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Suicide Squad Director Regrets Not Making Joker The Main Villain

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Suicide Squad director David Ayer has confirmed that he regrets not making the Joker the main villain of the movie. The third film in DC's Extended Universe hit theaters in August of 2016, pulling in an impressive $745 million despite the largely negative critical consensus. It's considered by many to be the weakest DCEU film to date, and it's perhaps the best example of the litany of problems that plague the shared movie universe. Among the film's major criticisms were its forgettable big bad (Cara Delevingne's Enchantress) and choppy editing, both of which may have been the result of the sweeping changes that were made to the film during post-production. (Sound familiar?)

The big controversy for DC fans, however, was the seemingly reduced role for Jared Leto's Joker. The trailers leading up to Suicide Squad heavily suggested that he would be a major presence in the film, but when the movie finally hit theaters, it became clear that the character's role had been cut down significantly in the editing room. Leto himself would later confirm that quite a few of the scenes he filmed didn't make the final cut -- something that director David Ayer seemingly refuted on his Twitter account earlier today.

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Replying to a fan question about a behind-the-scenes image of Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn, Ayer eventually stated that "there’s maybe a few minutes shot with Jared. There are not endless Joker scenes under guard somewhere. Sorry.A few hours later, the director got even more candid with his Twitter followers.

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