Suicide Squad director David Ayer wishes The Joker had a bigger role

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Mar 26, 2021, 10:00 PM EDT (Updated)

Suicide Squad, last year's DC Extended Universe film that attempted to deliver a big-screen version of the classic supervillain team-up, is kind of a mess. It can be entertaining, but it can also be quite sloppy, which may be due to the reported re-editing that was done. It's one of those frustrating films that actually might have been better with fewer hands on it.

One of the ways you can tell how much Suicide Squad evolved over its production is the way the trailers often portray the film. One of the key apparent differences: Those trailers feature Jared Leto's Joker very heavily, and looking back at them it wouldn't be hard to assume that he was actually meant to be the film's key villain. The main villain actually turned out to be Cara Delevingne's Enchantress, but in those early trailers Joker stole the show.

Squad director David Ayer, who's never been shy about sharing his filmmaking process, took to Twitter recently to address this very issue. On the one hand, he refutes the notion that there are hours and hours of Joker scenes locked in a vault somewhere because the studio recut the movie. On the other, he also admits that even he wishes Joker had turned out to be the film's Big Bad.

It's not clear if Ayer intended Joker to have a bigger role and just didn't get his wish, or if this is just a hindsight opinion, but Joker looms over the whole film. He doesn't get a lot of screentime, but there's this sense of his constant presence and threat, particularly due to Harley Quinn's fixation on reuniting with him.

At certain points, you wonder why Amanda Waller doesn't send the Squad to capture him, and then he shows up at the end for that whirlwind rescue sequence. He always feels like a bigger presence in the movie than he actually is. Maybe Ayer's next reported DCEU film, Gotham City Sirens, will be able to remedy that.