One of the most dissapointing things about Suicide Squad (and sadly, there are a lot of them) was the egregious lack of Jared Leto's take on the Joker. If he hadn't played such a big part in the film's marketing campaign, then we might have forgiven his 10-15 minutes of screen time, but Leto got top billing and prominent placement in all the trailers and posters, second only to Will Smith's Deadshot. To add insult to injury, there were stories of Leto's intense method acting where he sent dead animals and used condoms to his fellow co-stars. To put it simply, the hype for his Joker was much more exciting than the one we got onscreen. Even director David Ayer wished there had been more Joker.
Suicide Squad was another casualty of the DCEU, suffering from the one thing that turns a director's singular vision into a hot mess: Studio tampering. Early reactions to Ayer's original movie were actually very positive, but intereference from Warner Brothers turned it into the critical flop that it would become, a mish mosh of uninspired storytelling and strange plot holes thanks to vital content that was simply left on the cutting room floor.
Now, Ayer is finally explaining one of the scenes that didn't make it into the film, which would have served two purposes: 1) Explain what the Joker did after his helicopter crashed following the rescue of Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) and 2) Offer some character development to Harley Quinn's (Margot Robbie) character.
In a Twitter post, the Bright director explained that Joker survives the crash and goes on to strike a deal with Echantress (Cara Delevingne), which would allow him to take Harley back to Gotham where they'd rule the city. Since Echantress wanted to end the entire world, it's a mystery how Gotham would be spared. Anyway, Joker comes to collect Harley, but she won't betray her new friends and the Squad actually fights Joker who flees and rescues his love from Belle Reve at the end of the movie. Another question you might ask yourself is why he wants to rescue her at all if she opposed him and supported the other Squad members attacking him.
Had Warner Brothers not cut out a ton of stuff, we'd have gotten some really cool sequences. The first would be Joker negotiating with Echantress; this could have been the DC's "Dormammu, I've come to bargain moment." The second would be Harley turning on her "Puddin'" and the entire Squad fighting Joker before they head over to stop Echantress. Why would you ever want to leave this stuff on the cutting room floor?!
Let's hope that Suicide Squad 2 doesn't fall into the same pitfalls of the first one under writer-director Gavin O’Connor (The Accountant).