Comic book movie fans are (impatiently) waiting for the first trailer to Zack Snyder's Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. However, as they bide their time for that, fans have been able to keep busy examining rumors surrounding David Ayer's Suicide Squad. Whether it's what surprises Amanda Waller has in her trophy case, speculation about character outfits, or how Ben Affleck's Batman could fit in, there are plenty of discussions to be had in regards to the project.
Recently, moviegoers were treated to more solid information about the new film, as it was revealed just a couple of days ago Scott Eastwood and Ray Olubawle have joined the cast. Today, the updates continue, as Batman villain Killer Croc has now been cast. Meanwhile, the rumor mill gets fired back up, with new reports on potential character inclusions and where Suicide Squad sits on the DC movie universe timeline.
First, The Wrap is reporting that Lost actor Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje has signed on to play Killer Croc, one of the most powerful adversaries in the Caped Crusader's rogues gallery. Born with a form of atavism that gave him the look of a reptile, Waylon Jones - a.k.a. Killer Croc - has several abilities including superhuman strength and speed, razor sharp claws, and a regenerative healing factor. In recent years, Croc has emerged as a popular fan-favorite and has appeared in numerous media, including the Arkham Asylum video games and several animated film/TV productions. This marks the first time he'll be portrayed in a live-action film.
It is unknown at this point how large Killer Croc's role in the film will be. However, we would not expect it to be significant. A majority of the focus is going to be on the core team (Deadshot, Harley Quinn, Captain Boomerang, and Rick Flagg), meaning that there probably won't be too much time to dedicate to the ever-growing supporting cast. Croc's inclusion will probably be a glorified cameo - perhaps in a prison or Arkham Asylum sequence. That would be an ideal way to introduce his presence in the new franchise, and maybe even set him up for future appearances down the line (Batman reboot). Nevertheless, it will be interesting to see how he fits in to the proceedings.
But the casting additions don't stop here. Super-scoopster Umberto Gonzalez of Latino Review is back with another Instagram post detailing another rumor he's heard. This one claims that the character Plastique (who has appeared in The Flash TV show) will be played by Karen Fukuhara in the film. Allegedly, Plastique (whose power is shooting explosive forces from her body) will be a "minor" player on the movie's team and featured only in one scene taking place in a night club. Take it with a grain of salt, but Gonzalez's earlier rumors haven't been so farfetched - so there could be some validity to this one.
Comic aficionados might recall that Plastique's time on the Squad was a single mission, where she attempted to betray her fellow team members (at the behest of Amanda Waller). Nobody knows if Ayer has something similar in store, but he hasn't been shy about his desire to remain loyal to the source material canon - meaning, it's a distinct possibility.
Gonzalez also dropped another Suicide Squad rumor, this time via Twitter, pertaining to the film's place in the larger DC movie universe timeline. According to his sources, the film's events take place between Man of Steel and Batman V Superman. This last bit may come as a surprise to some viewers, especially considering Suicide Squad will be released five months after Snyder's superhero crossover. How exactly could that pan out? If we take a look at what we've previously heard about Ayer's new movie, the picture becomes (kind of) clear.
When the latest Batman cameo rumor dropped, it was reported that the Dark Knight has the reputation of being a "boogeyman" and is generally despised within the U.S. government. It's largely been assumed the climax of Dawn of Justice will involve Batman and Superman (and Wonder Woman?) teaming up to stop a major threat. If that's the case, then it seems unlikely that Bruce Wayne's alter ego would still be distrusted by high-ranking officials after saving the world and forming a Justice League.
If Batman is viewed in an unfavorable light in Suicide Squad, it's plausible that he still hasn't crossed paths with Kal-El and hasn't really publicly revealed himself. We're willing to wager the events of Batman V Superman will make national news in the DC Cinematic Universe, after all.
But, that's just one possibility. There still is much we don't know about either of these two films. Hopefully the studio will release some official information (something more than still images) soon, as the time could be coming near for them to crank up the marketing machine and begin promoting their blossoming comic adaptation franchise. Fans should have a fun time theorizing about what this all might mean moving forward, in the meantime.
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.