Take a moment and think of the best twist endings in Hollywood films; a moment that came out of nowhere and absolutely floored you. You probably thought “Empire Strikes Back,” “Psycho,” or maybe even “Se7en.” Now, who thought of a more contemporary film? Very few, probably, because the ubiquity of cell phone cameras and internet access have made it easier than ever to analyze the minutiae of a film’s production.

 

The frequency of photos and plot details leaking from sets of highly anticipated films has become customary, so much that audiences officially know too much about films before their premiere.

 

Perhaps no film has a bigger problem with set leaks than the upcoming “Suicide Squad” from Warner Bros. Details leaked to the public range from minor scenes — Deadshot (Will Smith) walking down a street in civilian clothing — to fairly major, such as a car chase between Batman (Ben Affleck), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), and The Joker (Jared Leto).

 

 

These leaks have led to a substantial public outcry, with many excited fans taking to social media to voice their concern that they have seen too much of the film. In the face of this fiasco, “Suicide Squad” director David Ayer sent a tweet out to his fans:

“Well, we survived the streets. Time to go dark now. Remember, only the tiniest glimpse has been exposed. Our surprises are intact.”

 

Leaks have proven to be effective at times. For example, Jared Leto’s gradual reveal of his Joker was a thing of beauty. He controlled the rate at which information was made public, and no real story was revealed, just visuals.

 

Bystander videos have done just the opposite; they ruin the surprise of seeing Batman chase The Joker. It has gotten to the point where many modern films — see: “Inception,” “No Country for Old Men” — have taken to relying on ambiguous endings to get audiences talking, rather than twists.

 

Whether or not secrets remain intact is irrelevant; the integrity of the film has been compromised. Credit must be given to Ayer for addressing the concern, however, as this tweet can go a long way towards reviving confidence in the project. It shows his awareness of the issue and willingness to do something about it.

 

Do you keep up with leaks from movie sets? Do you think this issue is getting out of hand? Comment below or tweet @connerws to give us your opinion!