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MFF Special: The Joker Needed 65 Minutes to Setup the Weapon Circle in Suicide Squad

November 16, 2017

The visual of The Joker surrounded by knickknacks in Suicide Squad is an inspired one that says everything we need to know about the guy.

  1. He likes to organize things.
  2. He loves guns
  3. He has a lot of watches
  4. He is computer savvy because he figured out how to keep his tablets and computers from going into sleep mode.


When watching the film I couldn’t help but wonder who set all that up. I don’t think he would allow his henchmen to place the items because he seems like a control freak. So, I’m guessing that he put a list together and his henchmen had to gather everything from various places (storage, corner store, flower shop, black market, Best Buy).

Here is the list and time it took to place everything on the floor. It gives a pretty clear idea of what The Joker had to do.

Quick note: I put this list together via pausing the movie many times, looking at pictures on google and analyzing every angle of the eclectic setup. There may be a few missing items but I managed to piece together 475 individual items and figure out the placement via walking around my living room like a maniac.

Imagine that The Joker wrote this list on personalized stationery.

  • 50 Knives and 1 Hammer – 4 minutes 
  • 1 Captain Ron DVD – Just to Watch
  • 176 wooden things (Piano Keys) – 5.5 minutes
  • 10 Machine Guns – 1.5 minutes
  • 35 Roses – 1.5 Minutes
  • 2 Red Brawndos – Need Electrolytes and his thirst had to be mutilated
  • 13 Bags – 1 minute
  • 15 Watches – 1.5 minutes
  • 2 Massive Machine Guns – 30 seconds
  • 20 Cash Wads – 1 minute
  • 12 Glasses (two six packs)- 1 minute
  • 17 tablets – 20 minutes to place, find website page and switch to a non-sleeping mode
  • 6 laptops – 10 minutes
  • 1 Club Sandwich from great deli around the corner (tip well)
  • 4 Onesies – 1 minute
  • 3 Knives – 30 seconds
  • 52 Joker Cards – 5 minutes
  • 10 Grenades – 1 minute
  • 37 little tchotchkes – 4 minutes
  • 10 handguns – 2 minutes
  • 1 New Clive Cussler book (Preferably NUMA files)
  • 24 bottles of booze (4 boxes of six) – 2 minutes

After everything was collected and placed in easily totable bins The Joker set about placing everything. First, he had to lay on the floor to figure out the radius of the first circle (60 seconds). He started with the knives and worked his way out. Based on how many of the items he could hold at one time (or could be placed in bins) I retraced the steps very loosely and figured out he needed 65 minutes to set everything up. Since everything is organized and I’m guessing he had a plan that allowed him to work at a constant pace that was cautious and prevented double work. The biggest time suck was the configuration of the computers and tablets because he had to find a specific photo or website and make sure the computers didn’t go to sleep. I’m thinking he did this while watching Captain Ron in the background (see list for reference). 

There you have it! The Joker had a clear plan, made his henchmen buy/bring everything, and he set everything up in a direct and confident manner befit of a true madman. Director David Ayer obviously put a lot of thought into the circle and the plan was executed to time wasting perfection. 

Ending Note: I originally was going to attempt to figure out how the joker was able to setup up the massive cash pile in The Dark Knight. My guess is that underneath all that cash is a wooden frame that allowed the henchmen to build the cash mound from the top to bottom. That would alleviate cranes and hours of stacking cash that had to be in nice and organized stacks.

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33 Comments leave one →
  1. John Leavengood permalink
    November 28, 2017 11:23 am

    Scenes like this always stick out to me as I wonder the same exact thing: “who the Hell is taking all the time to set this up…and why?” Sure, it looked awesome and captured some serious dramatic effect. But could you imagine the True Detective investigators trying to figure this out? lol

    Here’s a question to follow this post up… with such gigantic claws, just how exactly did Smaug (or any treasure-hording dragon of fantasy art) transport what appear to be millions (or hundreds of millions) of pieces of gold to his lair? Did he gather them into sacks? Even if so, how does he get individual coins anywhere? I mean, how does he pick them up with those gigantic claws? Did he enslave societies, make them transport his stuff, and then kill them?

  2. February 23, 2018 6:04 am

    I am happy someone finally did the math on this. It has been plaguing man kind for years. I shall sleep better from this day forth.

    • February 23, 2018 9:01 am

      I’m happy to hear that! The world needed to know and now everyone can rest easy and relax.

  3. June 11, 2018 1:01 pm

    What do you reckon was in the 13 plastic bags?

    • June 11, 2018 1:15 pm

      It’s gotta be drugs. Or candy he individually wraps for when he goes to the movies.


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