Last year, Suicide Squad premiered to mixed reception between critics and fans. That seems to be a common thing these days with DC films: critics pan it, but fans generally like it. And just like the supervillain movie’s reception, the appraisal of Leto’s portrayal of Joker (along opinions of his screen time) was varied. Did he do well enough as Health Ledger’s successor? Did he show up on screen enough, or too much?
Half a year since the film’s release, Director David Ayer took to Twitter to share his reflections on Suicide Squad. He also addressed the rumors that a special “Joker cut” was hidden somewhere, waiting to see the light of day.
“Making a movie is a journey,” Ayer shared, “not a straight line. I learned so much… And I know Squad has its flaws. Hell, the world knows it. Nothing hurts more than to pick up a newspaper and see a couple years of your blood, sweat, and tears ripped to shreds.”
Ayer goes on to talk about how, despite the “hate game” that peppered Suicide Squad during its run, it was commercially successful. In some ways, that was the success he wanted; Ayer has repeatedly said this was a movie for the fans, a joyride tipping its hat for DC enthusiasts. And he does go on to admit the few things he’d have done differently. He’d have put Joker more in the spotlight as a main villain, and built a more “grounded story”.
Finally, Ayer talks about the Joker cut: “No, there isn’t a secret edit of the film with a bunch of Joker scenes hidden in a salt mine somewhere.”
— David Ayer (@DavidAyerMovies) January 21, 2017
Ayer will have a second shot at a DC movie to make up for his mistakes, while keeping all the good of Suicide Squad. David Ayer and star Margot Robbie – whose take on Harley Quinn has earned her a Critics’ Choice Award – will reunite for Gotham City Sirens. The new DC Universe film will refocus on Harley Quinn, along with Batman’s most famous female rogues, Catwoman and Poison Ivy.
Robbie’s performance, along with Will Smith’s Deadshot portrayal, remains a highlight of the film even to the film’s critics. So a follow up to Suicide Squad with her, front and center, will be highly anticipated. Whether Jared Leto returns as Joker is yet to be confirmed.