[WARNING: This post contains MAJOR SPOILERS for Suicide Squad]
As the third installment of the DC Extended Universe, David Ayer’s Suicide Squad works at fleshing out the world, shining the spotlight on a collection of villains. There are numerous connections to the larger franchise within the film, and a few of those deal with members of the Squad being apprehended and sent to prison. Batman makes a couple of cameos in confrontations with Deadshot, and then Joker and Harley Quinn. Captain Boomerang’s attempt to rob a bank is foiled by Ezra Miller’s Flash. These backstories were fun for comics fans to see and added to the history of the DCEU.
In an ensemble piece, not everyone is going to get an equal amount of screen time, and that holds true for Suicide Squad. One of the secondary players who is mostly sidelined is Slipknot (Adam Beach), who isn’t introduced in the movie until Task Force X has been assembled for their first mission in Midway City. As a result, some viewers may be wondering how the character ended up in jail. Now, a possible explanation has been revealed.
Empire‘s Nick de Semlyen took to his Twitter account to post an amusing anecdote from his visit to the Suicide Squad set, where Beach detailed what Slipknot was up to before the film’s events. Apparently, he was doing battle with the one and only Diana Prince:
Beach’s description of Slipknot’s past mixed with the the revelation that an alleged deleted scene mentioned he was a serial rapist is a troubling combination that will certainly make some viewers feel uncomfortable. It’s probably for the best that this hypothetical incident wasn’t shown on-camera, but it still would have been nice to hear about through dialogue. Even though Slipknot is the “red shirt” of the team (expendable and only there to highlight the stakes), a criticism of Suicide Squad was that the character didn’t have much to do and was hardly on screen before he was killed off. Given that others on Task Force X received elaborate introductions with flashy graphics and flashback sequences, Slipknot certainly drew the short straw in that regard.
Unfortunately for moviegoers, Beach’s quote is probably the most we’ll hear of this encounter. Gal Gadot was never speculated to have been on the Suicide Squad set, and Wonder Woman is not mentioned on the extensive list of sequences left on the cutting room floor. Some fans might even debate whether or not this can be considered DCEU canon, but since Slipknot no longer has a role to play in the franchise, it’s the best people are going to get. The actor’s contributions to Suicide Squad were extremely brief as it is, so it’s cool for Beach that he was able to flesh out Slipknot a little bit. Who knows? Maybe a future production will make reference to this incident and bring it full circle.
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.
Source: Nick de Semlyen