In the time since Suicide Squad has released, director David Ayer has admitted some of his regrets on the film, including the choice in villains.
Leading up to Suicide Squad, Jared Leto’s performance as the Joker was very hyped up, with many assuming he’d be the main villain of the film. But once the final product was in theaters, the Joker actually had a much smaller role than anticipated, really only participating in a subplot with Harley Quinn, while Cara Delevingne’s Enchantress acted as the main antagonist. This is something writer/director David Ayer is now admitting he wish had done differently.
Responding directly to fans on his Twitter, Ayer commented both on how he feels about the final product of the film as well as the choice in antagonist.
It sounds like he’s still proud of what he did right, but has some regrets in retrospect. But he’s as aware of the film’s faults as anyone else is.
Jared Leto had made comments about several Joker scenes ending up on the cutting room floor, but Ayer makes it sounds like there isn’t a version with much more of the Joker’s story. The cut scenes, he says, were mostly purely visual and intended for the film’s rapid-cut montages.
Reports have said the studio hired a trailer editing company to recut the film after poor test screenings, and the version that ended up in theaters was a mix of their cut and Ayer’s. Ayer said around the time of release that the theatrical cut is essentially his “director’s cut”, and it sounds like he would stand by that still. David Ayer was previously announced to direct ‘Gotham City Sirens‘, a Suicide Squad spin-off that would feature Harley Quinn, Catwoman, and Poison Ivy, but the future of that project has since been in doubt with little news since its announcement.
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