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‘Suicide Squad’ Director Regrets Not Making Joker The Main Villain

While Suicide Squad was a massive success at the box-office, it’s fair to say that the film caused a massive divide within the already divided DC Extended Universe, largely due to the fact that Jared Leto’s version of The Joker only had a few small scenes in the movie.

Replying to a fan on twitter, Suicide Squad director David Ayer discussed what he loved about Suicide Squad and even mentioned a few things he would do differently, including making Jared Leto’s Joker the main villain.

“Thank you so much, I know it’s a controversial film, I really tried to make something different, with a look and a voice of its own.”

The director then went on to discuss what he hoped to achieve with Suicide Squad and recognized some of the film’s faults. Ayer also discussed his disappointment in reading the reviews before the film was released.

“I took inspiration from the insanity of the original comics. Making a movie is a journey, not a straight line. I learned so much. People want what they want, and everyone has a personal vision of how each character should look and walk and talk. If you set out to make a mass appeal movie, it’s easy to end up with vanilla. But I went for it. And I know Squad has its flaws, Hell, the World knows it. Nothing hurts more than to pick a newspaper and see a couple years of your blood, sweat and tears ripped to shreds. The hate game is strong out there.”

One of the best parts of Suicide Squad were the characters. While the film had its faults it’s hard to deny that I didn’t enjoy seeing characters like Harley Quinn, Deadshot, Joker, and Boomerang on the big screen together. David Ayer seems to share that thought, claiming that the characters are the reason for the success of his film.

“The movie was wildly successful commercially. And the World got introduced into 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. Wish I had a time machine. I’d make 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 slat mine somewhere.)”

Ayer will return to the DC Universe in the upcoming Gotham City Sirens. The film will see the return of Harley Quinn as she teams up with Poison Ivy and Catwoman. There is no official release date set.

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