Suicide Squad director David Ayer says Joker should have been main villain, regrets not having 'more grounded story'

'I have to give the characters the stories and plots they deserve next time'

Jack Shepherd
Monday 23 January 2017 10:37

So far, Warner Bros. and DC’s various superhero films have been met with a mixed reception, particularly last year’s Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad, both failing to impress critics.

Fans of the comics - many of who were more positive about the feature films - were more upset about the lack of Joker within Suicide Squad, the character having been hugely anticipated following appearances in the trailers.

Turns out director David Ayer regrets not having the Joker play the film’s main villain, Jared Leto’s character having primarily been another side-character.

"I'd make Joker the villain and engineer a more grounded story," Ayer said in a lengthy response to one fan, adding: “I have to give the characters the stories and plots they deserve next time.”

Despite Suicide Squad centering on a group of villains, the film still had one ultimate bad guy: the bizarre and underdeveloped Enchantress, played by Cara Delevingne, who opened a world-ending hole in the sky.

Ayer added "and no, there isn't a secret edit of the film with a bunch of Joker scenes hidden in a vault somewhere," a joke regarding rumours there were numerous extended cuts of the film with more Joker.

However, Ayer will have a chance to redeem himself in the near future: the director is tackling the semi-sequel to Suicide Squad, titled Gotham City Sirens, the film centering on Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn.

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