Yesterday, we reported that an angry Reddit user and his brother, who is supposedly a lawyer, have filed a lawsuit against Warner Bros. for "false advertisement" regarding The Joker's (Jared Leto) role in Suicide Squad. The unidentified person was upset that several scenes featuring The Joker in trailers and TV spots weren't featured in the theatrical cut when the movie hit theaters this past weekend. Now, a detailed list of delted scenes from Suicide Squad has surfaced, revealing some very interesting details.
A Reddit user dubbed "Naydawwwg" posted a detailed breakdown of 22 scenes that didn't make it into the theatrical cut. While we don't know exactly how this list was compiled, other reports claim that the list may have been made with access to the shooting screenplay and through reports from early test screenings. While we don't have any confirmation on whether these scenes are authentic or not, take a look at the full list below.
"1) In early cuts, the movie's opening detailed June Moon's posession by Enchantress in real time. Reshoots reshuffled the scene to be later in the movie in flashback form in favour of a new opening centered on Deadshot. 2) Deadshot in the prison cell, watching the rain fall and thinking about his daughter. 3) El Diablo observing the flame of a lit match, before putting it out due to his vow to no longer use his powers. 4) El Diablo being escorted to a training center by being placed in a tube that fills with water to quel his flames, and then unceremoniously dropped onto the ground. 5) Early interviews showed Captain Boomerang's racism and sexism, but the movie is light on examples of such behaviour, which have apparently been deleted. Most of them were reportedly directed at Katana, to whom Boomerang is attracted to. 6) Early reports indicated more backstory for Killer Croc, revealing that he spent his entire life as a social outcast due to his physical appearance and has convinced himself that he is beautiful in his own way. Croc crossed paths with Batman while working as muscle-for-hire for numerous Gotham's crime bosses, while secretly planning to take over one day. There were also scenes displaying his affinity for making sculptures out of discarded materials. Aside from jokes about Croc viewing himself as 'beautiful,' one of these were retained in the final cut. 7) Also deleted was a scene where he becomes sick at the helicopter escort to Midway City, throws up half-digested pieces of goat, and then eats them again, disgusting the nearby Navy Seals. 8) Early cuts reportedly included a passing reference to Slipknot being a serial rapist, likely to further paint him as unsympathetic to the audience ahead of his own death. 9) More scenes of Rick Flag and June Moon's romantic relationship, including him reading the files of the Suicide Squad recruits after Waller delivers them to him. 10) Another scene where Flag and Moon are out on a date. 11) Extended scene of Joker interrogating Captain Griggs, including the line, "I can't wait to show you my toys," which was in every trailer, but was removed from the movie. 12) Joker and his men escaping after shooting up a restaurant. Harley, who is already affiliated with the Joker, follows them on a motorcycle and intercepts their car. Joker bangs his head against the glass in frustration. 13) Joker and Harley then get into a fight, which ends with Harley pointing a gun at Joker's head. Joker sweet-talks Harley into lowering the gun, charming her, then backhands her across the face. Afterwards he sweet-talks her again and they kiss. 14) Extended Ace Chemicals scene where Harley jumps into the chemicals. More bits of dialogue from Joker. 15) Extended Batmobile chase scene with more interaction between Joker and Harley. One of the examples, presented in all the trailers, is the Joker punching the roof of his car. 16) Harley using her baseball bat as a mock gun to play shoot at invisible foes. 17) Extended scene of Joker breaking into the nanobomb manufacture facility to arrange for Harley's neck-bomb to be disabled. 18) More interactions between Harley and Boomerang. Early cuts apparently included her really disliking him despite growing affectionate to all the other members of the squad. 19) Extended bar scene with Harley taking everyone's orders. Deadshot calls for a shot, Katana wants whiskey, Croc and Boomerang settle for beer, Harley asks Diablo wants and he prefers water which she jokes, "is a good idea." The scene was featured in the trailers, but in the movie it cuts directly to Deadshot's speech about them all almost pulling the mission off. 20) Removed several scenes with the Joker to repaint his relationship with Harley as more loving rather than abusive. 21) Joker and Harley get into an argument after he rescues her in the hijacked helicopter. In early cuts he reportedly pushes her out to kill her, then the helicopter gets shot down. This was apparently reworked into the helicopter getting shot down first and Joker pushing her out to save her. 22) Joker returns during the final battle in the subway station, face half-burnt from the helicopter crash, which apparently leads to a brief altercation with the Squad. He calls for Harley to escape with him but she refuses for once in order to help her friends, and the Joker escapes after throwing a live grenade at the group to cover his own escape."
Last week, just before the release of Suicide Squad, Jared Leto teased that several of his Joker scenes were cut from the theatrical cut, and that he hopes these scenes will eventually see the light of day. He also stated in another interview with BBC Radio 1 that his performance in Suicide Squad is his "favorite work he's ever done in a movie," while stating that there were enough of his scenes cut to make an entirely new movie. Here's what he had to say below.
"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."
The actor also teased that he had been pushing director David Ayer for an R rating while production was under way, but the filmmaker and producer Charles Roven had maintained several times that they were always aiming to make a PG-13 movie. During a new interview with Collider, David Ayer, whose previous directorial endeavors had all been R-rated movies, revealed that Suicide Squad was always going to be PG-13. Here's what the filmmaker had to say, admitting he even had to police himself on the set.
"This thing was never intended to be R-rated so the material to do that didn't exist and I found myself being my own sort of traffic cop on set just keeping, you know, 'Alright guys let's keep it family, we're not gonna do that, chill out. Don't say that, no, no. Put the blood away, we're not gonna see it. Say the F-bomb, then do it again without the F-bomb.' It was a bit of an out-of-body experience after the movies I have made in the past, but at the same time we got the rating with no problem and I kind of like it, I liked the challenge of that and it's almost like in the '50s and the '40s the writing was spectacular because you had to talk around things and you had to be smart about how you communicate to people, and I enjoyed that challenge."
The director has also maintained in previous interviews that the theatrical movie is his director's cut, although there will certainly be additional scenes featured on the Blu-ray and DVD. The director has said that his first cut of the movie was two hours and 45 minutes, 35 minutes longer than the theatrical cut. While he didn't mention any of the specific scenes listed above, the filmmaker did shed some light on why some of these scenes were cut.
"That's a lot of s--t, yeah. I think there's a misunderstanding about filmmaking where you can somehow have this crystal ball and understand exactly how everything is going to together and assemble together. A scriptwriter types word on a page, a black and white page, and when you're on set you're dealing with shots and your dealing with dailies, and so you have a seven minute shot and maybe only ten seconds of that shot is gonna end up in the movie. And there's infinite combinations, infinite knock-on effects, and it's this strange alchemy that happens and things that you thought during the writing phase breaking your back trying to explain and needs three pages to explain it, you realize it works with just a look on camera in the assembly. So it's always a moving target as you try and distill and condense down to the best movie, and this thing was a beast, we had over a million and a half feet of footage, with an ensemble movie, seven plus major characters that we have to introduce, a very complex story that is not your normal linear story and your introducing the audience to a whole new world, plus it just has my sort of sickness as a filmmaker in it, my vibe and attitude. So it just took a lot of work to find the movie, the movie was always there and even in the early cuts we knew we had something we knew it was going to work, but to get it there...wow."
As for the Blu-ray, while it likely won't be a "director's cut," he did admit there will be "a chunk of [deleted scenes]" that will appear on the Blu-ray release, which will be "definitely over 10 minutes of material." Whether or not these 10 minutes will include the 22 scenes above remains to be seen, but the movie is just starting its theatrical run, so we won't have more details about the Blu-ray/DVD release for quite some time.