One of the most common complaints leveled against Suicide Squad in the lead-up to its release this Friday is that Jared Leto’s Joker isn’t actually in the film very much, Numerous reports have cropped up over the last year detailing Leto’s crazed brand of method acting on and off set, so it’s surprising to hear that his character could be removed entirely from the film and it wouldn’t make much difference.
According to a new report from Heroic Hollywood, Leto told Tele Star in a Spanish language interview that many of his scenes were not used in the final film:
“There are a lot of scenes that didn’t make it to the final film, hopefully they will see the light of day. Who knows…”
While it seems like a strange move for Warner Bros to cut out so much of Leto’s work when he’s been featured so prominently in Suicide Squad’s advertising campaign, this news certainly fits in with the narrative forming around the film about a troubled production involving heavy studio interference. This is obviously just conjecture at this point, but I get the feeling that director David Ayer’s original cut contained more Joker scenes, as his cut is rumored to have been darker and grittier than the theatrical cut that was thrown together in the final few months of production.
At this rate, Suicide Squad seems destined to find salvation on home video, as there will certainly be an extended cut released down the road (much like Batman v Superman’s Ultimated Edition) that includes many of these Joker scenes that were left on the cutting room floor.
Then again, with how committed Leto was to this role, it’s possible that he only imagined filming all those extra scenes. Madness is funny like that …
(Source: Screen Rant)