Suicide Squad movie-goer suing filmmakers over Joker’s absence

He’d labelled Jared Leto’s lack of screen time as “false advertising”.

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

The lack of screen time afforded to Jared Leto’s Joker in the DC Comics ensemble movie Suicide Squad has proven too much for one fan to take.

Released to largely negative reviews last weekend, the film may have succeeded at the box office but that joy could be short-lived with the backlash already in full-swing.

“You use your hard-worked money to pay for this burger, you get the burger, only to find out that this isn’t the burger you ordered”

A fan, going by the name of BlackPanther2016 on Reddit, is reportedly suing the filmmakers over what he describes as “false advertising” over the lack of screen-time for Jared Leto’s Joker – arguably the most eagerly-anticipated of all the DC characters presented in the film.

Despite appearing prominently in the well-received trailer for David Ayer’s under-fire film, the final cut saw Leto limited to around 15 minutes of screen time, amid claims that much of his performance was left on the editing room floor.

Writing on Reddit, the unnamed fan revealed he “drove 300 miles to London to go watch these specific scenes they had specifically advertised in their TV ads”.

They go on to claim that they spent around £160 in “fuel money” driving down from Scotland to the English capital but were left disappointed when several scenes that featured in the film’s trailer failed to make the final cut of the movie.

“Yes it has pickles and chicken but it doesn’t have mild cheese, it has regular cheese.”

“Movie trailers are like food menus, they give you a preview of what you’re gonna get,” they wrote.

“You look at a McDonald’s menu and you choose to get your favourite burger, presented in a nice picture with pickles, chicken, mild cheese (your favourite, in fact that’s the only reason you’re getting this burger, because you love mild cheese).

“You use your hard-worked money to pay for this burger, you get the burger, only to find out that this isn’t the burger you ordered,” they continue.

“Yes it has pickles and chicken but it doesn’t have mild cheese, it has regular cheese.”

Putting the mild cheese comparisons to one side, the fan involved was evidently keen to take action and has enlisted his brother who, we are told, is himself a lawyer and only too happy to take on a case of such huge importance.

Win and he could set a dangerous precedent for blockbusters the world over.

George Lucas, for one, would be pretty worried about some blowback for his Star Wars prequel trilogy – films that promised thrilling, double-ended lightsaber action but instead delivered high-octane discussions around trade embargoes.

The more likely result is that the case gets thrown out though, with the plaintiff unlikely to be able to prove that any deliberate defrauding took place.

Instead, it is more likely down to bad editing, studio interference and just generally a bad script.

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