Suicide Squad: David Ayer Regrets Not Making Joker The Main Villain

Posted 2017/11/26 2095 0

Yes, the Joker should have been the bad guy!!!


Suicide Squad director David Ayer has confirmed that he regrets not making the Joker the main villain of the movie. Despite early anticipation following a great trailer, Suicide Squad was a critical flop, netting just 26% on Rotten Tomatoes (we weren’t so fond of it either). One of the main problems with the movie comes from the fact that The Joker, played by Jared Leto, was barely seen in the movie at all. Instead of being the main villain as most had suspected, Enchantress ended up filling that role. Suicide Squad director David Ayer responded to actor Norman D. Golden II (Devon Butler in 1993’s Cop and a Half)'s comment on Twitter that he had seen the film and enjoyed it, but instead of a simple "thank you" response, Ayer revealed that he feels like the film would have done better if he had done things differently.  

A fan responded with some suggestions, including the obvious one, making Joker the main villain. Ayer agreed, and stated he “agonizes” over it to this day:

“Believe me. I agonize over this. Yes. Joker should have been main bad guy.”

Ayer shared a similar sentiment in a tweet earlier this year, saying that he wished he had a time machine so that he could go back and make Suicide Squad into a more grounded story that featured Leto’s Joker as the big bad of it all.

In Suicide Squad, the Joker's role is very brief. He appears long enough to attempt to rescue Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) by hijacking the helicopter sent to extract the Squad on their mission to save Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) and then, with the helicopter rescue having failed, again at the end of the movie when he breaks into Belle Reeve Prison to rescue Harley. Instead, the villain is Enchantress who goes on a spree to eradicate mankind because Waller imprisoned her, turning the residents of Midway City into monsters. The choice to not focus on the Joker was panned by many of the film's critics, with some going so far as to say that Leto was wasted in the role for as little screen time the Joker really had.