Get more details on why Jared Leto’s The Joker was cut from David Ayer‘s supervillain picture…
Now we have the answer because the Joker (Jared Leto), a character that isn’t too involved in the main storyline but is pivotal to Harley Quinn’s (Margot Robbie) journey.
Leto is seen in the movie for a grand total of 15 minutes according to the actor, the character used to have more screen time, before Ayer and editor John Gilroy reduced his role.
What will Suicide Squad fans NOT be seeing in the theatrical version of the movie?
Less Joker and a lot of Harley Quinn and Deadshot. The movie revolves around those two characters more. If you remember, Robbie and Smith starred in Focus. Their onscreen chemistry is golden. The two actors drive the pace of this movie and The Joker is what drives Harley Quinn. Like most movies, they cut The Joker and his henchmen for pacing of the film.
In Suicide Squad The Joker deleted scenes show an extreme dark side of Harley Quinn’s boyfriend that manipulated her into loving him. After the Superman vs Batman fiasco, Warner Bros. revamped the movie to give it more of a Marvel style film that has darkness and humor so they don’t end up with another DC bomb. After the re-shoots, edits and cuts, Jared Leto’s Joke paid the price and was cut out of the movie. His scenes got chopped down to 15-minutes of onscreen time. In Sucide Squad, fans may be thirsting for more of the unpleasantness that the Joker brings. Unfortunately you won’t be seeing it in the first installment. The first cut has way more Joker and his nasty ways, but the final got just shows a glimpse.
When Jared Leto was asked by Telestar (via Heroic Hollywood) if any of his scenes got cut from the film, he responded:
“Oh, there are a lot of [deleted] scenes, yeah, there are a lot of scenes that didn’t make it to the final film. And hopefully they’ll see the light of day … who knows?”
Leto seems a little sad about the cut scenes, so there very well may be a better version of the film left on the cutting room floor.
“It feels good to be bad…Assemble a team of the world’s most dangerous, incarcerated Super Villains, provide them with the most powerful arsenal at the government’s disposal, and send them off on a mission to defeat an enigmatic, insuperable entity. U.S. intelligence officer Amanda Waller has determined only a secretly convened group of disparate, despicable individuals with next to nothing to lose will do. However, once they realize they weren’t picked to succeed but chosen for their patent culpability when they inevitably fail, will the Suicide Squad resolve to die trying, or decide it’s every man for himself?”
On the flip side of things, director, David Ayer spoke with Collider he did reveal that The Joker’s cut scenes will make the cut on the Blu-Ray version. We hope that The Joker will see the light of day like Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice 3hr 3min version vs the 2hr 33 min theatrical version. The additional 30 minutes really adds to the movie.
As for the Suicide Squad directors cut will hopefully be done the same way, but Ayer only responded “maybe” when asked if they featured the Joker and Harley Quinn.
Here’s what else he had to say:
“We have a chunk [of deleted scenes], there’s definitely over 10 minutes of material on there. But this cut of the movie is my cut, there’s no sort of parallel universe version of the movie, the released movie is my cut. And that’s one of the toughest things about writing, shooting, and directing a film, is you end up with these orphans and you fucking love them and you think they’d be amazing scenes and do these amazing things but the film is a dictatorship (laughs), not a democracy, and just because something’s cool and charismatic doesn’t mean it gets to survive in the final cut. The flow of the movie is the highest master.”
Here is what one person who saw the original cut, that has been chopped and screwed into the final cut after test audiences weighed in saying what did and didn’t work for them. Now many of the original attendees are hoping that the fight scene between The Joker and the Suicide Squad makes the final cut.
Apparently, during his fight with the Suicide Squad, the Joker slapped Harley Quinn and may have even tried to kill her, which those in attendance claim went over poorly with test audiences. The film is pretty dirty and unpleasant as is — again, in a good way, mostly — so it wouldn’t have been surprising if Ayer and Leto’s Joker initially went that far.
Here is what is being said on Reddit:
“I haven’t seen the final cut of the film yet so I’m trying my best to reserve judgement, but from what I’ve been hearing I really wish they had kept at least some of this in. The fact that they felt the need to film two completely different subplots for these two kind of makes me feel like they had no idea what direction to go in terms of handling their relationship. I get that outright showing an abusive relationship is going to make some people uncomfortable, but their relationship IS abusive and I’m afraid cutting all of that out really watered down the Joker as a character…”
“…Like I’m a huge fan of them showing that he actually does care about Harley because I feel that’s one of the most 3 dimensional things about his character, but you can’t just completely pretend like the abuse doesn’t exist because that’s also not an accurate portrayal of the relationship. The scene where she points the gun at him followed by him slapping her probably should have stayed, it shows how ruthless they both are. I also wouldn’t mind seeing her throw hands at him during the helicopter scene, I wish they had worked that in to the final version without all the plot holes. It shows how turbulent their relationship really is, despite the fact that they love each other…”
“…Plus tbh I would have loved to see the scene where he fights the squad.”
We are sorry to say, it didn’t make the cut. The movie still works, but the scene everyone is talking about might have been that scene Ayer’s should have left in. Hopefully he can redeem himself on the Blu-Ray/DVD version in a few months.
Suicide Squad opens in theaters August 5th.