‘Suicide Squad’s Jared Leto Discusses Deleted Joker Scenes; Wishes Film Was Rated R

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Suicide Squad has finally opened in theaters and launched the third chapter of the DC Extended Universe as we see several DC villains come to life on the big screen, some for the first time while other characters are getting new portrayals, including Jared Leto who is now taking on the role of The Joker. But just like with a lot of other films, both in this genre and others, things that an actor may have filmed can get cut from the theatrical version for various reasons.

Edith Bowman of BBC spoke with Leto in an extended interview about taking on the role of one of the famous villains and characters of the DC Universe. Throughout the interview, Leto talks about the fact that he had shot a lot of footage for Joker in Suicide Squad where some of it got cut. Apparently there were so much footage that he filmed that it could have possibly been enough to roll out as a solo Joker film.

“I think that I brought so much to the table in every scene that 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. If I were to die tomorrow, maybe the studio would roll something out.”

Despite the story of the film, the visuals and some of these characters, Suicide Squad wasn’t given an R-rating as it was instead rated PG-13, which Leto also spoke about as he had preferred that the film be rated R.

“I always wished this film was Rated R, and I had actually said that when we were starting that if a film was ever going to be rated R it should be the one about the villains.”

“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?”

David Ayer’s Suicide Squad, starring Margot Robbie, Will Smith, Jared Leto, Ben Affleck, Cara Delevingne, Common, Viola Davis, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Scott Eastwood, Jai Courtney, Karen Fukuhara, Jay Hernandez and Shailyn Pierre-Dixon, is now out in theaters.

Source: Edith Bowman’s Interview (via Comicbook.com)

Andy Behbakht

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  • rogbngp

    This is astonishing to me that there is that much Joker footage. Even if it is somewhat Leto is exaggerating a bit it is evidently a lot. This again reeks of studio panic in reaction to the critical reception to BvS.

  • xxjinzaxx

    I hope the blue ray comes with an extended cut. I have a special spot in my library reserved for this movie. Extended, theatrical. Bring it.

  • jollybrah

    I doubt there was that much footage of Joker, it was probably just a bunch of alternate scenes.

    • rogbngp

      Leto: “I think there’s probably enough footage in this film for a Joker movie.” Sounds like more than just alternate takes to me! You’ve got for this film an Academy Award winning actor who has thrown himself headlong into the part, investing months of immersion and method acting to get into the character… and a ton of footage is shot… and you don’t use it? From what little we saw, Leto’s rendition is mesmerizing. This again smells of the studio reacting in a panic to the negative critical reception to BvS as “too dark” (i.e., in execs’ heads BvS is dark and critics didn’t like it + it fell short of $1B = critics and GA don’t want superhero films to be dark).I think Leto stating that he would have preferred SS to be R rated is a hint that we didn’t see more of him in the film because to do so would have tipped the film in R rating territory.

    • rogbngp

      To back up what I just said about more Joker scenes moving the film to an R rating, the rumor now is that the scene in which Joker tortures Harley with ECT has her digging it and wanting more pain (which she is finding pleasurable). Yes, it’s a rumor of a leaked script, but it certainly sounds plausible. If it is accurate, there is no way that this film escapes an R rating with such a scene in it. No way on earth. The more dark and twisted Leto went with this Joker, the more impossible it becomes to keep the film PG-13. Dollars to donuts that if Ayer used the Joker footage that went deep into the character he knew it would clearly be an R film. So that’s what he probably originally intended, I would imagine.

  • rogbngp

    Some complain that the Joker is presented strictly as Harley’s boyfriend (lol) and that is a fair criticism. But it seems obvious now that there was a much greater vision for the Joker that we didn’t get to see. Instead of the butthurt “shut down RT” petition, I’d actually like to see a petition aimed at WB to stop interfering out of panic with your directors’ cuts of the films!