When Suicide Squad was released back in 2016, the success DCEU and Warner Bros. had hoped for didn’t come. After a trailer that had some really positive reactions, the film in itself failed to achieve the desired fame.
Many cited issues with how the movie was plotted as well as its tone. And although Ayer was initially assumed to be taking credit for it, over the years however, he has opened up about the amount of changes the Warner Bros. made in the movie.
Back in July, before the hype for DC FanDome began, Suicide Squad director David Ayer released a photo of his script from the movie. A script which appeared to be a piece of dialogue between the Squad and Joker.
In his Instagram story, Ayer shared both a photo of Leto’s Joker as well as the photo of the script page where he is faced with a confrontation with the squad. Apparently his beloved Harley stands up to him and Joker flees the scene. When asked by a fan on Twitter if he had filmed any of it, Ayer replied with a “Yes I did. Shot and edited. Of course you were not permitted to see it my friend.”
Many fans were disappointed with how the character of Joker was sidelined, especially after the Joker trailer that was released for the movie. The complaint was very simple, the Joker in the trailer of the movie was much more menacing and effective than he was in the whole movie itself.
After the release of the movie, Jared Leto who played the character of Joker in Ayer’s Suicide Squad, was frequently derided. Especially when compared to the previous Jokers that have graced the silver screen. Contradicting that, Ayer has gone on to say that Leto’s Joker was unfairly treated in the movie and actually had quite an important role in the original planning.
Presently, there is by all accounts, a Snyder Cut-esque mission developing. Fans are approaching Warner Bros. to deliver Ayer’s Suicide Squad similar to what they did with Zack Snyder’s Justice League. Anyone up for a #ReleaseTheAyerCut ? We might just end up getting it.
Ayer had also shared previously how initially Joker and Enchantress, played by Cara Delevingne, were supposed to have an alliance. The script page he shared on his Instagram story, seemed to be from a scene when he asks the squad to cooperate with the villainess.
Although we do not know how much of a positive change this and the rest the Joker-centric scenes could have bought to the movie. It is safe to say that a more aggressive and present Joker could have only been better than what we got.
Maybe if the movement takes up more ground, the Warner Bros. will actually end up releasing the Ayer cut of Suicide Squad. And then the audience will finally get to see the intended arc for the character of Joker.
For now, everyone is waiting for Suicide Squad 2 directed by James Gunn, which is as of now supposed to be released in August of 2021.