Warner Bros’ multi-villain team up adventure Suicide Squad has been one of the most divisive movies of the year, with praise coming from some quarters and utter derision from others. The film’s visual style and Margot Robbie’s endearingly crazy performance as Harley Quinn seem to have attracted the most acclaim, but the script, story and character development have come in for some heavy criticism in a plethora of lukewarm and negative reviews. Furthermore, fans were disappointed that despite relying heavily on Jared Leto’s Joker for marketing (perhaps unsurprising given the character’s fame), the character not only had comparatively little screen-time, but also had minimal impact on the plot itself.
In the wake of the poor critical reception, reports began to emerge suggesting that studio interference and re-edits were to blame for the disjointed pacing and confused character motivations, and there have also been rumors that much of the unused material featured Leto’s Joker, accounting for his lack of time on screen. Suicide Squad‘s writer and director, David Ayer, has since spoken out about these reports, and asserts that the cut we saw in cinemas was entirely his.
Now, however, the cast of Suicide Squad are beginning to speak a little more freely about some of the scenes that ended up on the cutting room floor. Talking to MTV, the movie’s impressive cast of stars talk about some of their favorite moments that didn’t end up in the finished cut.
In addition to Will Smith joking about a romantic subplot between his Deadshot and Joel Kinnaman’s special forces officer Rick Flag, and a tidbit from Jai Courtney about being laid out by Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje) in a scene that sounds a little too close to the Thor and Hulk exchange in the first Avengers outing, Margot Robbie interestingly claims that her flashback sequence originally featured an extended dance scene in the Joker’s nightclub, although anyone who saw the movie with the parents may be glad that sequence was cut short.
It’s Jared Leto who offers the most substantial insight into the making of Suicide Squad, however, and in addition to claiming that the film’s deleted scenes could fill a DVD in themselves, he also speaks of the cast “experimenting” during filming and having a lot of freedom to try things out with their respective characters, have fun and make mistakes in the process of making the movie. The good news for those who fall into the pro-Suicide Squad camp is that Leto remains hopeful the unused footage will see the light of the day at some point. Should make for a hell of a DVD release.
Suicide Squad is in theaters now. Wonder Woman opens on June 2, 2017; Justice League on November 17, 2017; Aquaman on July 27, 2018; an untitled DC Film on October 5, 2018; Shazam on April 5, 2019; Justice League 2 on June 14, 2019; an untitled DC film on November 1, 2019; Cyborg on April 3, 2020; and Green Lantern Corps on July 24, 2020. The Flash and Batman solo movie are currently without release dates.
Source: MTV International