[Potential MILD SPOILERS for Suicide Squad ahead!]
There are currently a whole lot of rumors surrounding Warner Bros./DC's two 2016 movie releases: director Zack Snyder's superhero crossover Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and writer/director David Ayer's super-villain adventure Suicide Squad. These rumors have, if nothing else, provided fans with some fun food for thought to debate/discuss, as they await more official information about these comic book adaptations.
The same goes for today's Suicide Squad rumor: one that concerns badass human Amanda Waller (Viola Davis). Waller is the head of A.R.G.U.S., a U.S. government agency that (in the DC comics universe) is tasked with keeping tabs on all the super-powered individuals who're running amok - whether they have noble intentions (see the Justice League) or not. Hence, Waller assembles the Suicide Squad: a team of super-powered convicts assigned to extremely dangerous operations, in exchange for reduced prison sentences.
Waller is responsible for keeping said super-powered metahuman criminals imprisoned - but what else does she have in her possession? Well, here's the latest scoop from El Mayimbe (who's been dropping Suicide Squad rumors like hotcakes of late):
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The majority of El Mayimbe's Suicide Squad reports - whether they concern Deadshot's (Will Smith) appearance or Harley Quinn's (Margot Robbie) costume/backstory in the film - have been in line with what you might expect from a modern live-action movie adaptation of this particular comic brand. Similarly, most of the rumors about the supporting players in Ayer's movie (be they Hugo Strange or The Thinker) have seemed reasonable - given the world of Suicide Squad - and not so much like a misguided effort to cram a mismatch of comic book characters into the same DC feature.
What's interesting about this new scoop, by comparison, is that it doesn't necessarily confirm what many fans already familiar with the Suicide Squad property have suspected. Rather, it raises intriguing new questions, especially regarding what happens in Snyder's Batman V Superman. After all, it makes sense for Waller to be keeping track of any objects that are strongly connected to the various super-powered metahumans on Earth - but what could've happened to Aquaman, that would've then allowed Waller to get ahold of his most prized weapon?
Jason Momoa's Aquaman is essentially confirmed to make his debut in Batman V Superman, but the general expectation is his appearance would amount to a glorified cameo and little more. If the rumor about Waller's trophy case is true, then does that mean something happens to Aquaman in Snyder's movie - allowing Waller to get ahold of his trident? Or will the weapon appear without explanation, in turn seeding future developments within the DC Universe (recalling how Marvel Studios foreshadowed the future of its cinematic universe with the contents of Odin's vault in Thor (2011))?
Like we said - these are intriguing questions to ask, in the absence of more concrete information about either Batman V Superman or Suicide Squad. Momoa's Aquaman is one member of the Justice League who people have been talking about more and more of late (following the reveal of the actor in character), so this latest tidbit just adds more fuel to the fire.
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.