Now, of all the criticisms that could be leveled at #WarnerBros' #SuicideSquad — and fans and critics alike have found a fair few — the most commonly recurring may well be the observation that the film's use of #TheJoker was a little — odd. With #JaredLeto's role playing a major role in the movie's promotion, and the actor himself seeming to believe that he would play a prominent part within the film's narrative, many were surprised to find that the final cut positioned him as more of a mild, side-lined irritant than the cackling, mercurial Bat-nemesis we collectively know and love.
He was, essentially, the film's B-plot side-piece, and many #DC fans were less than thrilled about that. From the sounds of it, though, that wasn't always set to be the case. Y'see, according to some newly released concept art for the movie:
The Joker Really Was 'Suicide Squad's Original Big Bad, It Seems
That, at least, is the most obvious implication of artist Ed Natividad's recently released concept art for the movie. Or, at least, of this particular entry from that shiny, shiny haul:
In it, we see The Joker standing side by side with eventual Big Bad #TheEnchantress, during what appears to be an alternate version of the film's final sequence. Which, from the indignant looks on the Squad's faces, would seem to suggest that he is very much in on the action — and was perhaps even a driving force of The Enchantress' scheme from the very beginning.
In other words? There's an alternate universe in which we saw a lot, lot more of Leto's Joker in Suicide Squad. Which, of course, may or may not have been a good thing. What is a shame, however, is that we very much missed out on seeing The Joker hanging around in the Batmobile:
Which, faintly ridiculous as it might be...
...would have ultimately been pretty darned awesome:
There are other once-considered plot elements that we ultimately missed out on however, including a trip to a drive-thru for The Joker and #HarleyQuinn:
One which, as it turns out, could easily have offered up some intriguingly unhinged product placement for a certain "golden arch"-themed fast food place:
What's more, it seems that we not only almost saw some slightly more comic book-inspired costumes for the film's leads...
...but that the movie also came surprisingly close to featuring an iconic Bat-villian, who very much didn't make it into the final film.
Now, whether an appearance from #Scarecrow would have improved Suicide Squad, or completely unbalanced it, looks set to be a mystery for the ages — or at least until #SuicideSquad2 or #TheBatman arrive, fully loaded with potential.
What do you think, though? Would you have liked to have seen The Joker as Suicide Squad's Big Bad? Let us know below!