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Margot Robbie on why Joker scenes were cut from Suicide Squad

08.10.2016

It's no secret that a healthy amount of footage featuring Jared Leto's Joker was cut from SUICIDE SQUAD for . . . reasons. Ultimately those reasons belong to Warner Bros. and director David Ayer, but Harley Quinn herself, Margot Robbie, offered up her own opinion on why those scenes were cut. In speaking with Entertainment Weekly, she basically cuts to the heart of it and makes a good point on why they were taken out.

Margot Robbie on the cut Joker scenes:

They probably realized that the emotional through-line of the story had to be the mission that we were on, and explaining the Enchantress’ position and all that kind of stuff. And the [Harley and Joker] backstory stuff, though it’s magic and some of the stuff we shot was insane, they are flashbacks...so there’s a lot, but it just didn’t make sense to confuse the present story line to incorporate all that.

And there ya have it! As salty as people have been that this footage was not in the final cut of the movie, it also wasn't pertinent to the story at hand. More interesting? Probably, but the finished film is kind of a mess, editorially speaking, so I'm not sure injecting MORE flashbacks would really help it out. Then again, I also wasn't a huge fan of Jared Leto's Joker. I'd argue that decreasing his presence in the film might have helped, if only to give him a proper intro in another film. Just my two cents!

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9:06PM on 08/10/2016

Ugh, stop...

This movie never knew what it was from day one. It's a shame it sucked major balls.
This movie never knew what it was from day one. It's a shame it sucked major balls.
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8:02PM on 08/10/2016

I agree

I agree the jocker was awesome , glad they change the jocker people want to see the same old jocker over again , age of ultron was horrible and got good reviews , i love that DC is not doing it like marvel , i love Dc and marvel .
I agree the jocker was awesome , glad they change the jocker people want to see the same old jocker over again , age of ultron was horrible and got good reviews , i love that DC is not doing it like marvel , i love Dc and marvel .
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9:46PM on 08/10/2016
Who is the Jocker?
Who is the Jocker?
12:59AM on 08/13/2016
The Jocker was in the original cut but he got scratched.
The Jocker was in the original cut but he got scratched.
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7:29PM on 08/10/2016

Duh

THe movie is called SS so that was the primary story to create the team and hope they vibe which they did! You haters really need to move the hell on with this fanboy crap! We get it any Dc movie is bad cause for some reason some of you think Dc has to do it the marvel way which is stupid! You critics are exposed with bias reviews and clickbait crap that went beyond the review! Lazy writing ! Leto rocked the whole cast rocked and next time don't watch a DC movie if all you are going to do is
THe movie is called SS so that was the primary story to create the team and hope they vibe which they did! You haters really need to move the hell on with this fanboy crap! We get it any Dc movie is bad cause for some reason some of you think Dc has to do it the marvel way which is stupid! You critics are exposed with bias reviews and clickbait crap that went beyond the review! Lazy writing ! Leto rocked the whole cast rocked and next time don't watch a DC movie if all you are going to do is cry me a river of bias crap! ALl that matters is the avg fan gave it a b+ under 18 gave it an A which shows the critics we're wrong so stop looking for validation but of course you will continue to use Dc for click bait pay my bill articles!
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5:12PM on 08/10/2016
I think the problem for most people is they don't realize his character wasnt meant to advance the plot. He was there to service Harleys character development. His purpose was the exact same as Deadshots daughter but people overlook that and automatically think "oh its The Joker? Hes a main character" just because of who the character is. So they don't realize he's just there to show the audience how Harley became Harley and what motivates her actions as a character.
I think the problem for most people is they don't realize his character wasnt meant to advance the plot. He was there to service Harleys character development. His purpose was the exact same as Deadshots daughter but people overlook that and automatically think "oh its The Joker? Hes a main character" just because of who the character is. So they don't realize he's just there to show the audience how Harley became Harley and what motivates her actions as a character.
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9:51PM on 08/10/2016
^ This. They didn't need him as an antagonist but rather a support to get Harley's backstory going. Otherwise she's just a nut running around with some bad guys. If Joker wasn't in the movie, she'd have zero depth, zero backstory. He was used to help flesh her out.
On that note, I disliked this iteration of Joker. That aside, his purpose is pretty clear. It's about Harley, about their relationship but not about him.
^ This. They didn't need him as an antagonist but rather a support to get Harley's backstory going. Otherwise she's just a nut running around with some bad guys. If Joker wasn't in the movie, she'd have zero depth, zero backstory. He was used to help flesh her out.
On that note, I disliked this iteration of Joker. That aside, his purpose is pretty clear. It's about Harley, about their relationship but not about him.
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3:44PM on 08/10/2016

Agree with Michaelb1492

The main problem with WB/DC is the editing due To lack Of trust on the final product. Obvious pressure due to the succes of Deadpool and the cristisims To BvS led to cutting and shooting new scenes that I think affected the original vision from Ayer. The movie still works but it feels kind of confused on its identity. I do feel that the amount of Joker that we got was enough. He shouldn't be the star of Suicide Squad. Yes you wanted more of him, but that's great cause we will get a movie
The main problem with WB/DC is the editing due To lack Of trust on the final product. Obvious pressure due to the succes of Deadpool and the cristisims To BvS led to cutting and shooting new scenes that I think affected the original vision from Ayer. The movie still works but it feels kind of confused on its identity. I do feel that the amount of Joker that we got was enough. He shouldn't be the star of Suicide Squad. Yes you wanted more of him, but that's great cause we will get a movie that's focused around him as the main antagonist. Fingers crossed!!
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3:33PM on 08/10/2016
If there is a Suicide Squad 2, I hope they let Ayer have a bit more freedom and control over the final cut to truly illustrate his vision for these group of characters.

There is no reason why there should have been so many scenes cut from the theatrical version which would have only benefited the plot.
If there is a Suicide Squad 2, I hope they let Ayer have a bit more freedom and control over the final cut to truly illustrate his vision for these group of characters.

There is no reason why there should have been so many scenes cut from the theatrical version which would have only benefited the plot.
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4:02PM on 08/10/2016
didn't Ayer say like 2 days ago.. that "this cut of the movie is my cut... the released movie is my cut"

I recall an interview saying that Snyder, and the Studio gave him full control on the film, and to do it all his way.

Also i was reading an interview with Ayer, from the articles Joblo has released theres like only 10 minutes cut from the film, but i think thats only the Jokers. Apparently the film was almost 3 hours.. 2h 45m.. if we're going to get an extended cut I'm hoping its the
didn't Ayer say like 2 days ago.. that "this cut of the movie is my cut... the released movie is my cut"

I recall an interview saying that Snyder, and the Studio gave him full control on the film, and to do it all his way.

Also i was reading an interview with Ayer, from the articles Joblo has released theres like only 10 minutes cut from the film, but i think thats only the Jokers. Apparently the film was almost 3 hours.. 2h 45m.. if we're going to get an extended cut I'm hoping its the ladder.
3:19PM on 08/10/2016
I wouldn't mind watching an Extended cut version of Suicide Squad. The Extended BvS is pretty good at explaining a few other issues.
I wouldn't mind watching an Extended cut version of Suicide Squad. The Extended BvS is pretty good at explaining a few other issues.
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3:30PM on 08/10/2016
Agreed - I really enjoyed this movie but would love to see directors have more freedom to do more than one cut. I love the LOTR extended versions
Agreed - I really enjoyed this movie but would love to see directors have more freedom to do more than one cut. I love the LOTR extended versions
3:30PM on 08/10/2016
Agreed - I really enjoyed this movie but would love to see directors have more freedom to do more than one cut. I love the LOTR extended versions
Agreed - I really enjoyed this movie but would love to see directors have more freedom to do more than one cut. I love the LOTR extended versions
7:20PM on 08/10/2016
Agreed - I really enjoyed this movie but would love to see directors have more freedom to do more than one cut. I love the LOTR extended versions
Agreed - I really enjoyed this movie but would love to see directors have more freedom to do more than one cut. I love the LOTR extended versions
3:05PM on 08/10/2016

OOOOOOOOOR

Maybe, this Joker wasn't good. Too much scene chewing. Seriously ALL of the best parts of the Joker were in the trailer. Then, in the movie, all we got was a more condensed version of that, edited by a spastic 12 year old, that came off like its trying WAY-AY-AY too hard. Maybe it was the tattoos.
Maybe, this Joker wasn't good. Too much scene chewing. Seriously ALL of the best parts of the Joker were in the trailer. Then, in the movie, all we got was a more condensed version of that, edited by a spastic 12 year old, that came off like its trying WAY-AY-AY too hard. Maybe it was the tattoos.
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3:28PM on 08/10/2016
I think the bigger issue is he has no bearing on the plot at all. You could've removed all of his scenes and the movie would not miss a beat.
I think the bigger issue is he has no bearing on the plot at all. You could've removed all of his scenes and the movie would not miss a beat.
2:59PM on 08/10/2016

That's also my main problem way BvS

I don't know what's going on a WB but the editing seems to be a consistent problem. I still don't think Ayer was the right person for this gig, or even the right subject matter to approach so early in the DCEU.
I don't know what's going on a WB but the editing seems to be a consistent problem. I still don't think Ayer was the right person for this gig, or even the right subject matter to approach so early in the DCEU.
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