With all of the SUICIDE SQUAD chatter lately, you’d think the WB/DC film was coming out any day now. You’d think they didn’t currently have a major tentpole out that they should be basking in the glow of. You’d think…eh, I’ll stop there.
SUICIDE SQUAD comes out in four months, and people are already feeling the hype. The film will be unique in its vision, as it looks to do what Sony had wanted to do but never accomplished when they scrapped their SINISTER SIX flick, and focus entirely on villains. While Sony’s SS would’ve banded together Spider-Man‘s rogues, DC’s SS unites a few of Batman’s coolest villains: The Joker, Harley Quinn, Deadshot, Killer Croc, and more.
Now that BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE has come and gone, we’re left with a palpable appetite for all things Batman. Ben Affleck’s take on the character was a fairly universally loved element from that film, and we’ve known for some time that he was going to pop up in SUICIDE SQUAD. The question of how much time we’ll get to spend with The Dark Knight, and what he’ll be up to in SS has been left unanswered. But now, thanks to a feature on Fandango, we’ve got a better idea of what to expect.
Beware, *SPOILERISH* Stuff Awaits!
On the subject of how much Batman we’d be getting in SUICIDE SQUAD, writer-director David Ayer says, “Just the right amount.” Ok, so that was cryptic, but his next answer was subtly revelatory. He was asked if SS takes place before or after BvS, and if it would acknowledge the events seen in the Batman/Superman throw down, and he says, “The answer to all of the above is ‘Yes.’“
Makes sense, no? In BATMAN V SUPERMAN, we got a bit of a tease about this Bruce Wayne’s tortured past when we glimpsed the costume of his former partner, Robin, vandalized with Joker writing on it. Could a flashback be in store to explain what happened there, and to shed some light on the history between Batman and Jared Leto’s Joker? Seems likely. Would SUICIDE SQUAD be used to help advance the overall story of the DC Extended Universe into the future? Also seems likely. Ayer’s answer implies it’ll do both.
Also, we’ve only really seen Batman tussle with Joker in the clips released so far. But are we going to see him cross paths with any of his other rogues? According to Will Smith, who plays Deadshot: Yes. “The Bat does cross my path… and, ya know, it’s not completely pleasant,” Smith reveals. Without quoting him, Fandango also refers to Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, who plays Killer Croc, saying that the actor implies that we’ll see him and Batman share some screen time as well- since The Dark Knight is how all of these scoundrels ended up in prison to begin with.
This tells me that we may see a sort of montage, or perhaps a running gag, where- as we meet each new character- we see how Batman captured them in the first place. Or, and this is just my own imagination, it might be funny to end the film with quick clips of Batman finding each team member and getting them locked up again. Think the end of OCEAN’S ELEVEN. The team was successful, they walk away from their completed mission with pride and walk off into the sunset. Fade to black. Happy ending, right? Wrong. Fade on: One by one they end up back in Batman’s arms. Then, when he goes after Joker, the Clown Prince escapes. Cliffhanger. “See you in Affleck’s solo BATMAN movie!”
What do you guys think of these latest nuggets to fall off of the SUICIDE SQUAD express that WB/DC has been pushing out of the station?