Suicide Squad: 10 Moments from the Trailers that Didn't Make It Into the Movie
This comes as little surprise, considering the rumors that the trailers didn't reflect the movie very well at all, and that there were haphazard reshoots (and lots of backstage drama) to make it fit the tone of the trailers a little better. And, of course, we all know that many, many Joker scenes were cut, judging from Jared Leto's upset as well as the Joker-heavy rumored list of deleted scenes. But there were scenes cut involving other characters as well, including Harley, Katana, Enchantress, El Diablo, and more. Here are the top ten moments from the trailers that didn't make it into the film:
Harley and her "gun"
This was one of my favorite images from the first trailer (and everyone else's considering how ubiquitous this image has been on the internet), and seemed to capture the Harley character perfectly. Luckily, Margot Robbie was given other chances to shine, but other characters weren't so lucky...
"I can't wait to show you my toys"
Aside from the "I'm just going to hurt you really, really badly" line, this moment was probably the most anticipated Joker moment from Suicide Squad's marketing, and featured heavily in many of the trailers. That seems to be Ike Barinholtz Captain Griggs, which would confirm the rumored deleted scene in which Joker performs an extended interrogation of the corrupt prison guard.
Joker goes all Two-Face on us
The third trailer caused some hubbub when it featured Joker with his face half burnt off, throwing a grenade and saying, "Bye bye!" It's pretty obvious that this happens right after the helicopter crash, which is more plausible than Joker turning up at the end unscathed. And according to the rumored deleted scenes, Joker was meant to have a final confrontation with the Suicide Squad, in which Harley would refuse to join him and stick up for her newfound friends.
Lots and lots of Joker
So yes, we all know the story by now. Lots of Joker scenes were cut, to the point that Jared Leto thinks they could have stitched them together into a standalone Joker movie and a disgruntled Joker fan is threatening to sue Warner Bros. for "false advertising." And there are, in fact, a lot of Joker moments from the trailers that were cut, including Harley telling him "Don't!" while he punches the roof of his car, Joker hitting his head against the car, etc.
(And, side note: that casual June Moone shot was also cut from the film, and considering how little development she got, they might have wanted to keep it in...)
More Rick and June
One of the major complaints about Suicide Squad was the weakness of the June Moone/Enchantress character, as well as her undercooked love story with Rick Flag. Judging from the rumors and the trailers, early cuts had more of June's character, as well as her early courtship with Rick Flag.
Several trailers featured an entire scene of Harley taking drink orders from the Squad. The members ordered drinks that fit their personalities (Deadshot orders a shot, Katana a whiskey, etc), and when El Diablo says he wants water, Harley says, "I think that's a good idea, honey." It's not groundbreaking wit or anything, but it demonstrated a rapport between the characters that was mostly lacking in the film.
Katana's crazy eyes
What is going on here? Is this something that happens while she steals souls, or is it a different power altogether? We'll have to wait until the inevitable Director's Cut to find out.
El Diablo in his cell
In the trailers, El Diablo is seen in a prison cell, observing a flame before putting it out, since he vows not to use his powers. In the movie, he starts off in a water-filled tube, while deleted scenes show him being transported there from a cell.
"Let's do something fun"
They definitely cut this from the film, because Enchantress never wanted to do anything fun.
Bonus: Joker backhands Harley
WHY ON EARTH would they cut this entire scene?! Jared Leto had something to show, something to prove & was deprived pic.twitter.com/v2OpqQZLay— GOAT Movie Podcast (@GOATfilmpodcast) August 7, 2016
This is a set spoiler rather than from the trailers, but it seems to confirm another rumored deleted scene, in which Joker and Harley get into a fight, she points a gun at his head, he convinces her to lower it, and then hits her in the face.