Over the past few days, we've heard plenty about the different cuts that were supposedly being developed simultaneously for David Ayer's "Suicide Squad," with the director's darker version eventually being trumped by the studio's lighter take. As it turns out, the friendlier approach didn't help the film much as it was decimated by most critics, leaving it with a very low score of 26% (4.8/10) on Rotten Tomatoes.
Was David Ayer's cut better than what we ended up getting in theaters? Perhaps we'll never know, but we do know that there was certainly a lot of material that was left out of the theatrical cut of the film, as we can clearly see from the trailers and behind the scenes photos that have been around for months. Today, thanks to Comic Book Movie, we have a list of unconfirmed deleted scenes that includes many parts of the trailers that didn't make the final cut, including a number of scenes that featured Jared Leto's Joker.
Take a look at the rather extensive list:
In early cuts, the movie's opening detailed June Moone's posession by Enchantress in real time. Reshoots reshuffled the scene to be later in the movie in flashback form in favor of a new opening centered on Deadshot.
Deadshot in the prison cell, watching the rain fall and thinking about his daughter.
El Diablo observing the flame of a lit match, before putting it out due to his vow to no longer use his powers.
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.
Early interviews mentioned Captain Boomerang's racism and sexism, but the movie is light on examples of such behavior, which have apparently been deleted. Most of them were reportedly directed at Katana, to whom Boomerang is attracted to.
Early reports indicated more backstory for Killer Croc, revealing that he lived his entire life as a social outcast due to his physical deformities 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.
Also deleted was a scene where he (Croc) 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.
Early cuts reportedly included a passing reference to Slipknot being serial rapist, likely to further paint him as unsympathetic to the audience ahead of his own death.
More scenes of Rick Flag and June Moone's romantic relationship, including him reading the files of the Suicide Squad recruits after Waller delivers them to him.
Another scene where Flag and Moone are out on a date.
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.
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.
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.
Extended Ace Chemicals scene where Harley jumps into the chemicals. More bits of dialogue by the Joker.
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.
Harley using her baseball bat as a mock gun to play shoot at invisible foes.
Extended scene of Joker breaking into the nanobomb manufacture facility to arrange for Harley's neck-bomb to be disabled.
More interactions between Harley and Boomerang. Early cuts apparently included her really disliking him despite growing affectionate to all other members of the squad.
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 almost pulling the mission off.
Removed several scenes with the Joker to repaint his relationship with Harley as more loving rather than abusive.
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.
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 Suicide 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.
This is in addition to supposed additional scenes like more interaction with Rick Flag and Deadshot, another where Deadshot fights The Enchantress, and more with Captain Boomerange that includes a small story arc with Harley Quinn. All in all, it looks like we have another "Batman v Superman" situation on our hands in which a large chunk of the film was removed in an effort to come up with a suitable version for theaters.
While I was one of those that had to give a somewhat scathing review of the film, I also have to say that I'd very much be willing to watch a director's cut (or some kind of ultimate cut a la "Dawn of Justice") to see the plethora of deleted material that had to get left out. Jared Leto has already voiced his disappointment that a large chunk of his scenes were cut out, and his character is very much left affected by their removal, so perhaps their inclusion would help round out the Joker, in addition to helping a number of the film's other problems.
It's unknown at this point as to whether or not we'll be seeing any kind of extended cut when the film hits Blu-ray in a few months, but as I said, it would certainly be welcome, for even though the theatrical cut didn't quite work out, there were certainly enough elements there to show that a film like this could work given the right handling of the material.
What did you all think of "Suicide Squad?" Do you think there's hope that an extended cut would help the film? Let us know in the comments below, and in case you haven't done so, you can check out my review here!
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