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If the fact that Suicide Squad was re-cut and re-shot to become a different product than originally promised is supposed to be a secret, then it's the worst kept secret since Kylo Ren was Han Solo's son. With all of the stories of dropped footage, and the ensuing claims of false advertising that followed, we decided it was a good idea to go hunting. Our prize: all of the deleted moments we could find from the Suicide Squad trailers.
After an extensive hunt, we're proud to say that we've bagged 20 choice moments that the editing process of this movie decided to nix. Here now is the list of scenes that made the cut for Suicide Squad's trailers, but didn't make it to the final round.
Waller Talks Superman
Starting with the Comic Con presentation trailer from 2015, we noticed two big factors from the beginning. The first being that Amanda Waller had a really good line about Superman acting as "a beacon" for all metahumans to come out of the shadows. The line, and the delivery of the line, make Viola Davis' Waller out to be a badass that has moments of uncertainty involving the ever changing world herself. But perhaps the bigger note from the trailer's beginning is the fact that this trailer is, in visual presentation and tone, the darkest portrayal of Suicide Squad yet. Looking at what the original logo for the film looked like, compared to the brighter colored substitute in the next trailer, is probably the biggest sign of where Warner Bros and DC Comics decided to take things in the end.
El Diablo's Lament
An interesting moment that was intended for Jay Hernandez's El Diablo is when he lights a match in his cell, and admires the flame. After a couple of moments, El Diablo puts out the flame and laments what we can assume is the incident involving his accidental murder of his family. This is one of those moments that, while it may not advance the story at large, would have built the backstory for El Diablo a little more.
The Mystery Patient
Our first whopper of a deleted scene comes from the flashback from early in Suicide Squad where Harley reflects on her "creation" through The Joker's electroshock therapy. During the chaotic scene in Arkham Asylum, it looks like this patient is hiding somewhere in the background, which has us wondering why he's even featured in the first place. Is this a one off background character, or is this man a future character we should be watching out for? Apparently, even Warner Bros couldn't figure it out either, and so he was 86'd.
Rick And June Get Close
One of the two big love story arcs in Suicide Squad is the one between Col. Rick Flag and Dr. June Moon / The Enchantress. However, much like the arc between The Joker and Harley Quinn, that arc looks to have been trimmed down to its bare essentials. What we're missing out on, at least from what we've seen in the trailers, is some close and personal time between Rick and June in their professional lives. Another scene further on in our list seems to confirm this, so we'll touch on more about that later.