Warning: Suicide Squad spoilers ahead, continue at your own risk
Now that Suicide Squad has finally hit theaters, the DCEU seems to have gained a bit more footing in the world of cohesive superhero universes. Even in the face of lukewarm reviews, the story of Task Force X has proven insanely popular with die-hard fans of the DC lore. Much of this is due to the proper handling of beloved characters, and no DC character present in Suicide Squad is quite as beloved as The Joker.
However, while Jared Leto's Joker is one of Suicide Squad's biggest assets, he also happens to represent one of its biggest issues. David Ayer's supervillain team-up has a major Joker problem because it cannot seem to figure out that right amount of The Clown to utilize. Some of us at the Cinema Blend offices think his role in the film is too big, while others think it's too small. We've gone through the events of Suicide Squad and presented arguments for both sides of the debate, and we want hear what you have to say as well. Now let's get started with those who think Joker has too much screen time...
Suicide Squad Features Too Much Joker
Without question The Joker's best scenes in Suicide Squad occur during the first act when we see Harley Quinn's flashbacks, particularly the brief sequences taking place in Arkham Asylum. Watching him corrupt Dr. Harleen Quinzel, and then subsequently seeing them unleash absolute chaos on Gotham pretty much ensures that Joker peaks early during Suicide Squad, and his present day scenes never match that visceral tone.
Suicide Squad makes it abundantly clear that Joker will stick around the DCEU for quite some time, and as such there's a serious argument to be made that Joker should have disappeared from the movie as soon as Batman (Ben Affleck) captured Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) in the Gotham Bay. Having the character vanish at this point would have sent him out on a high note, and it left a loose end that Warner Bros. could address during the events of Ben Affleck's solo Batman movie.