Suicide Squad has once again sharply illustrated the audience/critic divide. And while Jared Leto’s Joker performance is one of the many things that people are split on, there’s one thing everyone seems to agree on: and that’s the question of why Mr. J was included in the first place.
His controversial appearance aside, Jared Leto’s actual Joker performance is fine, and perfectly in keeping with any number of the character’s interpretations over the years. He was also stuck with the unenviable task of following Heath Ledger’s incredible performance, and the comparisons are unavoidable. But the problem seems less to be with Jared Leto’s Joker, and more to do with how little time is actually spent with him, and how little he impacts the actual Suicide Squad story.
And when you consider what a massive piece of the marketing campaign for the movie that Joker has been, then questions about additional scenes are inevitable. “There are a lot of scenes that didn’t make it to the final film,” Mr. Leto told TeleStar (via Batman News). “Hopefully they will see the light of day. Who knows.”
IGN took the opportunity to ask about the specifics of those missing Joker scenes, and Mr. Leto’s response seemed to display a degree of impatience. “Were there any that didn’t get cut?” he said to IGN. “I’m asking you, were there any that didn’t get cut? There were so many scenes that got cut from the movie, I couldn’t even start. I think that the Joker… we did a lot of experimentation on the set, we explored a lot. There’s so much that we shot that’s not in the film.”
“If I die anytime soon, it’s probably likely that it’ll surface somewhere,” he puzzlingly added. “That’s the good news about the death of an actor is all that stuff seems to come out.”
Ummmm…anyway, Suicide Squad is now in theaters and it’s inevitable that The Joker will return for, at the very least, the solo Batman movie starring Ben Affleck. Meanwhile, we’re bound to see at least some of this stuff on the Suicide Squad Blu-ray. Maybe.