Suicide Squad Director Says Jared Leto’s Joker Was ‘Mistreated’ Following Film’s Release

Jared Leto’s Joker was one of the many casualties of Suicide Squad.

David Ayer’s Suicide Squad may have made a good chunk of change at the box office, but it wasn’t received well by critics or audiences. That’s nothing new. From its ridiculous premise to its off-the-wall tone and choppy editing, fans had no shortage of things to criticize. It felt less like a movie and more like a long-form music video, a nonsensical script, and a terrible third act. But one other big piece of criticism came in the form of the Joker, played by Jared Leto.

Leto was the first actor to take on the role following Heath Ledger’s iconic performance in The Dark Knight. As such, there was a lot of pressure riding on Leto. Would he be able to live up to his predecessor? The consensus was a resounding no, unfortunately. Ayer has defended Leto at every turn, and in a recent tweet, he does so again.

“Jared was pretty mistreated during this. No one has seen his performance. It was ripped out of the movie.”

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And it makes sense. This isn’t the first time we’ve heard about Leto’s performance being shortchanged in the film. Back when it originally came out, Leto himself lamented how much of his performance was cut. And yeah, it really does have a negative impact. It robs him of any meaningful presence in the movie, which doesn’t help, given how big his performance is.

Personally, I liked what I saw of Leto, but thought his role felt very unnecessary. He popped in and out occasionally but wasn’t given much of anything to do. Given how great of an actor Leto is, it really just resulted in us audiences being robbed of a great performance. While there are many things I’d like to see from Ayer’s cut of Suicide Squad, I think his version of the Joker is one of the big ones.

What about you? Did you dislike Jared Leto’s Joker in Suicide Squad, and do you want to see more of him in a theoretical Ayer Cut? Let us know down below!

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and contributor at LRM Online. 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.

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