Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment made it clear that they were wasting no time in launching a shared, interconnected movie universe with Batman V Superman, but as some predicted, it seem that Suicide Squad may wind up doing the lion's share of the work when it comes to fleshing out the cast and world surrounding Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman. But even ambitious fans may have underestimated how quickly characters would start poking their heads in non-traditional franchises - if the latest Suicide Squad rumor is to be believed.
After actors Scott Eastwood (Fury) and Ray Olubowale (Resident Evil: Afterlife) were added to the cast in unknown roles, rumored details on their characters have arrived. More claims that Olubowale will help bring homicidal King Shark to life is one thing, but for Eastwood, it's a role as longtime Wonder Woman love interest Steve Trevor that lies in his future.
As is true with all rumors, we recommend taking this one with a grain of salt - especially since the role of Steve Trevor has hardly been discussed to this point. Latino-Review claims Eastwood has been selected by Warner Bros. and his Fury director David Ayer to introduce movie fans to Steve Trevor in a small role in Suicide Squad, before taking on a larger part in 2017's Wonder Woman.
The inclusion of Steve Trevor isn't hard to fathom in itself; in the more recent comic continuity, Colonel Trevor was a high-ranking member of A.R.G.U.S. - the clandestine government organization out of which Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) will form the titular squad. With Davis reportedly being sought for multiple DC films going forward, it seemed likely that A.R.G.U.S. would be as ever-present in the shared universe as Marvel's S.H.I.E.L.D..
In the original comic books, it was Steve Trevor's crash-landing on Themyscira, home of the Amazons, that first brought him into contact with Diana. As a result, the two fell in love, and Diana set out to familiarize herself with the outside world as the superheroine Wonder Woman. That origin story has changed with the times, however, with DC's New 52 joining the two former lovebirds years after their first encounter. Having made his feelings clear - and not reciprocated - Steve now acts as a liaison between the US government and the Justice League (and is no stranger to field work himself).
Given all the rumors claiming Suicide Squad will introduce both Harley Quinn and a brand new Joker for later Batman films, and even other Justice League superheroes, using the film to plant a seed for Wonder Woman's own series would be wise. It's too early to guess at which version of the Diana/Steve relationship will be adapted to film - lovers, or partners in global defense - but no Wonder Woman story would be complete without some role to be played by her oldest supporting character.
What may be hardest to believe about this rumor is not only that Steve Trevor will appear in Suicide Squad before Wonder Woman, but that an actor with few leading roles has landed it before rumors of a shortlist ever materialized. That's not to say that Eastwood is a bad choice - merely an unknown one. Perhaps Eastwood caught the studio's eye, and with Ayer's past collaboration, they found him a home in their movie universe.
Although Gal Gadot being cast as Wonder Woman ruffled some feathers, we would bet Eastwood will have a warmer reception. Steve Trevor is best (and practically only) described as an all-American war hero; a courageous man of action - requirements all but filled by the actor's uncanny resemblance to a condensed version of Marvel's Avengers (being Clint Eastwood's son doesn't hurt in that respect, either). In all seriousness, Wonder Woman's mythical origins and Justice League adventures could mean a small or sizable role for Steve Trevor, depending on any number of factors.
We'll keep you up to date if and when some official details or confirmation arrives, but let us know what you think about Eastwood's casting, and his introduction in Suicide Squad in the comments below.
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.