Reddit user accuses Warner Bros and DC Comics of 'unjust' false advertising
A moviegoer disappointed by the lack of The Joker in the new Suicide Squad film has threatened to sue the makers, claiming that the movie’s original trailers were false advertising.
A Reddit user has alleged that he and his lawyer brother are set to begin legal action against Warner Bros and DC Comics later this week (August 11).
“Movie trailers are like food menus, they give you a preview of what your gonna get,” the post begins, before the anonymous author continues: “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.”
“I drove 300 miles to London to go watch these specific scenes they had explicitly advertised in their TV ads… and they didn’t show them to me,” he went on to add. “I wasted a lot of money paying and travelling to go watch this movie because of these specific scenes they had advertised to me… All lies. I told the theatre about this unjust act and said I didn’t get what I came here to see… can I have my money back. They laughed at me and kicked me out. So I’m now taking this to court.”
“I want my refund, the trauma of being embarrassed as I was being kicked out and people laughing at me for wanting my refund, and also the £160 of fuel money I used to drive to London from Scotland.”
“If you advertise something… give me what you have advertised. Period. This is becoming a habit with movie studios, showing epic scenes in trailers… but [they are] never shown in the movies. It’s unjust.”
Jared Leto, who plays The Joker in the film, recently spoke to NME about the decision to cut Joker scenes from the movie’s final cut. “I understand [this Suicide Squad film] is a bit of an introduction to The Joker. It’s more of a supporting part than it could have been, had they used everything – but there’s a method to [the filmmakers’] madness.”
Leto said in a separate interview: “There are a lot of [Joker] scenes that didn’t make it to the final film. Hopefully they will see the light of day. Who knows.”
Watch the full NME interview with Leto below.
Suicide Squad is in cinemas now. Read the NME verdict here.