Suicide Squad is out and it's doing pretty well at the box office and earning some decent reviews from audience members.
It has been no secret that the production had some issues over the last few months, with reports that director David Ayer screened his first version of the film against one constructed by the studio and a company which specialises in making trailers. The final result is said to be a mix of the two, with millions spent on extensive reshoots for certain scenes.
We don't yet know which elements were changed at this time but the rumour suggested it was to add more lightness to the film. Now a list of deleted scenes has started to circulate online which makes for interesting reading as we can get a glimpse at the film that might have been.
This totally unverified info comes from Reddit and there are enough touchstones from trailers and the final version of the film that it sounds like it could have an element of truth. Reading through the biggest change has to do with the nature of the relationship between Harley and Joker, which used to be much more psychologically and even physically abusive.
That's pretty rough material for a PG-13 film so that might have been part of the reasoning but really its Joker in general who suffers the most from these cuts. Maybe Leto's performance was so out there that it distracted from the rest of the talented cast.
Here's a list of the deleted material. Needless to say there are spoilers.
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"In early cuts, the movie's opening detailed June Moon's posession by Enchantress in real time. Reshoots reshuffled the scene to be later in the movie in flashback form in favour of a new opening centered on Deadshot."
"Deadshot in the prison cell, watching the rain fall and thinking about his daughter."
"El Diablo observing the flame of a lit match, before putting it out due to his vow to no longer use his powers."
"El Diablo being escorted to a training center by being placed in a tube that fills with water to quel his flames, and then unceremoniously dropped onto the ground."
"Early interviews showed Captain Boomerang's racism and sexism, but the movie is light on examples of such behaviour, which have apparently been deleted. Most of them were reportedly directed at Katana, to whom Boomerang is attracted to."
"Early reports indicated more backstory for Killer Croc, revealing that he entire life as a social outcast due to his physical appearancr and has convinced himself that he is beautiful in his own way. Croc crossed paths with Batman while working as muscle-for-hire for numerous Gotham's crime bosses, while secretly planning to take over one day. There were also scenes displaying his affinity for making sculptures out of discarded materials. Aside from jokes about Croc viewing himself as 'beautiful,' one of these were retained in the final cut."
"Also deleted was a scene where he becomes sick at the helicopter escort to Midway City, throws up half-digested pieces of goat, and then eats them again, disgusting the nearby Navy Seals."
"Early cuts reportedly included a passing reference to Slipknot being serial rapist, likely to further paint him as unsympathetic to the audience ahead of his own death."
"More scenes of Rick Flag and June Moon's romantic relationship, including him reading the files of the Suicide Squad recruits after Waller delivers them to him."
"Another scene where Flag and Moon are out on a date."
"Extended scene of Joker interrogating Captain Griggs, including the line, "I can't wait to show you my toys," which was in every trailer, but was removed from the movie."
"Joker and his men escaping after shooting up a restaurant. Harley, who is already affiliated with the Joker, follows them on a motorcycle and intercepts their car. Joker bangs his head against the glass in frustration."
"Joker and Harley then get into a fight, which ends with Harley pointing a gun at Joker's head. Joker sweet-talks Harley into lowering the gun, charming her, then backhands her across the face. Afterwards he sweet-talks her again and they kiss."
"Extended Ace Chemicals scene where Harley jumps into the chemicals. More bits of dialogue from Joker."
"Extended Batmobile chase scene with more interaction between Joker and Harley. One of the examples, presented in all the trailers, is the Joker punching the roof of his car."
"Harley using her baseball bat as a mock gun to play shoot at invisible foes."
"Extended scene of Joker breaking into the nanobomb manufacture facility to arrange for Harley's neck-bomb to be disabled."
"More interactions between Harley and Boomerang. Early cuts apparently included her really disliking him despite growing affectionate to all the other members of the squad."
"Extended bar scene with Harley taking everyone's orders. Deadshot calls for a shot, Katana wants whiskey, Croc and Boomerang settle for beer, Harley asks Diablo wants and he prefers water which she jokes, "is a good idea." The scene was featured in the trailers, but in the movie it cuts directly to Deadshot's speech about them all almost pulling the mission off."
"Removed several scenes with the Joker to repaint his relationship with Harley as more loving rather than abusive."
"Joker and Harley get into an argument after he rescues her in the hijacked helicopter. In early cuts he reportedly pushes her out to kill her, then the helicopter gets shot down. This was apparently reworked into the helicopter getting shot down first and Joker pushing her out to save her."
"Joker returns during the final battle in the subway station, face half-burnt from the helicopter crash, which apparently leads to a brief altercation with the Squad. He calls for Harley to escape with him but she refuses for once in order to help her friends, and the Joker escapes after throwing a live grenade at the group to cover his own escape."
Now a good number of these moments were at least hinted at in early trailers, particularly anything from six months to a year ago, but there are certain gags and moments that have been a big part of the marketing that didn't make it to the final feature, like Harley serving everyone drinks at the bar. That's a nice moment, and it doens't make a lot of sense to lose it.
Really it's the Joker who loses out here, and there's an awkwardness to how he's presented in the film now, particularly that scene where Harley falls out of the helicopter. It kind of looks like she trips in the final version but the original would have shown the villainous nature of Joker, and left him feeling far less limp and more memorable.
Some of these cuts sound like a real shame for the tone of the film, which is generally a bit all over the place. Right now it seems unlikely that we'll be getting a directors cut any time soon, with Ayer saying the one in cinemas is his final version. Still maybe some of these scenes will make it to the home video release.