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While it’s true that Suicide Squad made some serious bank this weekend, it also generated some serious concerns in fans as many are walking out of the movie to varying degrees of disappointed. One can’t help but flashback to the reaction to Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice, which had its defenders, but was by and large greeted negatively. And then, all hopes were weighed on the “Ultimate Edition”, that the scenes cut from the movie to make it slimmer for mass consumption would make Batman V. Superman better. With rumors circling that the studio, Warner Bros., pushed director David Ayer to make certain cuts, might an “Ultimate Edition” of Suicide Squad be in the offing, and what would that look like?

Perhaps this will offer some clue. A Reddit post had a list of missing and extended scenes supposedly cut from Suicide Squad, but its not verified, and there’s no indication about where exactly the information come sfrom. Still, there is a definitely a feeling in reading the list that this maybe legit. Judge for yourself below:

“In early cuts, the movie’s opening detailed June Moon’s possession by Enchantress in real tome [sic]. Reshoots reshuffled the scene to be later in the movie in flashback form in favour of a new opening centered on Deadshot.”

“Deadshot in the prison cell, watching the rain fall and thinking about his daughter.”

“El Diablo observing the flame of a lit match, before putting it out due to his vow to no longer use his powers.”

“El Diablo being escorted to a training center by being placed in a tube that fills with water to quel his flames, and then unceremoniously dropped onto the ground.”

“Early interviews showed Captain Boomerang’s racism and sexism, but the movie is light on examples of such behaviour, which have apparently been deleted. Most of them were reportedly directed at Katana, to whom Boomerang is attracted to.”

“Early reports indicated more backstory for Killer Croc, revealing that he entire life as a social outcast due to his physical appearancr [sic] and has convinced himself that he is beautiful in his own way. Croc crossed paths with Batman while working as muscle-for-hire for numerous Gotham’s crime bosses, while secretly planning to take over one day. There were also scenes displaying his affinity for making sculptures out of discarded materials. Aside from jokes about Croc viewing himself as ‘beautiful,’ one of these were retained in the final cut.”

“Also deleted was a scene where he becomes sick at the helicopter escort to Midway City, throws up half-digested pieces of goat, and then eats them again, disgusting the nearby Navy Seals.”

“Early cuts reportedly included a passing reference to Slipknot being serial rapist, likely to further paint him as unsympathetic to the audience ahead of his own death.”

“More scenes of Rick Flag and June Moon’s romantic relationship, including him reading the files of the Suicide Squad recruits after Waller delivers them to him.”

“Another scene where Flag and Moon are out on a date.”

“Extended scene of Joker interrogating Captain Griggs, including the line, “I can’t wait to show you my toys,” which was in every trailer, but was removed from the movie.”

“Joker and his men escaping after shooting up a restaurant. Harley, who is already affiliated with the Joker, follows them on a motorcycle and intercepts their car. Joker bangs his head against the glass in frustration.”

“Joker and Harley then get into a fight, which ends with Harley pointing a gun at Joker’s head. Joker sweet-talks Harley into lowering the gun, charming her, then backhands her across the face. Afterwards he sweet-talks her again and they kiss.”

“Extended Ace Chemicals scene where Harley jumps into the chemicals. More bits of dialogue from Joker.”

“Extended Batmobile chase scene with more interaction between Joker and Harley. One of the examples, presented in all the trailers, is the Joker punching the roof of his car.”

“Harley using her baseball bat as a mock gun to play shoot at invisible foes.”

“Extended scene of Joker breaking into the nanobomb manufacture facility to arrange for Harley’s neck-bomb to be disabled.”

“More interactions between Harley and Boomerang. Early cuts apparently included her really disliking him despite growing affectionate to all the other members of the squad.”

“Extended bar scene with Harley taking everyone’s orders. Deadshot calls for a shot, Katana wants whiskey, Croc and Boomerang settle for beer, Harley asks Diablo wants and he prefers water which she jokes, “is a good idea.” The scene was featured in the trailers, but in the movie it cuts directly to Deadshot’s speech about them all almost pulling the mission off.”

“Removed several scenes with the Joker to repaint his relationship with Harley as more loving rather than abusive.”

“Joker and Harley get into an argument after he rescues her in the hijacked helicopter. In early cuts he reportedly pushes her out to kill her, then the helicopter gets shot down. This was apparently reworked into the helicopter getting shot down first and Joker pushing her out to save her.”

“Joker returns during the final battle in the subway station, face half-burnt from the helicopter crash, which apparently leads to a brief altercation with the Squad. He calls for Harley to escape with him but she refuses for once in order to help her friends, and the Joker escapes after throwing a live grenade at the group to cover his own escape.”

A lot of that stuff mentioned above was shown or hinted at in the ads and trailers, but the most disturbing trend in that list above is that it seems like the edits were designed to make the film’s villains more sympathetic and relatable, which is weird because this is a movie about bad guys! What’s especially galling is that it seems like a lot of trouble was gone to in order to tone down the abusive nature of the Joker and Harley’s relationship, which is kind of the point. Jared Leto discussed earlier this week a lot of his work as the Joker was left on the cutting room floor, which the list does strongly support given that most of the listed clips are Joker-related. There’s yet to be any discussion on the part of the filmmakers about some kind of director’s or extended cut of the film, but that could change with fan pressure. Stay tuned.

Suicide Squad is in theaters everywhere now.

Source: ScreenRant

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