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Suicide Squad director admits it was a huge mistake giving Jared Leto’s Joker face tattoos

Charisa Bossinakis

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Suicide Squad director admits it was a huge mistake giving Jared Leto’s Joker face tattoos

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Suicide Squad director David Ayer has revealed he regrets Jared Leto’s Joker tattoos in the film.

While Ayer has been open about how the 2016 DC flick didn’t turn out exactly how he wanted, the director has made a new confession about his vision for the Joker.

In response to a fan’s tweet, the filmmaker admitted that he now regrets the Joker ‘Damaged’ tattoo.

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Perhaps, he needs to leto go? I'm so sorry.

“I own the tattoo idea 100 per cent. It was my choice. Original idea is it would say ‘Blessed’ and not ‘Damaged.’ Now having said that — I regret that decision. It created acrimony and division. Not every idea is a good idea. And I’ll just be in the corner here while the internet slaps me around for this post,” Ayer wrote.

Ayer has also recently said he would love fans to see his original film cut.

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“There’s a genuine curiosity and interest from a lot of people. And I’m aware of there is another group of people that have fun mocking the film. Your comment is a perfect example of how many are magnetically drawn discussion to the 2016 film in a negative way,” he began in a post.

“Have you ever had an experience in life that didn’t until the way you wanted, that dragged you, that made you rethink everything?”

The director went on to say that his cut of the movie plays ‘much better than the studio release’.

Credit: DC/Warner Bros.
Credit: DC/Warner Bros.
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He added that James Gunn, who was appointed Co-chairman and Co-chief executive officer (CEO) of DC Studios last year, said the film would have ‘its time to be shared’.

“He absolutely deserves to launch his DC universe without more drama about old projects. In a way I’m chained to this thing. I’m riding a tiger here and navigating this situation the best I can. Life is a very strange journey,” Ayer continued.

The director also said neither the studio release of the film nor the director’s cut was his official version in 2021.

He said that the original idea of the movie was an ‘emotional journey with some 'bad people who are s**t on and discarded’, adding it’s a ‘theme that resonates with my soul’.

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"The studio cut is not my movie. Read that again. And my cut is not the 10-week director's cut — It's a fully mature edit by Lee Smith standing on the incredibly work by John Gilroy. It's all Steven Price's brilliant score, with not a single radio song in the whole thing,” he wrote in part.

Topics: Film & TV, News, Film and TV, DC Comics, Jared Leto, Joker

Charisa Bossinakis
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