Movie trailers lie. Their sole purpose is to convince audiences that they should part with their hard-earned cash and pay to see one particular film above all others, so the idea that a trailer could mislead us is nothing new.
However, in recent years, no marketing campaign has enraged fans quite like the trailers for Suicide Squad, which featured a huge amount of footage that didn't make it into the final cut. One particularly angry audience member even sued Warner Bros. for misrepresenting how important Jared Leto's Joker would be in the final release.
While we didn't all reach these #HarleyQuinn levels of insanity, it was still disappointing to discover that a number of the trailer's most memorable moments were left on the cutting room floor, particularly as a few hinted at more exciting plot developments that never transpired.
However, now that the extended Blu-ray edition of Suicide Squad has been released, fans can finally see what might have been with this comprehensive list of every trailer scene that wasn't included in the final release, including more of Katana, The #Joker and his Clown Princess of Crime, Harley Quinn.
Check out the original trailer before you read on to discover every scene that director David Ayer removed from the final cut:
As if the idea of a meta-human war or a rogue Superman wasn't terrifying enough, Amanda Waller also used examples from the Bible in an early trailer to push forward her original Task Force X proposal, pointing out that Samson was strong enough to destroy stone temples with his bare hands.
Lt. GQ Edwards
After fans spent months speculating which DC character Scott Eastwood would play, audiences were disappointed to learn that he was simply cast as one of Rick Flag's soldiers, instead of someone far more exciting like Nightwing. The actor's part was also short-changed in the final cut due to a lack of scenes — but little character moments like this fist bump could have helped imbue GQ with a little more personality.
As the only genuine hero on the team, Katana seemed set to play a prominent role in Suicide Squad thanks to a number of memorable shots throughout each of the trailers. Unfortunately, while Katana's back story was briefly explained by Flag, shots of the Japanese warrior taking the souls of her victims with the Soultaker were nowhere to be found.
More frustration came from this intriguing shot of Katana's eyes turning from white to black. Is this a manifestation of her ability to converse with the dead, or was Katana possessed by The Enchantress and her magic in earlier versions of the script?
Evidence for the latter appears later, when it looks like Killer Croc and Katana may face off against one another. Alternatively though, it's also entirely possible that the two Squad members are simply clashing due to a difference of opinion. One is a Japanese warrior bound by honor, while the other is a mutant who likes eating people, after all.
Midway through Suicide Squad, The Enchantress uses her magic to probe Amanda Waller's mind using a glowing tentacle thingy that looks remarkably similar to whatever's attacking Katana in the shot above. If this is true and Katana did fall under her magical control, then this is prime evidence of how the rewrites severely affected the final cut of the film, as there was no hint of this subplot in the version that hit cinemas.
Rick Flag & The Enchantress
During the scene where Amanda Waller introduces The Enchantress to her Government pals, there was originally an extra line of dialogue where the spirit tells everyone present to "do something fun", but this moment now only exists in the trailer. There's a chance that this was removed because it may have potentially undermined the serious nature of the scene, or maybe it was just taken out to reduce the overall running time. Either way, it would have been nice to see some more personality from The Enchantress in the final cut.
Extra scenes exploring the relationship between June Moon and Rick Flag could have also added extra emotional heft to the film's final act. Alas, most of these humanizing moments didn't make it past the film's promotional campaign.
One cut that doesn't surprise as much is this strange glimpse of June gazing at the back of Flag's head. While it did perhaps make more sense to remove this particular scene than most, just a few more shared moments between the two lovebirds would have done wonders for their characterization.
Whether this scene was taken from Flag's third act fantasy sequence or moments before June falls asleep and succumbs to the Enchantress and her power, it's a sweet shot that provides yet another much needed glimpse of Cara Delvigne's character prior to her evil transformation.
Finally, this scene taken from the film's climatic confrontation shows a whole different set of evil minions that we never saw in the theatrical cut of Suicide Squad. Instead of the tar-covered monsters that fans became acquainted with, these foot soldiers look more like smaller versions of the Enchantress' brother and protector. Were these henchmen originally supposed to appear in conjunction with the black, eye-covered monsters, or were they replaced by them later in the development process?
As the most divisive character in Suicide Squad, it's fascinating to see how The Joker was portrayed in these deleted scenes, providing further insight into Jared Leto's process.
The first trailer moment cut from the film is a small, but crucial one where the Joker spreads his arms with relief. While it's effective in giving audiences a slight reprieve from the visual onslaught of the promo as a whole, we never learn what exactly caused him to act this way in the first place, kick-starting a long list of missed opportunities for Jared Leto's Joker in the movie.
The Joker's finger wag is another effective piece of characterization that would have made Jared Leto's performance more chilling if it had remained in the theatrical cut. Instead, the final version of the electrocution scene was cut short, because it was obviously of vital importance to cut the film down by two more seconds.
Yet another tantalizing glimpse of the Joker's dark side was taken from us when the line about showing his toys was removed, despite it being both a gratifying reference to Jack Nicholson's Joker and a disturbing piece of dialogue in its own right.
Finally, this shot confirms that the original ending of Suicide Squad was very different from the one seen in the final cut, as here we see The Joker return to the train station where the climactic battle took place. What role he could have played in the team's confrontation with The Enchantress will remain unclear until someone involved behind the scenes eventually sheds more light on the matter.
Let's face it; While The Joker's intriguing performance and a killer soundtrack certainly helped make the Suicide Squad trailers popular when they debuted online, the undeniable standout of these promos was Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn. Robbie combined feisty character tics and off-kilter sex appeal to great effect, earning her millions of new admirers in the process. Unfortunately, many of Harley's most memorable moments from the promotional campaign didn't make the final cut, despite only lasting for a few seconds at most.
The wink seen in the shot above occurred right after Deadshot realized that Harley was secretly receiving texts from The Joker. Instead of using this iconic image from the promotional campaign, Ayer chose to make Harley press a finger to her lips for the final film instead.
Remember this scene of Harley Quinn taking aim with her signature baseball bat, pretending to shoot some unknown assailant as if she were holding a shotgun? Despite being included in the official soundtrack video for Twenty One Pilots’ song “Heathens”, this character-defining moment was cut too, because apparently we don't deserve nice things.
What are Harley and the team staring at in open mouthed wonder? The Enchantress? City rubble? Early reviews for Suicide Squad? Whatever it is, we'll unfortunately never know.
The final shot that pains us to see removed was yet another perfect Harley moment that summed up her character's appeal in one simple frame. This time, the Clown Princess of Crime took in all of the chaos around her, noticed a strand of hair out of place and blew it away with the kind of sassy nonchalance that endeared us to her so much in the first place.
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While we may never understand why each of these unforgettable moments from the trailers were eventually shortened or removed in their entirety, I'm sure we can all agree that their absence is downright criminal. Let's hope that Warner Bros. learn from their past mistakes and retain more promotional footage in the final cut of #SuicideSquad2 when it eventually hits cinemas.
Do you wish that some of these trailer scenes were used in the final cut of Suicide Squad?
(Source — ScreenRant)