Well, it seems clear now that it is not only fans and critics who are disappointed in how ‘Suicide Squad’ turned out. After hearing many of the cast defend the film and director David Ayer, we have now learned that not every actor involved in the film is happy about the final cut, as Jared Leto recently spoke about his feelings regarding the movie. At a adult summer camp that he was putting on, Leto shared some of his opinions about ‘Suicide Squad,’ especially in regards to what the film turned out to be (in contrast to what they pitched to him), his own screen time, and how it was not the artistic vision he had been led to believe it would be (even going so far as to claim he was “tricked” into thinking it would be more than what it was). According to a Tumblr summary of his words at the camp:
“He was very honest about the film this weekend; his disappointment in what he’s learned of the theatrical cut (he’s still not seen the film); feeling sort of tricked into being a part of something that had been pitched to him very differently; thinking it would’ve been more artistic than what it became; feeling overwhelmed by the hate regarding the look and choices…”
Furthermore, he also expressed his feelings toward Warner Bros. and their contracts with him. When asked about whether he should really be rock climbing while under contract with the studio, he responded with ‘F’ck ’em!”
Oddly, after several news outlets started reporting on this, the Tumblr post was deleted and a follow-up post criticizing how the media twisted the intent of the person’s post was made.
Clearly there is some pent up frustration on Leto’s part, which is understandable. Leto went full method to create his Joker, and at the end of the day, all of his hard work ended up being nothing more than a 7 minute, character arc-less cameo in a second-rate film getting panned by critics and fans alike, who were looking at ‘Suicide Squad’ to save the DCEU. It would be odd if he did not feel short-changed by the experience, though I hope he does not try to get out of playing the Joker in the DCEU. We did not see the man enough in ‘Suicide Squad’ to get a real feel for what he is bringing to the character, and I would hate for him to abandon all that hard work before he got a chance to really show it off, potentially sooner than later if Ben Affleck wants to use the Joker in the solo ‘Batman’ film.
What are your thoughts on the matter? Is Leto justified in being let down by the film? Did you also want to see more of his Joker in ‘Suicide Squad?’ Or do you think the film was ok and any more Joker would have taken away from the main members of the Squad? Share your opinions in the comments below!
Nick is a freelance writer based in Los Angeles, who belongs to the privileged few who enjoyed the ending to ‘Lost.’ For more of Nick’s thoughts and articles, follow him on Twitter (@starfro67)