‘Suicide Squad’ Director Says Jared Leto’s Joker Was Supposed to Be “Rich and Dimensional”

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#ReleasetheAyerCut could still be a thing, particularly if director David Ayer keeps dropping enticing little tidbits like this for fans.

Following the announcement that the long asked-for Zack Snyder cut of Justice League would actually be released, eyes turned to Suicide Squad and the cut that Ayer had intended. “My cut would be easy to complete,” the filmmaker responded to tweets last week. “It would be incredibly cathartic for me. It’s exhausting getting your ass kicked for a film that got the Edward Scissorhands treatment.”

Ayer has now offered a bit more on his cut, reiterating that his cut was shredded up and sharing that his treatment of the Joker – played by Oscar winner Jared Leto in the film – was supposed to be far different from the version that we ended up with on screen.

Responding to a criticism, Ayer tweeted that he had written “a perfectly coherent script. And Joker was rich and dimensional.” He added: “You have been lied to. It’s okay to be angry.”

Leto, for one, was reportedly very unhappy with what ended up just being around 10 minutes of screen time – when he signed up for a major role. Not only a major role, but one that sounds quite different to what was cut up by Warner Bros. Depending on what you want to believe, one big report even stated that Leto was so mad at the situation that he wanted to shut down Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker movie when it was announced.

A further tease of what could have been (could still be?) came from another Ayer tweet. The refreshingly frank director responded to a question about two different takes of what appeared to be the same moment featuring Leto’s Joker. As it turns out, there was supposed to be a Christopher Nolan influence on display here – and perhaps a beginning that was different from that music video compilation montage that eventuated.

“My first act was a normally constructed film,” Ayer said. “There were real scenes with incredible acting between Jared and Margot. Joker was terrifying. Harley was complex.”

If you’re really keen to see what Ayer intended, the Snyder cut showed that fan pressure can get the job done. #ReleasetheAyerCut.

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