Suicide Squad fans are distraught.
A critical battering has led to calls for Rotten Tomatoes to be shut down, while one fan wants to take Warner Bros to court for leaving most of Jared Leto’s Joker performance on the cutting room floor.
Whether it was director David Ayer or studio executives nervous about the running time, it’s clear Suicide Squad suffered at the hands of trigger-happy editors.
One point of contention was the love story between Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn and The Joker. Brief flashbacks shed light on the Clown Prince of Crime’s seduction of psychiatrist Dr Harleen Quinzel, but it seemed like Harley needed little convincing to hurl herself into a vat of chemicals for Mr J.
Rewind back to Batman: The Animated series, where the character debuted in 1992, and you get a much more in-depth look at Joker’s dubious seduction techniques.
The clip below shows the Mark Hamill-voiced Joker gradually twisting the mind of Arleen Sorkin’s doc, sewing the seeds for the bat-shit villainess she’d soon become.
“As unprofessional as it sounds, I’ve fallen in love with my patient,” says Harley. “Pretty crazy, huh?” Too right!