The movie hasn’t even been out for a full weekend yet, and already the amount of conversations going on amongst critics and fans about the behind-the-scenes craziness and changes surrounding Suicide Squad is astounding, but it’s not hard to understand why either, when you watch the film’s incredibly strange pace and tone, which at times is basically screaming at you that the scene you’re watching was cut short. You could practically see the ragged frays.
We already know that the film has its fair share of deleted scenes involving Jared Leto’s Joker as well, who is in the movie a shockingly small amount considering how heavily he’s been included in the film’s marketing, which the actor himself confirmed recently. However, a new unofficial, and unconfirmed list from Reddit may reveal all of the movie’s deleted scenes, and are you ready for your mouth to probably drop?
In case it needs to be said as well, this list will contain heavy spoilers for the movie, so those of you who have yet to see it may want to turn away, and it should also be noted that this is not an official or confirmed list either. With all of that being said though, here’s all of the scenes that the post describes as being cut from the movie:
- In early cuts, the movie’s opening detailed June Moon’s possession by Enchantress in real tome [sic]. 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.
…. I mean, just look at how long that list is.
Not that this is necessarily surprising by any means, considering Warner Bros. brought in the same company that made the film’s trailers to edit it, which is about as awful an idea as I can think of off the top of my head right now. We already knew a bunch of these were cut as well, since they were so present in the trailers, including the scene with Harley taking drinks at the bar and that great shot of her using her baseball bat as a pretend gun.
But even going back as far as when the movie first began filming, who else remembers seeing that scene described above when Harley held a gun up to the Joker outside of his purple lamborghini, and we got to see a set video of it early? Not only did it give us our first real look of Leto’s interpretation in living, breathing action, but it also showed us a taste of the movie’s version of his and Harley’s relationship as well. Suffice it to say though, it was one of the many disappointing and noticeable omissions from the film.
Now, I know David Ayer has said that the theatrical cut is his cut, but I’m still gonna hold out hope for a more cohesive version being released sometime down the line anyways. That’s about all any of us can do right now.
Suicide Squad is in theatres now.
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