'Suicide Squad' Comic-Con footage released

Story highlights

  • "Suicide Squad" trailer leaked from Comic-Con soon after it was screened Saturday
  • Warner Bros. Pictures released the trailer online Monday

(The Hollywood Reporter)After the Comic-Con footage for Warner Bros' Suicide Squad leaked online, director David Ayer tweeted out that he planned to make it right — by officially releasing 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:
    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."
    "Suicide 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.