This edition of the Geek News Brief includes stories about script leaks from David Ayer's Suicide Squad, details on Shang-Chi's release with Disney+, and a release date for the Tom Hanks sci-fi movie Finch.

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David Ayer’s Suicide Squad script leaks, Shang-Chi Disney+ details, & Finch release date – 2021-08-16

Script leaks from David Ayer’s Suicide Squad confirmed to be legit by director

Over the past week, a handful of snippets of what was rumored to be David Ayer’s Suicide Squad script leaked onto social media. Now, the director is confirming the validity of those leaks, the final product of which was changed and reshaped by Warner Bros., raising curiosity for what Ayer’s original cut would have looked like.

In addition to confirming that all of the pages were legitimate, he also confirmed that they were all in fact filmed before being cut from the studio version. Among the leaks were scenes in which Deadshot and Harley Quinn share a kiss, Diablo lives, the Joker has much darker scenes, and the humor is edgier, with the entire movie having a darker tone.

Ayer himself has been supportive of the release of the director’s cut of Suicide Squad, explaining that the final product was altered quite a bit to adhere to a lighter tone.

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings won’t be on Disney+ Premier Access

Despite concerns about the Delta variant of COVID-19, and more states returning to pre-vaccine policies, Disney’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is still set to land exclusively in theaters, meaning that there won’t be a release on Disney+ Premier Access. The reason for this, according to Disney’s CEO, is more contractual than anything else.

Speaking during a recent earnings call to discuss Disney’s Quarter 3 earnings, Disney CEO Bob Chapek said that the reason for Shang-Chi not being released on Disney+ Premier Access is because the company had settled on various distribution agreements prior to the sudden increase in COVID-19 cases over the summer. According to Chapek, though, the company will still be looking at Shang-Chi’s 45-day exclusive window in theaters as another data point in figuring out how they move forward with future releases.

On the same call, Chapek teased that there are many announcements coming our way on Disney+ Day, which will also commemorate the two-year anniversary of the platform’s launch on November 12.

Tom Hanks-led sci-fi movie Finch arrives November 5th on Apple TV+

Apple has given a release date for the second of two Tom Hanks films it acquired during the pandemic. Finch, a futuristic tale about a reclusive inventor, his canine, and his robotic buddy, hits Apple TV+ on November 5th.

In the film, a man, a robot and a dog form an unlikely family in a powerful and moving adventure of one man’s quest to ensure that his beloved canine companion will be cared for after he’s gone. Hanks stars as Finch, a robotics engineer and one of the few survivors of a cataclysmic solar event that has left the world a wasteland. But Finch, who has been living in an underground bunker for a decade, has built a world of his own that he shares with his dog, Goodyear. He creates a robot to watch over Goodyear when he no longer can. As the trio embarks on a perilous journey into a desolate American West, Finch strives to show his creation, who names himself Jeff, the joy and wonder of what it means to be alive. Their road trip is paved with both challenges and humor, as it’s as difficult for Finch to goad Jeff and Goodyear to get along as it is for him to manage the dangers of the new world.

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Rob Logan

Rob is a movie buff, computer whiz, gamer, huge Batman fan, and above all... a geek. In addition to being the Founder and Host of The Geek Generation, he is also a photographer, graphic designer, certified clinical hypnotherapist, a former professional wrestler, and a current superhero.

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