Ready to add yet another ridiculous Suicide Squad controversy to the growing list? As reported by The Independent, a Redditt user has threatened to take Warner Bros and DC Comics to court for teasing scenes of Jared Leto’s The Joker in the marketing campaign that weren’t in the final cut of the film. You read that correctly. A person, who assumedly would like to be taken seriously, thinks it should be illegal to use footage that doesn’t end up in the theatrical cut in the trailers for that movie.
I’m not going to get into the plethora of reasons why this is a misguided mission for the fan, but it’s inarguably without reason or logic. That being said, I can’t say it’s necessarily surprising. Comic books and comic book movies, like Star Wars and Star Trek, have taken on biblical meaning to many, many fans, more than a few of which see themselves as agnostics or atheists even. After listing a number of scenes with The Joker and Katana that were featured in the trailers but missing from the theatrical cut of the film, reddit user BlackPanther2016 writes:
“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.”
The post continues:
“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.”
Perhaps it’s reasonable to be disappointed when hype is built using particular scenes and then they’re left out of the full feature, but filmmaking is a fluid process. Changes are often made while marketing campaigns are underway, and given the news of reshoots, deleted scenes and dueling cuts, clearly that was very much the case on Suicide Squad.