Suicide Squad wasn't a good movie by any stretch, and one of the most reviled things about the film was Jared Leto's take on the Joker. Though a lot of people like to bash Leto's version, director David Ayer laments that he's being unfairly treated and a lot of his work on the character remains unseen.
Posting on Twitter, Ayer reveals how his ‘heart breaks' for Leto. He says:
No doubt, there was a lot of hype surrounding Leto's version of Joker, since there was a lot of news that came out of him going full method on the set, sending cast members inappropriate gifts and being a complete wacko. Fans were wondering how all of that kookiness would come out onscreen, and what we got was kind of disappointing—resulting in all the backlash against Leto.
At one point, the Suicide Squad movie looked a lot darker, but after the bashing of Batman v Superman, WB was said to have panicked and demanded that Suicide Squad have a lighter tone, resulting in the mess of a movie that we got. There are still fans out there hoping for an ‘Ayer Cut' of the film, but with The Snyder Cut not even making any progress, it's doubtful we'll ever get to see Ayer's original vision.
Personally, I'm willing to give Leto's Joker another chance. I think it has the potential to be interesting, but he just wasn't in the right film. WB seems to have moved on from that version, but I still have my hopes up that Leto will be able to redeem his Clown Prince of Crime.
For now, the sequel/reboot The Suicide Squad is set to release on Aug. 6, 2021.