Dropped SUICIDE SQUAD Movie Plot Would Have Made JOKER 'King of Gotham'

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Suicide Squad writer/director David Ayer has addressed some of his original plans for Jared Leto's Joker role in the film following questions from fans about images of Joker seen in the film's trailers that did not make the final cut.

Ayer's original plans for the Joker include an entire subplot between Joker, Harley Quinn, and Enchantress that was dropped.

"After Joker dropped Harley Quinn from the help and crashed, Enchantress made a deal with him. He was going to take Harley home and be 'King of Gotham'," Ayer explained on Twitter. "Harley stood up to him and refused to betray her new friends. The Squad turned on him and he escaped...That was her arc. Growth and empowerment."

Ayer also took time to explain how the Joker material was dropped from the film, explaining the scriptwriting process in response to reports he had written the film's script in under a month.

"Spent a heck of a lot more time on it than that," Ayer said. "There’s an outlining process. I wrote the first draft. There were several major rewrites after that. Plus continually rewritten pages as we designed the movie.  Not to mention adding humor, lines during shooting. It’s endless."

A sequel to 2016's Suicide Squad is currently in development at Warner Bros.

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