THE SUICIDE SQUAD Director James Gunn Reveals The Disturbing Alternate Ending He Decided Was Too "Dark"

THE SUICIDE SQUAD Director James Gunn Reveals The Disturbing Alternate Ending He Decided Was Too "Dark"

The Suicide Squad director James Gunn has talked more about the movie's original ending, revealing the twisted fate of a fan-favourite character he ultimately decided was too dark. Read on for details!

By JoshWilding - Oct 19, 2021 07:10 AM EST
Filed Under: The Suicide Squad
Source: Cinema Blend

The Suicide Squad director James Gunn has previously revealed that an earlier version of the movie was set to kill Daniela Melchior's Ratcatcher 2, but the filmmaker has now shared more details on his original ending. We were already pleased that the fan-favourite Task Force X member managed to survive, but the original, brutal plan for her might have left a bad taste in a lot of fans' mouths. 

Talking to Cinema Blend, Gunn explained that in this version of The Suicide Squad, Ratcatcher 2 would have escaped Corto Maltese with that leaked intel about the U.S. Government's involvement with The Thinker's experiments in Jotunheim. However, the rest of the team would have been unaware.

"Waller blew up her head, after they went back to the prison," the filmmaker explains. "At which point, Harley tries to talk Bloodsport -- Bloodsport’s freaking out, because he's connected to this person, like a daughter. And he's freaking out, and Harley is actually being sort of kind, in a weird way, trying to talk Bloodsport into just letting it go. But Bloodsport ends up shooting Waller in the heart with a combustible bullet and threatening to blow her up."

"He shot her right below the heart with one of the exploding bullets, which we see Peacemaker using earlier in the movie. And so now she has to do what he says."

This by no means sounds like a terrible ending to The Suicide Squad, but we're definitely relieved to hear Gunn chose to head down a different route. He went on to tell the site that this ending was "just too dark for me," noting that "It didn't really work for me. It didn't really tell the story that I wanted to tell, which is much more about the characters’ different journeys, emotionally. And for me, really, the ending with Bloodsport petting the rat... that, to me, was the perfect ending for the movie."

Task Force X had blackmailed Amanda Waller and were free to return to their normal lives at the conclusion of the movie, and that happy ending felt earned after everything they'd been through. Ratcatcher's head blowing up? We'll pass on that, though at least Bloodsport and Harley Quinn would have escaped!

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5. A Very Different Task Force X


By the time the movie ends, Amanda Waller has been forced to free Bloodsport, Ratcatcher 2, Harley Quinn, and King Shark, while the rest of the villains she sent to Corto Maltese are now dead. 

We know there are other baddies in Belle Reve (like, uh, Calendar Man), but Waller may well find herself without any legit heavy-hitters now. That's not a bad thing, though, because from a non-storyline perspective, it gives Warner Bros. the freedom to pick pretty much anyone they want from the DC Universe in a possible threequel.

The death of Rick Flag is also going to change the team's dynamic. Without him, who will lead these villains into battle and keep them in check?

Well, we're pretty sure Deadshot would be a good fit to follow in Flag's footsteps...

4. Weasel Trouble In Corto Maltese? 


Starro the Conqueror has been defeated, and Corto Maltese is now a county no longer ruled by a dictator. As a result, things are looking up, but Weasel's survival might be bad news for those who survived that alien's attack (especially as the mindless creature previously killed 23 children). 

We're not expecting this to be addressed in a meaningful way, but a Task Force X member being let loose on the island is likely to make headlines, especially if he winds up with more blood on his hands.

This would make for a great Easter Egg in Peacemaker, even if it's just mentioned on television or the front of a newspaper in the background. This post-credits scene was clearly thrown in just for laughs, but it would be pretty awesome to see Amanda Waller embarrassed in some way by this.

Heck, perhaps one of Peacemaker's earliest jobs could be taking Weasel out?!

3. Harley Quinn Is Free Again


The Suicide Squad didn't really reference the events of Birds of Prey in a meaningful way, and only a throwaway line shed some light on how Harley Quinn ended up back behind bars. 

A bank robbery certainly isn't out of character, but it is a little disappointing given the way things ended with her and young Cassandra Cain in the 2020 movie. Now, though, Harley is once again free to do what she pleases, and our hope is that it leads to a long-overdue team-up with Poison Ivy.

Given the poor commercial performance of this movie (caused by a number of factors including an unclear marketing campaign and COVID-19), there's some doubt about how much of a draw Margot Robbie's Harley actually is. Despite that, we loved her in this movie, and she deserves another shot.

Gotham City Sirens honestly feels like the best possible direction, especially if Catwoman is thrown into the mix. If she's off-limits, then Leslie Grace's Batgirl would be a pretty great substitute. 

2. Bloodsport, The Anti-Hero?


Despite some surface-level similarities to Deadshot, Idris Elba's Bloodsport is a great character in his own right. He goes through a lot in The Suicide Squad, and after saving Corto Maltese, we'd be on board with a redemption art for Robert DuBois. The question is, where would that play out?

An argument could definitely be made that Bloodsport would be a fitting replacement for Rick Flag as Task Force X's leader, but there's no way he's willingly going on more suicide missions for Amanda Waller (he also has what boils down to a get out of jail free card with the drive he managed to acquire).

Unfortunately, that makes us wonder if DuBois' story has perhaps reached its end. 

With James Gunn teasing the possibility of more spinoffs, however, an HBO Max series has to be a possibility, and assuming it happens, pairing Bloodsport up with Ratcatcher 2 is a must. 

1. Peacemaker Lives!


The Suicide Squad's second post-credits scene is definitely more meaningful than the first, and reveals that John Cena's Peacemaker managed to survive being gunned down by Bloodsport.

Now, he's needed for a mission to help "save the f***ing world," and Gunn has teased a big sci-fi element to the story he plans to tell in this eight-part HBO Max series. There's no word on the show's antagonist, but seeing as we never expected to see Starro in live-action, we expect to be surprised!

We know the plan is to explore some of Peacemaker's past, but delving into what he went through as a member of Task Force X is a must. Peacemaker surely feels some guilt after killing Rick Flag, while we're guessing that being bested by Bloodsport has done nothing to help that ego of his. 

Whatever the case may be, we cannot wait to see this story play out next January! 

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Demigods - 10/19/2021, 7:10 AM
It wouldn't have saved that shit terrible movie. I don't know what anyone was thinking, because that was just as bad as the
first one.

Also, first.
Twenty23Three - 10/19/2021, 7:17 AM
@Demigods - Must have seen a totally different film from everyone else then
dragon316 - 10/19/2021, 8:52 AM
@Demigods - I liked them both
solskulldeath - 10/19/2021, 9:50 AM
@Demigods - what are you talking about? the second suicide squad is not a shit movie. most people like it, including me, my brother, friends and even some of my acquaintance
Benjamitesandwich - 10/19/2021, 10:09 AM
@Demigods - It was miles better than the first one.
Arthorious - 10/19/2021, 11:19 AM
@Demigods - while it didn’t make a ton of money, a lot of reviews would disagree with this opinion of yours (rotten tomatoes)
Demigods - 10/26/2021, 11:46 AM
@solskulldeath - I don't personally know a single person who liked it... at all.
Demigods - 10/26/2021, 11:46 AM
@Benjamitesandwich - Meh. I don't think so.
Demigods - 10/26/2021, 11:48 AM
@Arthorious - Rotten Tomatoes is shit as well. I can almost judge how much I'll like a movie by judging it against Rotten Tomatoes. I mean, I'm glad that you enjoyed it. Seriously, I mean it. Good to disagree. I guess I'm just not in the loop.
Demigods - 10/26/2021, 11:51 AM
@dragon316 - I'm legit not being sarcastic when I say, good stuff. I'm glad you liked it. It's cool that they made a movie that seemed to resonate with apparently more people than I realized. I thought it was pretty awful.

The jokes didn't land with me. The action didn't really land with me. It was okay at best IMO.

Like nothing blew me away in any way at all. It wasn't that fun of a movie, wasn't funny, the action wasn't crazy good.... it was just "meh" in every way to me.

The acting was pretty good, but you've got Idris Elba and Margot Robbie leading the way, so it's kinda hard to get that all wrong.

Maybe I was looking for something else. I dunno. Not for me.
Arthorious - 10/26/2021, 8:03 PM
@Demigods - it’s all good. We wouldn’t have sound opinions if we all agreed all the time and gives perspective on what others are thinking.
solskulldeath - 10/27/2021, 12:45 AM
@Demigods - because any single person you know is a douchbag and knows nothing about suicide squad.
Demigods - 10/27/2021, 9:02 AM
@solskulldeath - haha sure thing, keyboard tough guy. I read the comics before DC turned to crap on their 25th retcon. Pretty religiously, actually. I know suicide squad. I just didn't like the movie. And I don't know a single person who did.
Pretty sure that doesn't make everyone I know a douchbag... but it certainly highlights the fact that you are indeed a douchbag for throwing that much shade to someone because they didn't like a movie. calm down dude. It's a movie. I didn't like it. I don't know anyone who liked it. You did. good for you. Seriously.

I like a LOT of movies that a lot of people don't like, so it's probably a taste thing. I thought this movie had a much worse approval among the general public than I had initially thought. Apparently, I was wrong about how many people liked it. That's okay. It's cool and good to be proven wrong. It's not cool to call people douche bag because they didn't like a movie.
Demigods - 10/27/2021, 9:05 AM
@solskulldeath - I mistyped in that last paragraph.
I was apparently wrong about this movie's approval rating among the general population. I thought it was received much more poorly than it had actually been. I know the reviewers liked it, but that is not necessarily indicative of the feelings of the general population.
solskulldeath - 10/27/2021, 10:35 PM
@Demigods - I wish u can draw whatever u said.your words are too long to read.
Demigods - 10/28/2021, 8:37 PM
@solskulldeath - English must be your second language. I said "chill. its a movie. good that you liked it. I did not. Doesn't make me or anyone else a douchebag, and the fact that you said so, kind of indicates that you are, in fact, a douchebag."

So, if I were to draw it, I guess it would look like this:
TheWalkingCuban - 10/19/2021, 7:11 AM
R rating averted? Nah it was all on that level. Guess he just didn’t like it
KWilly - 10/19/2021, 7:20 AM
If it was too dark for James Gunn, then you know we dodged a bullet
generictheeric - 10/19/2021, 7:52 AM
@KWilly - Amanda Waller literally dodged a bullet.
abd00bie - 10/19/2021, 8:02 AM
@generictheeric - she got a golf club to the head lmao
HeavyMetal4Life - 10/19/2021, 7:20 AM
Glad they didn't go with that ending (I'd have been fine with Bloodsport shooting Waller though).
connorblaze - 10/19/2021, 7:29 AM
I love a really dark revenge fuelled ending, but this would have been too heartbreaking. She was so sweet. And bloodsport and harley as the survivors wouldnt have felt like much of a win because neither of that were as likeable as her. Made the right call.

Man I loved this movie. Washed the foul taste of the first one right away.
Mrcool210 - 10/19/2021, 7:52 AM
That ending probably wouldn't have hit for me so im glad they changed it. As it is I honestly didn't feel the father daughter connection between rat catcher and peace maker. I know it was supposed to be there but I just didn't feel much of a connection with any of the characters personally.
I'm really hoping peace maker is more my speed cause I'm still really upset I couldn't get into the Suicide Squad
demonizer84 - 10/19/2021, 8:15 AM
how about an ending where they dont kill the best character in it , flag, movie was better than the first attempt, which tbf doesnt take much. but thats about it.
bobevanz - 10/19/2021, 9:22 AM
I think I got way too hyped for this movie, only for it to be good. I still like it though
BecauseICare - 10/19/2021, 9:24 AM
I think having Flagg AND Ratcatcher die in the same movie would have been - wait for it! - overkill.

OrgasmicPotatoe - 10/19/2021, 9:49 AM
I feel like it would've been too dark, yeah.

But that would have been a nice switch of dynamics. Having Waller be scared for her life might make her change her strategy.
ymk700 - 10/19/2021, 9:58 AM
Glad they didn't go that route. Movie was perfect as is.
PC04 - 10/19/2021, 10:23 AM
This movie was so fun and interesting.
elcamino - 10/19/2021, 11:57 AM
Daniela Melchior is hot.
Kyos - 10/19/2021, 12:09 PM
Good choice. Likely made the difference between TSS becoming one of my favourite contemporary DC movies and it being one I liked weil enough, but probably won't rewatch.
ANewPope - 10/19/2021, 12:43 PM
Daniela looking at Gunn & telling him he's taking it too far
RitoRevolto - 10/19/2021, 5:05 PM
I'm glad he decided to dial it back because yikes. I really enjoyed Ratcatcher II.
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