Following the release of David Ayer’s Suicide Squad in 2016, fans and critics alike were unsure how to feel about Jared Leto’s interpretation of the Clown Prince of Crime.
While many enjoyed the damaged relationship he shared with Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn, others remain adamant that he does not live up to the performance of the late Heath Ledger.
One thing that everyone can agree on, however, is that Joker was expected to be in the film more than what was seen of him in the final cut.
Recently, director David Ayer took to Twitter to answer a fan inquiry over a deleted scene teased in trailers that never made its way into the final or extended cut of the film.
After Joker dropped HQ from the help and crashed, Enchantress made a deal with him. He was going to take Harley home and be “King of Gotham” Harley stood up to him and refused to betray her new friends. The Squad turned on him and he escaped. https://t.co/unnOewEYBQ
— David Ayer (@DavidAyerMovies) March 24, 2018
As we know, Joker intercepted Task Force X to retrieve Harley Quinn, leading to a firefight and his helicopter crashing to the ground. According to Ayer, after this happens Joker is met by Enchantress. They negotiate a deal in which he will become “King of Gotham” and take Harley home. Refusing to betray her new teammates, Harley confronts him. This escalates into a fight with the entire Squad, one in which Joker escapes.
This scene sounds like it would have been a great opportunity to see not only more footage of Joker, but growth in Harley’s character as well. Why it was cut remains a mystery, but it sure would have been fun to see on the silver screen.
Source: David Ayer – Twitter
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