[Minor SPOILERS for Suicide Squad ahead.]
The latest entry into the DCEU (DC Extended Universe), Suicide Squad, was met with less than stellar reviews from critics across the globe. Still, all that negativity hasn’t stopped fans from lining up to see the movie, which is poised to have an impressive opening weekend at the U.S. box office, with $20 million coming from its Thursday night screenings alone.
The movie, based on the DC comic about a team of metahuman bad guys being forced to work for the United States military, has surprisingly polarized fans across the spectrum, with most reactions being all over the place already. Following a report that studio meddling by Warner Bros. could be to blame for (what some consider to be) problems with the movie, director David Ayer (director of Fury and writer of Training Day) was quick to point out that the version of Suicide Squad audiences see in the theaters is 100 percent his vision. However, that may not be entirely accurate.
During an interview with Collider, Ayer let it be known that Batman V Superman director Zack Snyder lent his hand to one particular scene in the movie, specifically a cameo by The Flash:
Flash was always in the movie, we just got lucky because Justice League was happening and they had the uniform, they had the assets, so we were able to get that photography.
Turns out, that Snyder was working on a scene from the upcoming Justice League movie involving The Flash (Ezra Miller); and even though principal photography on Suicide Squad had wrapped, Snyder sent the material over to Ayer, who quickly added the electrifying moment during post-production.
This clearly was wasn’t the Flash cameo Ayer originally planned for his movie. In the Snyder-directed scene, The Flash (Ezra Miller) foils Boomerang (Jai Courtney) during a bank heist. If we look a little deeper at the scene, we can extrapolate a bit more about the Justice League and how characters from Suicide Squad could tie into the DCEU as a whole.
It’s quite possible that Boomerang shows up in the superhero team-up movie. If so, will it only be a cameo, or does he help play a bigger role connecting the two properties together? It would make sense to fold in characters from previous movies in the DCEU, even if they are smaller players in smaller parts. Any mention or sighting of characters to other franchises will only help to strengthen the bonds WB is attempting to create within the DCEU.
Snyder can be something of a punching bag for certain film buffs, and hearing he was behind the camera for even just one scene could be enough to turn him into a scapegoat in the eyes of his biggest detractors. However, at face value, the clip given to Ayer by Snyder for Suicide Squad doesn’t affect the overall quality of the movie. While Snyder was an executive producer on the film, most of the decisions made in regards to character development, storylines and general aesthetics fall squarely on Ayer’s shoulders.
Suicide Squad is in theaters now. Wonder Woman opens on June 2, 2017; Justice League on November 17, 2017; Aquaman on July 27, 2018; an untitled DC Film on October 5, 2018; Shazam on April 5, 2019; Justice League 2 on June 14, 2019; an untitled DC film on November 1, 2019; Cyborg on April 3, 2020; and Green Lantern Corps on July 24, 2020. The Flash and Batman solo movie are currently without release dates.