Fan Suing Warner Bros. For Falsely Advertising The Joker’s Role in ‘Suicide Squad’

By August 9, 2016
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The behind-the-scenes tension and strange decisions surrounding Suicide Squad have, for many people, overshadowed the film’s negative reviews or shockingly strong box office opening. With the final cut of the movie apparently being much different than director David Ayer’s original version, fans are already up in arms calling for a different cut of the film to be released, one that along with featuring a number of scenes we knew about that weren’t in the theatrical cut, also will include a noticeably larger role for Jared Leto’s Joker as well.

The actor hasn’t been shy about discussing his disappointments with the amount of his work that was cut from the final version, which in addition to featuring a much more fleshed out backstory for his and Harley’s “love story,” also featured a number of scenes included in the trailers for the movie as well, that many fans were shocked to find out weren’t actually in the movie.

For Reddit user BlackPanther2016 as well, his disappointment with the size of The Joker’s role in the film has led to him suing Warner Bros. and DC for falsely advertising several scenes featuring the character. Posting in r/movies, the user writes:

“Suicide Squad trailers showcased several SPECIFIC Joker scenes that I had to pay for the whole movie just so that I can go watch those SPECIFIC SCENES that WB/DC had advertised in their trailers and TV spots. These scenes are: When Joker banged his head on his car window, when Joker says, ”let me show you my toys”, when Joker punchs the roof of his car, when Joker drops a bomb with his face all messed up and says, ”BYE BYE!”. Non of these scenes were in the movie. I drove 300 miles to London to go watch these specific scenes they had explicitly advertised in their TV ads…and they didn’t show them to me.”

Of course, the user has a point in regards to the scenes in question, all of which were included in the trailers and TV spots at least once, some several times, even despite having no place in the theatrical cut, apparently. The user continues:

“Let’s stop this nonsense of false bullsh**ery…and don’t let them bribe you with their “deluxe premium special directors gold extended edition supreme cut” nonsense,” the user pleads. “You should get what they advertised as their first theatre showing and what you have paid for based on what they have showed you in their advertisements.”

Considering that The Joker has maybe six minutes of screen time total in the movie, and disappears for about half of it as well, I can understand someone being very disappointed by his lack of any real importance to the film’s story or characters. The user’s case is apparently set to move forward on August 11th later this week, and if you’re all that interested in continuing to follow it, I imagine BlackPanther2016 will be posting more updates in the weeks to come.

Suffice it to say, I don’t think any of us expected this to be the kind of conversations we were having about Suicide Squad just a week and a half ago even.

Suicide Squad is in theatres everywhere now.

Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable
  • Rass

    Oh, for crying out loud. Yeah, the movie sucked. Yeah, they shouldn’t have cut his screen-time. But only a socially inept jackass sues a movie studio for showing a misleading trailer–and only an idiot drives 300 miles to see a movie when it’s shown in theaters everywhere. This individual is not mentally stable and should not be taken seriously.

  • Student of Alchemy

    Caveat emptor . . . dumbass.

  • Geminilegion

    I had a big interest in seeing more of The Joker in the movie and was a bit disappointed when many of the scenes were cut… But I’m not going to sue the company for a 2 hour movie… This is just one money hungry fan that saw a way that he could go make some extra money.

  • All Patriot

    Wow. This is the epitome of a superhero fan that doesn’t have a life. Get over it. You should have waited for someone you know to see it, then ask him to tell you if you’re two extra minutes were in it.