement, Warner Bros. President Worldwide Marketing and International Distribution Sue Kroll explained the reason for the footage's official release: "Warner Bros. Pictures and our anti-piracy team have worked tirelessly over the last 48 hours to contain the Suicide Squad footage that was pirated from Hall H on Saturday. We have been unable to achieve that goal. Today we will release the same footage that has been illegally circulating on the web, in the form it was created and high quality with which it was intended to be enjoyed. We regret this decision as it was our intention to keep the footage as a unique experience for the Comic Con crowd, but we cannot continue to allow the film to be represented by the poor quality of the pirated footage stolen from our presentation."
Sucide Squad was not the only movie to have its "Con exclusive" footage show up online; Fox's X-Men: Apocalypse teaser also leaked within hours of its debut at the annual pop culture event, despite convention organizers trying to stem recording and live-streaming at the show.