DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. continue to build their DC shared movie universe around two major 2016 movie tentpoles: Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Suicide Squad, the film about a team of DC villains coerced into government black-ops missions.
While director Zack Snyder puts post-production polish on Batman V Superman, director David Ayer (Fury) is currently in the midst of filming on Suicide Squad, which has allowed fans and papparazzi hanging around Toronto to capture set photos and videos that better hint at the film’s storyline. Today, new videos show a major chase scene – one which confirms a long-standing cameo that will be included in the movie.
WARNING – Major DC Movie SPOILERS Follow.
The Big Chase
In these Instagram videos posted below, you will see a pivotal scene from Suicide Squad in which The Joker (Jared Leto) is speeding in (what looks to be) his colorful Lamborghini, with Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) in the passenger seat. As the pair tear through the city, they are suddenly pursued by none other than The Dark Knight himself, Batman (Ben Affleck).
Check out the scene:
These videos seem to clearly relate to some other recent Suicide Squad set photos, which depicted what is presumably a flashback scene to when a gangster-themed Joker lays waste to some goons in order to woo a pre-costumed Harley in his own twisted Joker way.
The chase scene above is from a different time period than the Joker/Harley “courtship” moment; though the “Joker-mobile” looks the same, Joker is wearing different attire in the chase scene (not than the silver jacket and unbuttoned purple shirt seen in the courtship scene). Harley (or at least Margot Robbie’s stunt double in the chase scene) has the pale hair/skin of a fully costumed Harley Quinn, which definitely sets the scene after the one we saw with Harley (in civilian clothes and with fair skin) putting a gun to Joker’s head.
Fun fact: Joker’s white suit Jacket in the chase scene is reminiscent of the character’s outfit in Frank Miller’s iconic “Dark Knight Returns”storyline, so it’s conceivable that this chase scene is a flashback to a reworked version of that comic book.
Bottom line: either these scenes are part of some flashback montage about Joker and Harley’s history together, or one of them (the chase scene) could presumably take place near the end of the film, after a rumored prison riot during which Joker escapes. Just when the Clown Prince thinks he’s home free, here comes Batman.
Admittedly, seeing the Batmobile come speeding around a corner and set off in pursuit of Joker and Harley would be a pretty cool way for Suicide Squad to end. However, previous rumors put Ben Affleck’s Batman on the Suicide Squad set in full costume, and if that’s true, then this chase scene could extend into something bigger – like a Joker / Batman / Harley fight scene.
@rob_keyes all the license plates say Gotham on them not Midway City. So this has to be the beginning of the flick.— Adam Ricard (@Adam1021) May 27, 2015
UPDATE: As you can see from the tweet above from Adam (a reader who was on scene for the Joker chase sequence), the license plates on the cars say “Gotham City” instead of “Midway City.” The latter locale (which is home to DC’s Hawkman) was recently revealed to be the place where another major part of Suicide Squad takes place, as denoted by police cars with Midway City tags.
Given the rumored plot of the film, Midway City could be where the Squad has to pull off a major heist (possibly of a metahuman bio-weapon) – a sequence hinted at in recent set photos. That would mean The Joker/Harley chase is indeed a flashback, as Gotham City is rumored to only appear briefly in the movie.
My guess: this chase scene will either be part of a larger Joker/Harley history montage, or a depict a decisive night between the two and Batman.
With further rumors suggesting that in this continuity Batman has lost a sidekick to the Joker, there’s still a big question of whether or not we could see that decisive trauma play out onscreen in one of these DC movies. Joker going so far as to kill Robin would be one reasonable explanation for he and Harley to split; the game may not have been as fun for her, once things between Batman and her Puddin’ got deadly serious.
But that’s just speculation from an ol’ DC fan. Like many others, I’m curious to see how this chase scene fits in and actually plays out in the Suicide Squad movie.
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice will be in theaters on March 25th, 2016; Suicide Squad on August 5th, 2016; Wonder Woman – June 23rd, 2017; Justice League – November 17th, 2017; The Flash – March 23rd, 2018; Aquaman – July 27th, 2018; Shazam – April 5th, 2019; Justice League 2 – June 14th, 2019; Cyborg – April 3rd, 2020; Green Lantern – June 19th, 2020.
Sources: Instagram and Twitter via CBM