Warner Bros. has every reason to celebrate Suicide Squad‘s record-breaking numbers at the box office. In its first weekend, it pulled in $135 million, and that is nothing to scoff at, even with critics widely panning the film – and it seems that bad word of mouth travels fast as Suicide Squad‘s box office saw a 40% Saturday drop, and additional 20% drop on Sunday. Many criticized the film for its poor editing and pacing, and judging by star Jared Leto‘s comments on how much Joker footage was left out of the final cut, there seems to be some truth to the rumors that Warner Bros and Trailer Park (a company that helps cut together movie trailers) reworked David Ayer‘s somber-toned version and turned it into something more fun.
Now a rumored list of what was cut has been revealed, and it shows that there may have been key exposition scenes removed from the final product. Deleted scenes reportedly include Captain Boomerang’s (Jai Courtney) interaction with Katana (Karen Fukuhara); Joker’s mission to “rescue” Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie); a fight between Deadshot (Will Smith) and Enchantress (Cara Delevingne); and another scene with The Flash (Ezra Miller) and Captain Boomerang. Check out the list here below.
It is important to stress that this list, which first appeared on Reddit, is just a rumor at this point. WB and Ayer have yet to confirm if any of the scenes below were actually cut or not, or even if they exist. However, based on what Leto has said, there may be some truth to it, or at least truth to the scenes pertaining to Joker and Harley Quinn. But Ayer has said that the film is his cut, so it should be interesting to see if anything makes it onto the extended cut or deleted scenes on the Blu-ray.
Ayer told Collider that there are a chunk of scenes that didn’t make it into the movie, but of course with a film of this size, there are bound to be things that didn’t make it into the theatrical cut. But the director has gone on record saying that this is his cut, which is contrary to the reports that WB and Trailer Park had anything to do with it. Whether or not any of those reports are true, we know that there are scenes that didn’t make it into the movie. It’s just the way things are done. But if you’ve seen it, you are probably interested in knowing what didn’t make the cut. So here is that list that was posted on Reddit.
- “In early cuts, the movie’s opening detailed June Moon’s possession 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 quell 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 appearance 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 a 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.”
(This was also in one of the first trailers)
- “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.”
(Also a trailer moment that wasn’t in the theatrical cut)
- “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.”