Calling all Suicide Squad fans — remember that time Batman rode the top of the Joker's car and the Clown Prince of Crime banged his head on the window? No? Well, how about when the Joker and Ike Barinholtz's prison guard hashed it out in the backroom of a casino? Nope. Neither do we. Despite featuring heavily in the trailers, none of these scenes made it to the final cut of Suicide Squad.
This isn't particularly unusual. After all, Jared Leto recently revealed that an entire new movie could be made out of the deleted footage he shot, so it makes sense that cuts needed to be made. However, one particular fan took offence to this, vocally declaring on Reddit that he's already set plans in motion to sue Warner Bros & DC Entertainment for false advertising.
Why Is This Reddit User Suing Warner Bros.?
Reddit user BlackPanther2016 wrote;
“Suicide Squad trailers showcased several SPECIFIC Joker scenes that I had to pay for the whole movie just so that I can go watch those SPECIFIC SCENES that WB/DC had advertised in their trailers and TV spots...Non [sic] of these scenes were in the movie. I drove 300 miles to London to go watch these specific scenes they had explicitly advertised in their TV ads...and they didn't show them to me.”
I can't help but question why BlackPanther2016 drove 300 miles to watch Suicide Squad when he probably could have found a showing far closer. However, there is something to be said for the disappointment fans feel when their favorite moments from blockbuster trailers don't appear in the theatrical release.
After all, the Joker is a fan favorite character, yet Leto's performance was heavily cut to the point where he barely appeared at all, despite being featured extensively throughout all of the promotional material for Suicide Squad.
That's not the only reason that BlackPanther2016 is mad though:
“I wasted alot of money paying and travelling to go watch this movie because of these specific scenes they had advertised to me and all of us saying, “hey, check out our preview! this will all be in our movie, come watch it on the 5th!!”. All lies. I'm now taking this to court. I want my refund, the trauma of being embarrassed as I was being kicked out and people laughing at me for wanting my refund, and also the 160 pounds of fuel money I used to drive to London from Scotland.”
I wouldn't have laughed at BlackPanther2016 if I were one of his fellow cinema-goers. Quite frankly, one does not mess with the King of Wakanda.
BlackPanther2016 ends the post with a plea for camaraderie from fellow film fans who may feel as cheated as him by this 'false advertising' from Warner Bros:
“If you advertise something...give me what you have advertised. Period. This is becoming a habit with movie studios, showing epic scenes in trailers...but their never shown in the movies. It's unjust. I just want to say, join me if you feel the same way. Let's stop this nonsense of false bullsh**ery...and don't let them bribe you with their “deluxe premium special directors gold extended edition supreme cut” nonsense. You should get what they advertised as their first theatre showing and what you have paid for based on what they have showed you in their advertisements.”
Whether you feel that BlackPanther2016 is justified or not in suing Warner Bros., his anger is certainly symptomatic of a wider issue that recently came to the fore with the release of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice' Ultimate Edition.
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Does BlackPanther2016 Have A Case?
When directors cut a trailer together, are they implicitly promising us that this content should appear for certain in the final release? Do studios deliberately hold back deleted footage just so they can make more money when they release their films in the home market with all of these enticing extras?
While it's easy to be cynical here, we should bear in mind that it is common practice to remove scenes from trailers in the final cut of a movie upon theatrical release. After all, promos are released long before directors and studios decide what should be included in the final edit of a film, so occasionally, scenes glimpsed in official trailers eventually fall by the wayside in the cutting room.
Because of this, Warner Bros. could argue that their marketing was never deliberately misleading, which suggests that BlackPanther2016's allegations could fall through rather quickly. However, the Reddit user reports that the case has already made it to the evaluation stage, where courts will consider whether his accusations are worth pursuing further on August 11.
Is It So Bad If Some Trailer Scenes Never Make It To The Final Cut?
As frustrating as it is to see some of the Joker's memorable trailer scenes disappear from the final film, this isn't the first time that comic book movie fans have had to deal with these kind of changes. Fantastic Four featured a number of exciting set-pieces in its trailer that never saw the light of day in cinemas, including that climatic moment when the Thing air-dropped into a military base. X-Men: Apocalypse conspicuously left mall scenes on the cutting room floor too.
When scenes are included specifically to drum up excitement for a film, it's hard not to be disappointed when they magically disappear on the way to cinemas — although few fans are likely to react the same way as BlackPanther2016. On the plus side though, trailers that showcase the tone of a movie without actually revealing specific moments can only be a good thing for those who hate spoilers.
Whether you agree with this practice or not, it's important to remember that trailers are never supposed to be the exact same as the final movies. They're just snapshots that provide a glimpse of what's to come.
Whatever you feel on the matter, it's still exciting to see which scenes will be added to an extended cut of Suicide Squad when it eventually arrives on DVD and Blu-Ray. Perhaps they'll even include this soon to be iconic ditty sung by none other than the Clown Prince of Crime himself.
How do you feel about studios leaving trailer scenes on the cutting room floor?