[Potential MILD SPOILERS for Suicide Squad ahead.]
Suicide Squad director David Ayer had promised fans that most of the film’s surprises were still intact, even after the wave of set photos and videos leaked from the movie’s Toronto shoot. Clearly, though, the filmmaker failed to knock on wood, considering the steady flow of rumors, teases, and set photos that have surfaced since then. Indeed, with a certain superhero’s appearance potentially spoiled, along with speculation running rampant regarding other unconfirmed roles, it seems Ayer’s assurance only fueled the rumor mill further, prompting viewers to try and uncover – or impair – those remaining ‘intact’ bombshells.
And many of those bombshells most likely relate to the greater mythology Suicide Squad is helping establish – in order to lay the groundwork for DC’s shared cinematic universe. That said, it’s likely Suicide Squad will feature, or at least tease, several other iconic superheroes, especially considering Task Force X is made up almost entirely of the Justice League‘s worst enemies.
On the back of yesterday’s Batman V Superman rumor (which provided details on both Aquaman and the Flash’s brief cameo appearances in the film), super scoopster Umberto Gonzalez of Heroic Hollywood has further insight regarding the King of Atlantis’s imprisonment. According to his sources, Aquaman (Jason Momoa) is being held captive by Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) in Suicide Squad for the purpose of experimentation. But the more interesting piece of information relates to how the sea-ruling hero came to be imprisoned. Supposedly, he was captured after fighting the supervillain known as King Shark, who is also being held captive by Waller.
First appearing in the Superboy comics, the villain is a humanoid shark whose father is known as the Shark God. While some comic book iterations claim King Shark had a human mother – thus explaining his duplicitous physiology – others simply depict him as a savage mutation birthed from scientific experimentation. Either way, King Shark has posed a dangerous threat to the DC heroes time and time again. Most interestingly, in the New 52 continuity, King Shark was tortured and forced into the Suicide Squad by Amanda Waller. Such a connection could indicate the character’s future larger role in the DCCU beyond appearing merely as a prisoner.
Additionally, while the previous rumor – in which Batman breaks into LexCorp and accesses surveillance footage of Aquaman – suggested Lux Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) may have been responsible for imprisoning the hero, this new information negates that; instead, it hints at a possible partnership between Luthor and Waller. The idea wouldn’t be too surprising, considering both figureheads exist in morally (dark) grey areas and view the members of the Justice League as godlike threats to humanity. In fact, for a brief time in the comics, Waller served as Luthor’s campaign manager during his bid to become President of the Untied States and covered up his many crimes. That said, if the DCCU intends to take a similar route with Luthor’s character, it could be laying the foundation for the two characters’ unlawful relationship early on.
With that in mind, there’s certainly no doubt DC is pulling out all the stops to create an incredibly complex shared universe – one that accurately resembles the rich, interconnected comic book world. The question then becomes: is what they’re building too ambitious, especially without any proven success beyond the divisive Man of Steel? Only time – and the all-powerful box office – will tell.
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice will be in theaters on March 25, 2016; Suicide Squad on August 5, 2016; Wonder Woman – June 23, 2017; Justice League – November 17, 2017; The Flash – March 23, 2018; Aquaman – July 27, 2018; Shazam – April 5, 2019; Justice League 2 – June 14, 2019; Cyborg – April 3, 2020; Green Lantern – June 19, 2020.
Source: Heroic Hollywood