"Suicide Squad" producers Charles Roven and Richard Suckle told the Wall Street Journal they're "ecstatic" about the fan support for the movie, even if the critics haven't been as kind.
In a lengthy interview about the Warner Bros./DC slate, the producers addressed questions about the many scenes cut from the final film; Jared Leto admitted he wasn't happy there were "so many" Joker scenes cut, enough to fill their own movie.
Here's Roven's take on those cut scenes:
"David Ayer shoots a tremendous amount of footage, and when it comes to things having to do with the Joker, Jared does many takes and all the takes are very, very different, and sometimes the scenes can go on for a very long time, and sometimes the scenes can be, when you're more on page, tighter, etc. Sometimes those impromptu scenes are fantastic, sometimes they're not. That's all part of the process. What you don't want to do is you don't want to limit the process."
"Fantastic" improv or not, it would be nice to see those scenes on the Blu-ray someday.
The WSJ also asked the producers about The Hollywood Reporter's piece on the behind-the-scenes drama making the film. THR had reported that several editors had to work on the film to get it released, with very different competing cuts of the movie as options.
Here's Roven's take on that:
"Yes, there were a couple of different cuts of the movie, but they all really had to do with finding the final shape of the movie. I've been doing this for a long time, and that's not the first time something like this has happened, and it won't be the last." Big tentpole films like "Suicide Squad," he adds, also face hard release dates, so filmmakers don't have the luxury of long postproduction periods with many different cuts. "And so sometimes, in order to get the work done, you really just have to bring on more people and spend really long days and nights getting work done to get it ready.
Read the full interview for a lot more, including the high hopes for "Wonder Woman," and how they "did take into consideration some of the things that we learned from some of the comments about 'Batman v Superman' when it comes to "Justice League."
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