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David Ayer regrets not making Jared Leto’s Joker the main villain in Suicide Squad

January 22nd, 2017 by Marc Comments


One of the big complaints about Suicide Squad was that director David Ayer should have made Jared Leto’s Joker the movie’s main villain.

Now, personally I had no issue with Leto’s Joker coming and going through the story – after all it it was more to establish that he was in the DC Cinematic Universe and I adored how it hinted at his history with Ben Affleck’s Batman, however it seems that now Ayer himself has regrets along those lines too.

Ayer was contacted on his Twitter by a fan who is a big fan of the movie and Ayer’s response went into the movie’s creation at great length, including something that he wishes he’d done differently.

“I know it’s a controversial film,” says Ayer, “I really tried to make something different, with a look and a voice of its own.

“I took inspiration from the insanity of the original comics. Making a movie is a journey, not a straight line. I learned so much. People want what they want, and everyone has a personal vision of how each character should look and walk and talk. If you set out to make a mass appeal movie, it’s easy to end up with vanilla. But I went for it. And I know Squad has its flaws, Hell, the World knows it. Nothing hurts more than to pick a newspaper and see a couple years of your blood, sweat and tears ripped to shreds. The hate game is strong out there.

“The movie was wildly successful commercially. And the World got introduced into some very cool characters in the DC Universe. And that success is due exactly to the wonder and power of DC, of its characters. Would I do a lot of things different? Yep, for sure.

“Wish I had a time machine. I’d make Joker the main villain and engineer a more grounded story. I have to take the good and bad and learn from it. I love making movies and I love DC. I’m a High School dropout and used to paint houses for a living. I’m lucky to have the job I have. I have to give the characters the stories and plots they deserve next time. Real talk. (And no, there isn’t a secret edit of the film with a bunch of Joker scenes hidden in a slat mine somewhere.)”

We’re big fans of Suicide Squad here at FTN but by no means do we deny it’s a deeply flawed movie. Should Joker be a lynchpin of the movie? Hard to say but we know that Ayer is back for the Gotham City Sirens movie and Suicide Squad 2 is in the works (here)… is it too soon to reckon we know which villain at east one of these movies will revolve around?

Let us know your thoughts, guys…

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….