It’s no secret that Suicide Squad had a disappointing lack of the Joker. Jared Leto admitted that there are probably enough deleted Joker scenes to make a feature length film. While some fans are alright with the lack of Gotham’s creepiest clown, other fans are taking action against Warner Bros. for false advertising.
If you’ve been following the Suicide Squad ads, you probably notice that Jared Leto’s Joker is at the forefront; however, the villain only has 15 minutes of screen time. One Reddit user BlackPanther2016 is threatening legal action against Warner Bros. and DC Comics because he believes they’ve falsely advertised how much the Joker was in the film.
The fan argued he should recieve a refund since he drove 300 miles to London to watch “specific scenes explicitly advertised in TV ads” and felt ripped off. He’s planning to file a lawsuit on August 11th with his lawyer brother.
Here’s his post in full:
“Movie Trailers are like food menus, they give you a preview of what your gonna get. If you look at a McDonald’s menu and you choose to get your favourite burger, presented/showcased in a nice picture with pickles, chicken, mild cheese(you’re favourite, in-fact…that’s the only reason you’re getting this burger…because you love mild cheese). So you use your hard worked money to pay for this burger, you get the burger, but only to find out that…this isn’t the burger you ordered. Yes it has pickles and chicken…but…it doesn’t have mild cheese…it has regular cheese.
Suicide Squad trailers showcased several SPECIFIC Joker scenes that I had to pay for the whole movie just so that I can go watch those SPECIFIC SCENES that WB/DC had advertised in their trailers and TV spots. These scenes are: When Joker banged his head on his car window, when Joker says, ”let me show you my toys”, when Joker punchs the roof of his car, when Joker drops a bomb with his face all messed up and says, ”BYE BYE!”. Non of these scenes were in the movie. I drove 300 miles to London to go watch these specific scenes they had explicitly advertised in their TV ads…and they didn’t show them to me. Adding to this, they were also 2 specific Katana scenes they advertised that were also the reason I wanted to go watch the movie. These scenes were: Katana’s eyes going black, and a slow motion shot of her and her sword taking souls…in a smokey kind of style. These scenes were advertised several times in the 1st trailer and many TV ads…but they didn’t show it to me in the movie. I wasted alot of money paying and travelling to go watch this movie because of these specific scenes they had advertised to me and all of us saying, ”hey, check out our preview! this will all be in our movie, come watch it on the 5th!!”. All lies. I told the theatre about this unjust act and said I didn’t get what I came here to see…can I have my money back. They laughed at me and kicked me out. So I’m now taking this to court. I want my refund, the trauma of being embarrassed as I was being kicked out and people laughing at me for wanting my refund, and also the 160 pounds of fuel money I used to drive to London from Scotland.
If you advertise something…give me what you have advertised. Period. This is becoming a habbit with movie studios, showing epic scenes in trailers…but their never shown in the movies. It’s unjust.
I just want to say, join me if you feel the same way. Let’s stop this nonsense of false bullshitery…and don’t let them bribe you with their ”deluxe premium special directors gold extended edition supreme cut” nonsense. You should get what they advertised as their first theatre showing and what you have paid for based on what they have showed you in their advertisements.
Our court process will begin on 11/08/16 this week.
Edit: Further to us taking legal action on Suicide Squads false advertising scheme, we’ve launched a petition for fans and general film goers to get their refunds. If you feel the same way, please sign and together we can help make cinema better for everyone. Thanks.”
The user has launched a Change.org petition for angry movie fans to sign if they think they too should get a refund for paying to see Suicide Squad.