[Potential SPOILERS ahead for Suicide Squad.]
It always seemed a little unlikely that Ben Affleck’s Batman (whose onscreen debut will be in the March 2016 release Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice) would be entirely left out of the onscreen action in David Ayer’s Suicide Squad. After all, the film centers on a comic book title and villainous characters – including the Caped Crusader’s most iconic opponent – that casual moviegoers are largely unfamiliar. So, having the Dark Knight appear in some capacity in the film would be both good marketing and a chance to illustrate the cohesiveness of the DC Cinematic Universe.
Speculation and rumors (dating back to before Suicide Squad entered production) have centered on exactly how Batman would even fit in with the plot – with recent set videos and images seemingly confirming that Ben Affleck’s Bruce Wayne will be part of a car chase involving Joker (Jared Leto) and his partner in crime, Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie). We may now have more information on how the Caped Crusader fits into the Suicide Squad narrative.
Heroic Hollywood – the new site established by frequent DC movie rumor-reporter El Mayimbe – is claiming that Batman will share a key scene with Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) early on in Suicide Squad. In classic Batman fashion, he inexplicably appears in the shadows inside Waller’s maximum security prison to warn her that he disapproves of the idea behind the Suicide Squad – and that he will hold her accountable for any collateral damage the team inflicts on civilians.
It’s a pretty slick way to bridge the gap between Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and the DC Cinematic Universe’s version of the larger Batman mythos – if accurate, of course. Moreover, it fits with previous reports that Batman has a contentious (to say the least) relationship with the government and that Waller may well be using the Suicide Squad and the Joker in part to take down the Dark Knight. After all, if the team’s existence amounts to the latest move in an ongoing chess game between Waller and Batman, that opens up a ton of interesting plot threads that can later be explored in the inevitable Batman solo film.
Ayer recently indicated that not all of the film’s surprises have been leaked, but it appears (predictably) that more and more details behind the film are starting to find their way into the world well ahead of the movie’s 2016 release date. Nonetheless, based on what we’ve heard, Suicide Squad still very much sounds like a promising comic book film – one we will continue to anticipate over the next year, as more rumors and information (inevitably) come our way.
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