Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Suicide Squad Director David Ayer Regrets Not Having The Joker as the Films Main Villain

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Even though the 2016 David Ayer directed film, Suicide Squad, was a huge success as the box office, it became the 2nd critical disappoint for DC films in less than six months. 

The trailers and previews for Suicide Squad often portrayed many of the Joker's scenes as main focal points of the film, when in reality, he appeared in less than 15 minutes of the more than two hour movie. After the release, it was made known by Jared Leto himself, that more than 70% of his scenes were cut, with many of the scenes being backstory for himself as well as Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie).

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David Ayer stood by his film stating that he made it clear early in the film's hype, that The Joker would not be the movie's main villain, and that he was only going to be represented in a supporting role.

Ayer has since changed his tone, he tweeted the following in response to a fan's compliment on Twitter.....

"The movie was wildly successful commercially. And the World got introduced to some very cool characters in the DC Universe. And that success is due exactly to the wonder and power of DC, of its characters. Would I do a lot of things different? Yep for sure...."

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David Ayer on the set of "Fury"

"Wish I had a time machine. I'd make the Joker the main villain and engineer a more grounded story. I have to take the good and bad and learn from it. I love making movies and I love DC. I'm a high school dropout and used to paint houses for a living. I'm lucky to have the job I have. I have to give the characters the stories and plots they deserve next time. Real talk (and no, there isn't a secret edit of the film with a bunch of Joker scenes hidden in a salt mine somewhere)."

Ayer is still on board to direct Gotham City Sirens, which will follow Harley Quinn, among other female characters.

Hopefully Ayer will learn from his mistakes....admitting them is a start. -EE

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