In any ensemble movie, superhero or otherwise, it's always tricky to find a somewhat equal amount of screen time for each character. In the first Avengers movie, fans complained that Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) didn't have much to do, which was later rectified in the 2015 sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron. Warner Bros. and DC faced a similar issue with last weekend's Suicide Squad, which set box office records but was trashed by critics. Of all the Task Force X members, Adam Beach's Slipknot seemed to get slighted in several different areas, but today we have some background on this character, which involves Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman. There will be SPOILERS for Suicide Squad, so if you haven't seen the movie yet, read on at your own risk.
Towards the beginning of the movie, there are a number of scenes that shed some light on the members of Task Force X before they are rounded up by Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) and A.R.G.U.S. We learn that Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney) was attempting to rob a bank before he was stopped by The Flash (Ezra Miller), while Ben Affleck's Batman appears in a flashback scene with Deadshot (Will Smith). We also get plenty of background on Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn and Cara Delevingne's Enchantress, but we only meet Slipknot just before Task Force X goes on their first mission, and he is killed off shortly thereafter. Empire's Nick De Semlyen revealed the following excerpt from his set visit coverage on Twitter, revealing what Adam Beach said to the press about how A.R.G.U.S. brought Slipknot in.
"David asked me, 'So they kidnapped and caught you - what were you doing?' I said, 'Man, I was strangling Wonder Woman.' What else was I doing? He started laughing."
It isn't known if this scene was ever in earlier drafts of the script, or if it was even filmed. It seems unlikely, though, since Gal Gadot was never rumored to be a part of the Suicide Squad production. However, over the weekend, a rumored list of scenes cut from Suicide Squad included one where Slipknot is referred to as a "serial rapist," which was likely done to show him as an "unsympathetic character" to the audience before his sudden death during Task Force X's first mission.
Last week, just days before Suicide Squad's release, Jared Leto revealed in an interview that there were several scenes with The Joker that were cut from the movie, which he hopes sees the light of day at some point. It's certainly possible that they could be included in the deleted scenes when Suicide Squad arrives on Blu-ray and DVD later this year. Even if this Wonder Woman scene isn't included, it's possible that there's more with Slipknot before his rather quick death. Take a look at Nick De Semlyen's tweet below, and stay tuned for more on Suicide Squad.