Suicide Squad’s hype was mostly attributed to Harley Quinn’s big screen debut and Jared Leto’s portrayal of the Joker. The relationship between Harley Quinn and the Joker was one of the most speculated, talked-about parts of the movie, but the final version of the film managed to cut many of the pair’s scenes that had been teased in photos and previews.
While that may have been a disappointment to fans who wanted to learn more about what makes the Joker’s troubling, abusive relationship tick, Margot Robbie has some ideas as to why a lot of it was cut from the film. According to the actress, who plays Harley Quinn, the cuts were made so there was more focus on the Suicide Squad team and Enchantress.
In an episode of Tipsy Talk, Robbie admitted that the editing team probably realized there was too much of a focus on Harley and the Joker and not enough focus on the current storyline.
“They probably realized that the emotional through line of the story had to be the mission we were on, and kind of explaining The Enchantress’s position and all of that kind of stuff. And the backstory stuff is like magic. Some of the stuff we shot is insane. They are flashbacks, and they’re meant to be snippets, but I think when we were filming maybe we got too engrossed into flashbacks. Especially when you got Jared [Leto], he’s going so deep with that character and we’re all like going really, really deep. David [Ayer] goes really deep with the characters. Yeah, so there’s a lot, but it didn’t make sense to confuse the current and present storyline to incorporate all of that.”
Despite being the film’s main draw, Mr. J only got about 10 minutes of screen time. Harley’s character was a bit more fleshed out and though the pair didn’t have much screen time, Suicide Squad did cover all the important milestones in their relationship including when the Joker manipulated Harleen Quinzel into loving him and she falls into a vat of chemicals at Arkham Asylum.
Suicide Squad is currently in theaters. For fans of Harley Quinn and the Joker, there is a rumor floating around that the pair will get their own movie in the future. We’re crossing our fingers!