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Suicide Squad director admits to one MAJOR mistake with Jared Leto's Joker
Photo: © ANP

Suicide Squad director admits to one MAJOR mistake with Jared Leto's Joker

Suicide Squad director admits to one MAJOR mistake with Jared Leto's Joker
Photo: © ANP

Suicide Squad is not remembered particularly fondly by many comic book fans.

The DC Studios movie, directed by David Ayer, was released in 2016 and received negative reviews. It starred Margot Robbie, Will Smith, Jared Leto, Joel Kinnaman, Jai Courtney, Viola Davis and Cara Delevigne.

One of the targets of criticism was Leto's depiction of Joker, the most famous comic book villain of all time. It was his appearance more than anything else, especially the introduction of numerous tattoos including one on his forehead which read, 'DAMAGED'.

Although Joker has always been psychotic in previous incarnations, his character has always been nuanced.

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Ayer has admitted to his mistake in introducing the tattoos.

"I own the tattoo idea 100%," the director wrote on Twitter.

"It was my choice. Original idea is it would say 'Blessed' and not 'Damaged'

"Now having said that — I regret that decision. It created acrimony and division.  Not every idea is a good idea.  And I’ll just be in the corner here while the internet slaps me around for this post!"

Ayer's Suicide Squad director's cut

Following the poor reception Suicide Squad received, Ayer assured fans that the theatrical version was not his version and that a much better director's cut existed, and it actually might see the light of day.

"There’s a genuine curiosity and interest from a lot of people," he wrote on social media.

"And I’m aware of there is another group of people that have fun mocking the film. Your comment is a perfect example of how many are magnetically drawn discussion to the 2016 film in a negative way. Have you ever had an experience in life that didn’t until the way you wanted, that dragged you, that made you rethink everything?

"I have.

"All I know is my unseen film plays much better than the studio release. The interest in my cut being show seems real and organic. And Gunn told me it would have its time to be shared. He absolutely deserves to launch his DC universe without more drama about old projects.

"In a way, I’m chained to this thing. I’m riding a tiger here and navigating this situation the best I can. Life is a very strange journey."

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