Suicide Squad: Jared Leto says cut Joker scenes could be part of a new movie
Jared Leto’s on-set antics and bizarre gift-giving made headlines as he played the Joker in Suicide Squad, but moviegoers who flocked to theaters this weekend saw very little of the character in the film itself. The actor previously said many of the Clown Prince of Crime’s scenes didn’t make the film’s theatrical cut, and now he suggests there could be enough of them for an entire Joker movie.
“I think that I brought so much to the table in every scene, it was probably more about filtering all of the insanity. Because I wanted to give a lot of options, and I think there’s probably enough footage in this film for a Joker movie,” Leto said during an interview with BBC Radio 1 to promote Suicide Squad. “If I were to die tomorrow, maybe the studio would roll something out. Rated R or rated X performance in there somewhere.”
Leto also added that he told director David Ayer during production that the film should be rated R. “I always wished this film were rated R,” he said. “It felt like, if a film was ever going to be rated R, it should be the one about the villains.” (Ayer has previously said that Suicide Squad was always aiming for a PG-13 rating, but that an R-rated sequel would be something “worth lobbying for.”)
Suicide Squad is in theaters now, having racked up a record-breaking $135 million in its opening weekend. You can listen to Leto’s full BBC Radio 1 interview below.