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David Ayer defends the comic accuracy of Jared Leto’s Joker in Suicide Squad

June 6th, 2020 by Marc Comments

Looks like there’s some new proof online that Jared Leto’s much-maligned take on The Joker was much, much better than some give him credit for.

Personally, I liked Leto’s Joker (although I could have lived without the tattoos) and I always saw the comic references to the character in the actor’s portraying of the Clown Prince of Crime in Suicide Squad. And I loathed that he was completely ignored in Birds of Prey, represented by a faceless double and an animated segment.

But I have a feeling that this particular version of the character may be set for a reprisal of one sort or another soon enough.

When Twitter user TJ Bravo posted the below two images of Jared Leto’s Joker compared to images lifted from the character’s long comic book history, he was likely unaware of the response it would get:

Suicide Squad writer/director David Ayer replied:

He then went on to defend Jared Leto’s performance of The Joker in the movie, saying no-one has even seen Leto’s actual performance: “Jared was pretty mistreated during this. No one has seen his performance. It was ripped out of the movie.”

It’s not secret that Leto’s performance was cut to pieces from the movie, with the actor at the time saying: “Were there any [scenes] that didn’t get cut? I’m asking you, were there any that didn’t get cut? There were so many scenes that got cut from the movie, I couldn’t even start.

“If I die anytime soon, it’s probably likely that it’ll surface somewhere. That’s the good news about the death of an actor is all that stuff seems to come out.”

This is just another reason that there is now such a big online fandom crying out for the Ayercut of Suicide Squad, the cut that was not created as a panicked reaction to Batman V Superman (which Warner Bros ruined themselves by cutting it back into an indecipherable mess) but rather the cut that was created and intended for release by Ayer… a cut which DOES exist, to be released on HBO Max.

You can read about that here and here and in the meantime let me know your thoughts on all this. Do you want more Leto or did you dislike him in the role? I want to know, gang…

Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….