David Ayer Shoots Down Suicide Squad Fan Theory

Since the first look at Jared Leto’s Joker from Suicide Squad debuted (along with the defaced Robin costume from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice) there has been a fan theory with growing popularity: the Clown Prince of Crime is actually the former Boy Wonder gone bad. What began as simple postulating online quickly gained traction, but director David Ayer is here to derail that train.

Speaking with WSVN-TV, Ayer shot down the fan theory when asked what the most ridiculous rumor he heard about Suicide Squad was. 

“It ain’t the case,” he said. “He’s not.”

You can check out the interview below, with Ayer speaking at the 2:39 mark.

Suicide Squad stars Oscar nominee Will Smith (Ali, The Pursuit of Happyness), Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street, Focus), Joel Kinnaman (Netflix’s “House of Cards”) and Oscar nominee Viola Davis (The Help, Doubt).

It feels good to be bad… Assemble a team of the world’s most dangerous, incarcerated Super Villains, provide them with the most powerful arsenal at the government’s disposal, and send them off on a mission to defeat an enigmatic, insuperable entity. U.S. intelligence officer Amanda Waller has determined only a secretly convened group of disparate, despicable individuals with next to nothing to lose will do. However, once they realize they weren’t picked to succeed but chosen for their patent culpability when they inevitably fail, will the Suicide Squad resolve to die trying, or decide it’s every man for himself?

Written and directed by Ayer based on the characters from DC Comics, the film also stars Jai Courtney (Insurgent), Jay Hernandez (Takers), Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Thor: The Dark World), Ike Barinholtz (Neighbors), Scott Eastwood (Fury), Cara Delevingne (Paper Towns), Adam Beach (Cowboys & Aliens), and Karen Fukuhara in her feature film debut. It is produced by Charles Roven and Richard Suckle, with Zack Snyder, Deborah Snyder, Colin Wilson and Geoff Johns serving as executive producers.

Suicide Squad opens in 3D, and in 2D, and in select IMAX 3D theaters on August 5, 2016.