DC Comics and Warner Bros.’ Suicide Squad continues to capture the interest of fans, marking the first real comic book movie to explore the villains’ side of the shared universe. With iconic DC bad guys and anti-heroes like Deadshot (Will Smith), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Deathstroke (possibly Joe Manganiello), Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) and a new Joker (Jared Leto), Suicide Squad is coming out with big guns blazing on all fronts (characters, cast, action) – and that may include a heavyweight cameo from the likes of Batman (Ben Affleck).
In recent months we’ve heard more and more rumors about how Batman may factor into Suicide Squad, and today comes a bit more elaboration on that point. While it may be just RUMOR, it’s credible enough to be considered a Possible Spoiler.
WARNING POSSIBLE SPOILERS FOLLOW!!!!!!!!
Latino-Review scoopsman El Mayimbe dropped the following about Batman’s appearance in Suicide Squad, via his Instagram account:
Details about THE GOD DAMN #BATMAN in #SUICIDESQUAD! #SPOILER #WARNING According to sources, in the film Batman is some sort of big boogeyman that the government REALLY hates. Get this, prior to the events in #BatmanvSuperman, THE JOKER is the only one to really ever meet him or know him and that's why he's so important to Amanda Waller. They have footage of Batman in action which they watch. There is a bit of dialogue where they say Batman is the key to tracking down all "the supers." Very cool stuff. #DC #DCCU #DCCOMICS #THEJOKER #AMANDAWALLER #THEDARKKNIGHTRETURNS
This description fits with the previous rumors about Suicide Squad’s Batman and Joker connections – as well as general rumors about the context in which Ben Affleck’s Batman exists within this new DC shared universe. It also fits with behind-the-scenes rumors that Ben Affleck would not have to film much new footage to have Batman be a part of the Suicide Squad Movie.
The New Batman
The setup for Affleck’s Batman (as rumored) is that in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice we meet an older, seasoned, semi-retired Batman, who has operated from the shadows for years. After a long career, Bruce Wayne allegedly hangs up he cowl (possibly after losing a side-kick to The Joker), and now maintains order in Gotham City through the use of drones and surveillance.
Comic book fans know that the backstory described above combines elements of several famous Batman comics, such as Frank Miller’s Dark Knight Returns, or the acclaimed alternate-reality storyline, “Kingdom Come”.
The events of Batman V Superman would, ergo, drastically change the playing field, as Batman will likely have to reveal himself as a real heroic icon, which (if this rumored context is true) would have major repercussions throughout the DC Movie Universe.
If rumors about Jared Leto’s Joker are also true – and this depiction of the villain is also drawing from Miller’s Dark Knight Returns storyline – then seeing Batman revealed to the world could inspire Joker to “new activity.” If what El Mayimbe states turns out true as well, then Batman saving the world in Batman V Superman would also put him into Amanda Waller’s crosshairs.
This would all be solid groundwork for the eventual Batman movie reboot, and a re-introduction to the character that is different enough to be distinguished from Chris Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy. It’s also a scenario (Batman being an older mentor figure to a younger Superman) that was suggested long before the DCMU got itself off the ground.
In the end, these rumors seem to converge on the idea that the DCMU is going to be fully interconnected and interwoven at every turn – rather than the more solo story that Marvel used when building their shared universe in Phase I. Not only will characters come in bigger groups, sooner than later, but events of one film will (allegedly) have much more direct impact on the subsequent films that follow, rather than waiting for a team-up event to explore the weight of individual storylines.
Marvel’s formula has worked out to great benefit, so it’s going to be interesting to watch if DC taking a different approach will result in just as much (if not more) success for the studio.
Suicide Squad will be in theaters on August 5, 2016.
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