Suicide Squad has kicked off a lot of debate since it opened this past weekend: despite the fact that it saw a precipitious decline from Friday to Saturday, it still managed to amass an $135 million opening weekend, breaking records in the process.
But there are the negative reviews to consider, some of which call attention to the film’s issues with pacing and tone – the result, rumors say, of almost-obsessive studio tinkering. The purported list of scenes that were either removed or altered for the theatrical cut is quite extensive, and it seems to focus heavily on the Joker’s (Jared Leto) material (which may account for his roughly 10-minute showing in the finished film).
Sitting down to talk with BBC Radio 1 for the British swing of the Suicide Squad press tour (via Batman News), Leto opens up about all the scenes that he says he poured his heart and soul into – they’re his "favorite work he’s ever done in a movie," and he claims there’s enough there for an entire Joker film to be constructed:
"I think that I brought so much to the table in every scene that it was probably more about filtering all of the insanity, because I wanted to give a lot of options, and I think there’s probably enough footage in this film for a Joker movie."
What’s more, the man behind the newest Clown Prince of Crime revealed he had pushed director David Ayer for an R rating during production, saying that “it felt like, if a film was ever going to be rated R, it should be the one about the villains.”
This is sure to increase desire among fans to get their hands on an “ultimate cut” of the movie, just as Batman V Superman received earlier this year, showcasing all of the additional footage Leto generated – especially if most of that material depicts a different relationship between Mr. J and Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), one that is decidedly more savage and abusive in nature, as the rumor mill has been churning out over the weekend. This would not only allow Leto’s hard work to bear more fruit, it would also reveal Ayer’s original intention behind his DC Extended Universe installment.
Unfortunately, it appears that such a director’s cut isn’t meant to be – for the time being, at least – and this will doubtlessly only fan the flames of debate surrounding the film. Would the movie have benefited from more of the Joker, even though Leto’s performance itself has been the source of controversy? Would an R rating have resulted in a superior finished product, or would it have doubled down on the film’s perceived flaws?
You can listen to the entire Jared Leto interview below:
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: BBC Radio (via: Batman News)