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

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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