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Although the film made a healthy profit in the weeks following its release, Suicide Squad was still marred by negative critical reactions. Much of this stemmed from the film's obvious pacing issues, as well as the abundance of plot holes that often made little to no sense. Warner Bros. seems to have realized these issues, as we will soon get an Extended Cut of Suicide Squad, with new scenes to help tie the whole thing together.
Not every cut scene can make it into the longer version of the movie, but there are some that we think definitely need to appear. With that in mind, we have compiled a list of sequences from Suicide Squad that need to be put back into the film in order to make the overall story work. Check out our list, and let us know what scenes you think need to be put back in. Now, let's get started with one of Joker's many cut scenes.
Joker's "Buh-Bye" Scene
One of the most glaring omissions in Suicide Squad comes in towards the end of the film. In the original cut of the movie, Joker's helicopter crash survival is revealed far sooner than in the theatrical cut, and he eventually makes his way to the train station to face off against Task Force X one last time. In this scene, a badly burned Clown Prince of Crime reportedly tries to coax Harley to escape with him, but when she rebuffs his offer, he pulls a grenade and yells "buh bye!" as he escapes. Suicide Squad already features far too little of Joker to begin with, and seeing him actually interact with the titular squad is something fans have been dying to see. Beyond that, if Harley really does reject him in this scene, it goes a long way towards adding depth to their relationship.
The Full Batmobile Chase
A large portion of the flashback sequences in Suicide Squad wound up on the cutting room floor, and one scene that stood out in particular was the Batmobile chase towards the beginning of the film. Several shots -- such as Harley saying, "I hope you've got insurance," and Joker punching the roof of the car -- appeared in the trailers, but never made it into the final cut of the movie. Although they're seemingly minor moments, they really sell the derangement of these two characters, and flesh out the history that they share with Gotham's Dark Knight. We don't necessarily need to actually see more of Ben Affleck's Batman; we just need to see more of Harley and Joker reacting to him.
Katana's Sword and Powers
If there's one member of Task Force X who is completely shortchanged by the events of Suicide Squad, it's Katana. Although Karen Fukuhara does a very good job with the material she's given, the film never really shows the audience any of Katana's otherworldly abilities. Rick Flag briefly mentions that her sword can capture the souls of those it kills, but the trailers actually show that in action. Suicide Squad firmly established that the DCEU is no longer afraid to embrace things like magic and mysticism, and we think the Extended Cut of the film should double down on that promise by showcasing Katana's abilities at their full potential.
Joker's Abuse Of Harley In The Helicopter
Although this moment technically does not appear in any of the film's trailers, it briefly shows up in a promo image accompanying the release of the film, and want to see it fleshed out more. Apparently, an alternate version of the scene in which Joker rescues Harley Quinn involves The Clown Prince of Crime scolding her in the back of the helicopter while she recoils in a mixture of fear and disgust. Many fans complained that Suicide Squad did not feature enough of Mr. J's trademark abuse of Harley, and the inclusion of such deplorable treatment would go a long way towards allowing us to sympathize with Harley, while simultaneously rooting against Joker.
More Of The Bar Sequence
Once Task Force X officially lands in Midway City, the movie doesn't really offer them many chances to slow down and interact with one another. One scene that stands out in particular is the bar sequence that takes place at the end of Suicide Squad's second act. In the theatrical cut, the scene is primarily played straight, and allows El Diablo to confess his sins to the rest of the team. However, the trailers showed audiences a far greater degree of humor. From Harley taking drink orders, to Deadshot complaining about the size of his whiskey shot, the original cut of the scene was very clearly full of some awesome character moments. And we want them back!
Harleen Quinzel Chasing Joker And Pulling A Gun On Him
Although Harley Quinn's official origin story is somewhat abbreviated in the theatrical cut of Suicide Squad, it's very clear that David Ayer initially intended to go much deeper. Some of the first scenes to leak from the set involved a pre-Harley Harleen Quinzel chasing an escaped Joker down on a motorcycle, cornering him, and pulling a gun on him. This eventually leads to Joker convincing her to lower the weapon, before firmly backhanding her across the face. Based upon the costumes, it appears that this sequence takes place just before Harley dives headfirst into the Ace Chemicals acid bath, which means that including this chase scene would provide a ton of new context into how Joker ultimately seduced his psychiatrist.
More Of Diablo In Prison
Hands down, the most surprising member of the entire Suicide Squad ensemble came in the form of Jay Hernandez' El Diablo. A character most mainstream audiences had never even heard of, Diablo proved himself to be one of the most emotionally compelling characters in the entire film, and his sacrifice actually elicited a powerful response from the audience. However, the film could've done far more to build him up before the reveal of his tragic backstory. Several cut sequences in Belle Reve show the character pensively pondering his past, and a deeper emphasis on that somber backstory earlier in the film would've made his ultimate demise that much more compelling.
'I Can't Wait To Show Your My Toys'
It's easily one of the best lines of Suicide Squad's entire marketing campaign, but for some reason they felt the need to cut Joker's "I can't wait to show you my toys" line from the theatrical version of the movie. One of Joker's most menacing moments in the entire movie occurs when he corners Griggs in his club and coaxes him into helping free Harley. We're eventually led to believe that Mr. J worked the Belle Reve guard over pretty badly, but we're never shown anything. This doesn't have to be a Hostel-esque torture sequence, but the film should still show us why people are so afraid of The Clown Prince of Crime.
The Full Van Criss Labs Scene
Building off of that, despite the fact that he's clearly meant to have a substantial side story during the events of Suicide Squad, much of Joker's actions during the second act of the film simply didn't make it into the final cut. From the trailers, it's abundantly clear that there was originally a much longer sequence at Van Criss Labs -- the locations where the neck bombs are developed. It's one of the few scenes in the movie where Joker poses a genuine threat to an innocent person, so we want to see more of what he's capable of.
Croc Attacking Katana
In addition to Joker's "buh bye!" moment in the train station towards the end of the film, David Ayer also cut a brief sequence in which Killer Croc viciously attacks Katana in the same location. It's unclear exactly who is the true aggressor in this moment, as the trailers only show us a brief glimpse of the scuffle, but we really want to see how it plays out in the Extended Cut of the movie. For a film centering on a group of bad guys, Suicide Squad doesn't really feature much fighting within the team, so a full-blown attack from Croc would seriously help ramp up the stakes and the tension between this group of stone cold killers.