TORONTO — Only weeks after they were filmed in Toronto, scenes from the upcoming super villain movie Suicide Squad were released online Monday.
Warner Bros. said it posted the clips only because it failed to “contain” footage pirated from a sneak preview at San Diego Comic Con on Saturday.
“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,” read a statement from the studio.
“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.”
Director David Ayer also commented on the leak via Twitter.
The preview shows scenes involving all the major characters from the DC Comics movie, including Jared Leto as The Joker, Will Smith as Deadshot, Viola Davis as Amanda Waller and Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn.
The footage — which features a unique version of the Bee Gees’ “I Started a Joke” — shows scenes that were recently shot in Toronto’s Yonge-Dundas Square, along Yonge Street, under the Gardiner Expressway and inside Hy’s Steakhouse.
The movie follows a team of supervillains who take on dangerous missions for the U.S. government in exchange for reduced sentences.
Production of Suicide Squad continues in Toronto until the end of the summer. It is scheduled for release on Aug. 5, 2016.