Leto Says His Joker Was Influenced By Bowie; Cut Scenes Will Probably Surface When He Dies

Warning: Contains light spoilers about The Joker from Suicide Squad

One of the resounding complaints among fans and critics alike surrounding Suicide Squad was the lack of one of the most marketed characters, The Joker. Due to the huge amount of marketing and promotion dedicated to the character, most fans assumed that Jared Leto’s take on the clown prince of crime would have been one of the key plot elements of the movie. I won’t get into what his scenes actually involved, considering a lot of you may have not seen the movie yet, but one thing that is for sure is that the character is not in it nearly as much as most had expected.

The Joker was mainly used throughout the film to accent Harley Quinn’s story-arc, and at one point (again, avoiding spoilers as best as possible), The Joker is gone for a long stretch after something happens that made Harley assume Mr. J might actually be dead. Of course The Joker was not actually dead, but the time between the event that occurred and his next appearance were not talked about and nothing was mentioned one way or another about where he may have been.

While talking to IGN, Leto was asked what his character might have been doing during that ‘in-between time’. According to Leto, he wasn’t actually too sure either.

“That’s a good question. I have no idea. I think he probably went and had a drink or something. Stretched – once you get blown up in a helicopter your muscles get a little tight.”

Leto expanded on his answer by talking more in depth about the cut scenes, and gave us an idea how we may get to see them someday.

“Were there any that didn’t get cut? I’m asking you, were there any that didn’t get cut? There were so many scenes that got cut from the movie, I couldn’t even start. I think that the Joker… we did a lot of experimentation on the set, we explored a lot. There’s so much that we shot that’s not in the film. If I die anytime soon, it’s probably likely that it’ll surface somewhere. That’s the good news about the death of an actor is all that stuff seems to come out.”

It looks as if the only way we may get to see the full Joker performance is if Leto somehow kicks the bucket. As much as we would love to see the cut scenes, I don’t think I’d actually want to see that happen (at least until we get to see him in a Batman movie opposite Ben Affleck!). If seeing the cut scenes means we need to reboot The Joker once again, I can hold off. For now, at least.

In addition to Leto talking openly about his cut scenes, he also did a video interview with the YouTube channel NME where he said flat out that his version of the character was inspired by musician David Bowie and ‘sexual’ new music. Check out the video, below:

It feels good to be bad… Assemble a team of the world’s most dangerous, incarcerated Super Villains, provide them with the most powerful arsenal at the government’s disposal, and send them off on a mission to defeat an enigmatic, insuperable entity.  U.S. intelligence officer Amanda Waller has determined only a secretly convened group of disparate, despicable individuals with next to nothing to lose will do.  However, once they realize they weren’t picked to succeed but chosen for their patent culpability when they inevitably fail, will the Suicide Squad resolve to die trying, or decide it’s every man for himself? 

Written and directed by David Ayer based on the characters from DC Comics, the film stars Will Smith (“Ali”), Jared Leto (“Dallas Buyers Club”), Margot Robbie (“The Wolf of Wall Street”), Joel Kinnaman (“RoboCop”) and Viola Davis (“The Help”). The cast also includes Jai Courtney (“Insurgent”), Jay Hernandez (“Takers”), Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (“Thor: The Dark World”), Ike Barinholtz (“Neighbors”), Scott Eastwood (“Fury”), Cara Delevingne (“Paper Towns”), Adam Beach (“Cowboys & Aliens”), and Karen Fukuhara in her feature film debut. It is produced by Charles Roven and Richard Suckle, with Zack Snyder, Deborah Snyder, Colin Wilson and Geoff Johns serving as executive producers.

Don’t miss Suicide Squad, now playing in theaters everywhere!

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Josh Behr

Josh Behr

Jack of some trades, master of some others. That saying never really made a lot of sense to me.