The whoooole world has seriously mixed feelings about Suicide Squad (such as [a] we’re excited this is happening! but [b] why is this what it is oh my god why) and that includes director David Ayer. But his particular problems with his own movie are very specific, and honestly, we don’t disagree — David Ayer wishes the Joker had been the bad guy. On Twitter, Ayer expressed the frustration that all artists have with their work, we think, and wished for a time machine.
Unfortunately, there’s no way to go back in time and adjust your film to fix critics’ problems before they happen.
Also unfortunately, we totally agree having the Joker be the main villain would’ve grounded the movie and made it infinitely more watchable and enjoyable…
…but at the same time, anything that encourages Jared Leto’s legit abusive behavior while shooting this film is probably not for the best. So, like, we’re torn AGAIN, because YEAH, Ayer, we agree with you. But maybe what we’d use the time machine for is to change the casting, ’cause like, I’mma let you finish Jared Leto, but Heath Ledger was the best joker of all time and ALSO homeboy didn’t send anybody a dead pig. So points to him for that.
There’ve long been rumors based on Jared Leto’s intense involvement in his character that there’s some super secret Joker-heavy cut locked away in a vault somewhere, but Ayer says it doesn’t exist, so this isn’t something we’re going to see any time soon. Hey, but that’s what you get when you intentionally ignore filmmaking conventions as though they’re not there for a reason and let an actor run wild sending people incredibly inappropriate ‘gifts’ — regrets.