While many people walked out of Suicide Squad dissatisfied, one Scottish fan felt he was straight up robbed by the film. According to reddit user BlackPanther2016, he’s decided to sue Warner Bros. Pictures for what he claims was false advertising. In particular, his argument centers around specific scenes with the Joker that were shown in previews, but didn’t end up in the final cut (via The Independent).
Jared Leto himself has already admitted that “there’s probably enough [unused] footage in this film for a Joker movie,” and this Redditor spotted a few from the trailers. “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,” he wrote. “These scenes are: When Joker banged his head on his car window, when Joker says, ‘let me show you my toys’. when Joker punchs the roof of his car, when Joker drops a bomb with his face all messed up and says, ‘BYE BYE!’.” [sic] He also noted that a couple scenes with Katana (Karen Fukuhara) also hit the cutting room floor: “These scenes were: Katana’s eyes going black, and a slow motion shot of her and her sword taking souls…in a smokey kind of style.”
The user says he drove 300 miles from Scotland to London to see the flick, spending about £160 on petrol alone. When he left the theater, he was apparently laughed at by employees when he asked for his money back. “I just want to say, join me if you feel the same way. Let’s stop this nonsense of false bullshitery…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.” [sic]
His brother is a lawyer and submitted the case; amazingly, it was accepted and heads to court in just two days. It’s hard to imagine it making much headway, however, for quite a few reasons. First of all, is Leto’s portrayal of the Joker really worth suing over? I mean, really? There’s also the question of why he felt he had to drive 300 miles to see the movie. Odds are he passed any number of cinemas on his journey, so that £160 in gas money would likely be seen as an unnecessary expense on his own part.
As for the core of his complaint, he essentially pointed out his own logical flaw right at the end of his Reddit rant. “This is becoming a habbit with movie studios, showing epic scenes in trailers…but [they’re] never shown in the movies,” [sic] he wrote. “It’s unjust.” What he’s saying is that this is expected practice, and you can’t claim you’ve been deceived by lies if you’re also saying you’re aware you’ve been lied to. Besides which, trailers are usually cut together before the final film, so seeing clips that don’t end up used in the feature isn’t rare. Even if it were, you don’t go to a movie for “specific scenes” so much as a story; the trailers are there to give you a sense of the tone and arc of that story. You didn’t order a chicken sandwich with mild cheese and get regular, as the Redditor analogizes; the mild cheese was just cut into a different shape that displeased you.
All in all, this is more asinine than those fans’ attempt to shut down Rotten Tomatoes over Suicide Squad’s crappy critics score. The movie failed to meet expectations, people, let’s all move on and pray for Wonder Woman.