More than a year before the theatrical release of Suicide Squad, the film was already making news. Shortly before the film's first 2015 SDCC trailer, fellow cast explained that Jared Leto gave insane gifts on set. In short, Leto was going method with his take on The Joker, and it sounded awesome. More and more news kept pouring in about Leto's portrayal of The Joker, causing publications to assume that his character was important. But upon the film's release, it was clear The Joker's role had diminished. Now moviegoers are left asking why.
How can so much news come out for such a small character? Well, it turns out that The Joker wasn't that small. He instead might have been larger than the story could handle. So large in fact that theories suggest another DC feature. That is, if the cast can be believed.
Jared Leto Talks Cut Joker Footage
Jared Leto allowed some facts to slip to BBC Radio 1, where he explains that his Joker has tons of footage in the can.
I think that I brought so much to the table in every scene, 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.
The actor went on to explain that a lot of his performance was in hopes of a Rated-R Suicide Squad. He simplifies his thoughts on the rating by saying a film with villains should be rated R. Makes perfect sense. Leto can only hope the footage leads to another film or, what we can only assume to be an R-Rated Director's Cut. Sounding a whole lot like Batman v Superman? Yeah, it does.
Margot Robbie Gives Her Take on Cut Joker Scenes
Harley Quinn herself, Margot Robbie, added a bit more during an interview with Tipsy Talk. Considering that a bunch of the Joker footage contains her as well, she'd have some knowledge on this topic.
According to Robbie, the Joker/Harley storyline was just too big for an ensemble movie. The footage supposedly was mostly flashbacks that would have drawn away from the story taking place in the present.
And the [Harley and Joker] backstory stuff, though it’s magic and some of the stuff we shot was insane, they are flashbacks … so there’s a lot, but it just didn’t make sense to confuse the present storyline to incorporate all that.
When asked about whether the footage was enough to kick off a Joker/Harley spin-off film, she admitted that she is not ruling the option out. And why not? Though DC is still struggling to find their er, tempo, they are still sitting on box office gold. So far, at least. Maybe trimming down a storyline with only a few characters instead of a "league" is exactly what DC and Warner Bros need right now.