Jared Leto Talks What Happens to Joker After [Spoiler] in Suicide Squad

Friday, 05 August 2016 - 8:22PM
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Friday, 05 August 2016 - 8:22PM
Jared Leto Talks What Happens to Joker After [Spoiler] in Suicide Squad
Suicide Squad may be getting hammered by critics, but it's also on track for a monster opening weekend and is generating a lot of discussion among comic fans. Some of the most talked about things in the movie are just what one would think, too: Jared Leto's Joker and Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn.

At one point in the film, Leto's Joker actually succeeds in "rescuing" Harley from the Squad, but the helicopter he uses to do so goes down. Harley is dropped to safety, but Joker went down with the aircraft in a blaze of glory. He only reappears in the final scene of the film, so there's no worries about his survival. However, what happens to him in between is unclear. That being said, Leto did give his theory about what the Joker was up to in between his crash and the last scene of the film when asked by IGN:

Opening quote
That's a good question. I have no idea. I think he probably went and had a drink or something. Stretched – once you get blown up in a helicopter your muscles get a little tight.
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The Joker's role in the film is pretty much relegated to backstory and a mission to get Harley Quinn back by his side. However, this sub-plot really isn't focused on much, and Leto's Joker probably didn't total over 10 minutes of screen-time. A lot of fans were disappointed by this, given the villain's immense popularity and the amount of attention Leto was given by the press for his method-acting antics and his devotion to the role. From the sounds of it, Leto was bummed by the amount of screen-time he received as well, seeing as he apparently filmed much, much more than what fans saw in theaters.

Opening quote
Were there any that didn't get cut? I'm asking you, were there any that didn't get cut? There were so many scenes that got cut from the movie, I couldn't even start. I think that the Joker… we did a lot of experimentation on the set, we explored a lot. There's so much that we shot that's not in the film.

If I die anytime soon, it's probably likely that it'll surface somewhere. That's the good news about the death of an actor is all that stuff seems to come out.
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Hopefully those scenes do end up surfacing on the deleted scenes section of the Blu-ray, but Leto's comments about dying are a bit unfunny, given that the last actor to take the role, Heath Ledger, died shortly after The Dark Knight stopped filming. When IGN told him that they hoped he didn't die anytime soon, Leto grimly responded by saying "we all die."
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