Jared Leto’s Joker has only one bad thing. At least, that’s what its creator believes. Suicide Squad director David Ayer has revealed that there is only one creative decision he made regarding the Batman villain in his film that he now regrets.
It was Joker trolling Batman after getting his teeth punched in by him. It’s the one aesthetic choice I wish I hadn’t made. Caught a lot of smoke for it obviously. https://t.co/T7T3XS6oDQ
Responding to a fan in Twitter, who asked why David Ayer decided to tattoo the Joker on the forehead with the word “Damaged” (Damaged) in Suicide Squad, the director admitted that he regrets that choice. David Ayer explained that the much-criticized tattoo was intended to be Jared Leto’s Clown Prince of Crime’s attempt to taunt Batman after he sank his teeth into it. “It’s the one aesthetic choice I wish I hadn’t made,” he said. “I got a lot of smoke for it, obviously.”
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Although he has admitted this regret, David Ayer has stuck to his original vision for the much-criticized supervillain movie since its release., continually stating that Warner Bros. screwed up their version of the film in post-production. He has even gone so far as to claim that the stage version of Suicide Squad is not his movie. In a lengthy statement released in July 2021, Jared Leto’s Joker director: “I put my life on Suicide Squad. I did something amazing. My Court is a complex and emotional journey with a few villains that is ruined and thrown away. A theme that resonates in my soul. The studio cut is not my movie. Read that again.”
David Ayer released that statement as people began to applaud James Gunn for his work on The Suicide Squad, which acted as a soft reboot after the flop of the original 2016 film. Though Ayer wanted to defend himself and offer fans his own take of the situation, he has never had anything bad to say about Gunn. In fact, Jared Leto’s Joker director also applauded Gunn when he was named co-CEO of DC Studios and has revealed that he and Gunn have talked about the “Yesterday Cut” of Suicide Squad. “I spoke to him a while ago. Everything with patience,” said Ayer. “He has the right to set up his new universe before visiting the past. Cheer up. Good things are coming.”
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