– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Suicide Squad had a lot of things going for it. It had a fantastic writer-director, an amazing cast, a solid marketing campaign, and characters that are the envy of studios everywhere. However, when all said and done, there were more than a few things wrong with the flick.

The plot was overly-convoluted, the villain uninspired, and perhaps worst of all, the Joker was underutilized. In the film, actor Jared Leto gives a big and risky performance as the Clown Prince of Crime, but is sadly relegated to around 15 minutes of total screen time. This is especially sad when you realize that the villain herself left so much to be desired, and that the Joker would have served the plot better as the main baddie.

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It’s not an idea that’s been lost on director David Ayer, and yesterday, he took to Twitter to express that sentiment, saying:

Given everything that’s happened with the DC Extended Universe, it is actually incredibly refreshing when a filmmaker admits when he made a mistake. That being said, there are definitely plenty of people who hated Leto’s take on the Joker, and are happy that the performance didn’t go beyond the 15 minutes we saw in the film.

What do you think? Would Suicide Squad have been better if the villain had been the Joker? Let us know down below!

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SOURCE: David Ayer

  • Kronx

    The tools were there to have a great movie, he just had a mediocre script.

    Joker as the villain would’ve definitely been more interesting. I have a version in my head where the team goes to Hell and back and are just about to win their freedom when Batman shows up and beats everybody up, stealing the fame and glory. Doesn’t work for a movie, but it makes me laugh.

    In fact, in the next one, I’d love to see a mid-section where they have to deal with Batman or Superman.

    This is the franchise where they can break all the rules. Hell, add Lex Luthor and let him lead a team against the Joker who of course calls in the Justice League for help. So many possibilities.

  • Smerdyakov

    I don’t think a guy with an acid squirting flower could take on the Suicide Squad.

    • Kindofabigdeal

      Dude is a psychotic mastermind. With the right story it could have worked. Just borrow from Arkham Asylum. He breaks free and is holding the place captive. Maybe even have Batman locked up inside captive. The powers that be round up the only people who have broken free. (Slipknot, Deadshot, El Diablo). They pick up Harley because of her association to Joker and experience at Arkham. I would even have started her out in therapy trying to put down the alias, but the events of the film bring out Harley, especially after seeing Mister J again. Rick Flag and Edwards can be part of the military team who are following the squad into the Asylum. The rest of the team (Croc, Boomerang, ect) can be people who help them on the inside because Joker’s running the place into the ground. They might also be using the opportunity to see a chance to escape or get in good for an early parole. Joker could also be using other villains to make the fight more daunting. I mean, this shit writes itself.

    • Victor Roa

      it’s not his gimmicks, it’s more how does the character dynamic of characters fallowing a structure get a wrench thrown into the gears happen. Even if the point of the story “we are family” what if Joker seduces half the crew and teams up with the big bad?

  • Kindofabigdeal

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I liked Leto. But he’s still my fourth favorite Joker.

  • Victor Roa

    So then he wasted so much time to have Jared Leto be “creative” to not write him as the main bad? I smell BS.

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.