Suicide Squad Director Wishes The Joker Would Have Been The Main Character

Too late.

Jared Leto as The Joker in Suicide Squad
Clown Prince of Crime Jared Leto as The Joker in Suicide Squad. Image Picture Atlantic/Warner Bros

Suicide Squad was, undoubtedly, one of the most critically panned films of 2016. It didn’t live up to its hype. The fans know it, the actors know it, and the film’s director, David Ayer, definitely knows it.

Now that it’s been a few months after the storm and that he is planning on redeeming himself with the Harley Quinn Squad-less Gotham City Sirens, Ayer has taken to Twitter to admit that Suicide Squad was full of mistakes and that there are some things he would change if he could. Namely, the film’s focus.

Suicide Squad cast
Skwad Will Smith, Margot Robbie and DC new team of antiheroes. Image Picture Warner Bros

Ayer has always defended the film, though, and while claiming that it was one of the best experiences of his life, the time has come for him to acknowledge that not everything was perfect.

Suicide Squad was heavily edited and re-shot before its release, which didn’t help the final cut. It didn’t help either that Margot Robbie revealed she and Jared Leto had filmed plenty of scenes that didn’t make it to the final version.

Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad
Batter up! Margot Robbie as everyone's favourite comic book character. Image Picture Warner Bros

So what is Ayer’s biggest regret? That would be turning Leto’s Joker into a supporting player (supporting of the supporting, if we want to go further). For all the publicity Leto’s character got before the film’s release, his appearance in the film was more of a footnote.

Sharing a note on the film on Twitter, Ayer said he wished he “had a time machine. I’d make Joker the main villain and engineer a more grounded story. I have to take the good and bad and learn from it.”

Unfortunately, time machines haven’t been invented (yet), so we will have to settle for the Suicide Squad we were given last year. Sorry.

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