Back when SUICIDE SQUAD was filming, it seemed like there was no semblance of security on set. There were dozens of photos of the Caped Crusader atop the Joker's flamboyant Infiniti G35, and no indication that the studio even cared about making Batman's involvement in the film a secret.
“Well we had to make a choice of do we shoot the movie or don’t we shoot the movie?" Producer Charles Roven told Collider in their set visit. "Do we tell the story we want to tell and block the streets off so the people of Toronto don’t see anything? We just said, ‘OK you’re gonna see what you’re gonna see.’ But he has purpose for what he’s doing, and you couldn’t tell the story of the SUICIDE SQUAD—as you mentioned so many of the characters that are in that squad had some interaction with him in order to get into Belle Reve, so you have to deal with that at the very least.”
So what's the connection between Batman and the rest of the SUICIDE SQUAD? Of course, we know that the character has deep ties to the Joker. In addition to that, according to the report, Will Smith's Deadshot has the words "Die Bat" on the wall of his cell.
And as far as whose idea it was to bring the Dark Knight into the mix, it was actually director David Ayer's.
“Look, you apply at a job for a DC Comic movie and it’s like, ‘Come on, let me get the toys, please. Let me get the cool stuff,’" Ayer told Collider. "I begged for that. That was really, really something I wanted. There’s a lot of information out there, a lot of false information about how these characters play into the A plot. It’s an incredibly complex story with flashbacks and different convergent storylines and things like that.”
Now comes the truly interesting part: how is Batman utilized? It sounds like SUICIDE SQUAD is taking advantage of the fact that we're seeing the film from the baddies' perspectives.
“All the Batman movies have been from Batman’s point of view. He’s the good guy. He’s the hero of his own movie in all the movies we’ve seen. If you look at what Bruce Wayne has done in creating the Batman persona, his idea was to terrorize criminals. It’s sort of psychological warfare against criminals. This wraith that comes in the night and attacks and pulls criminals from society. For the first time, we’re seeing Batman from the point of view of the criminals and he’s freaking scary.”
I'm sold. Though a part of me hopes that Batman will figure into the main plotline, based on the fact that Ayer talks about the convoluted plot -- not the mention the trailers we've seen -- my gut instinct is that he'll be in the Harley Quinn origin flashback.
Either way, we have less than a month to find out!
SUICIDE SQUAD hits theaters on August 5, 2016!
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