– by Joseph Jammer Medina

While Suicide Squad may not have been the most beloved film of 2016, it still managed to snag an Oscar at last night’s Oscars ceremony, making it an objectively better movie than, say, The Dark Knight Rises. Kidding. Okay, in all seriousness, Suicide Squad was a flawed movie, but even a flawed film like Suicide Squad could have its strong points, and for that film, it was the characters. At the end of the day, I was ready to see more of these characters — except hopefully in a better plot the next time around.

Warner Bros is hard at work at a Suicide Squad 2, but Suicide Squad director David Ayer has ventured into a spinoff that will center around Harley Quinn and her fellow anti-heroes/villains of Gotham City in the aptly-titled Gotham City Sirens. Other than the initial announcement attaching both Ayer and actress Margot Robbie to the project, there’s been little for us to go on. Earlier today, however, Ayer took to Twitter to share a conspicuous little drawing.

Check it out below:

Comic book fans will recognize the image as none other than Roman Sionis, a.k.a. Black Mask, a crimelord in Gotham City, and a character I’ve always felt served as a foil to Bruce Wayne, given that they both come from privileged families. Considering the number of villains we’ve seen on the big screen, this one is especially unique in that we haven’t seen him executed in live-action before. This alone intrigues me, but in addition to that, we can’t dismiss the fact that this image isn’t just from any ol’ Batman comic, It’s from Under the Red Hood.

Under the Red Hood is a comic that brought back Jason Todd, a character who thought had died long ago. In those panels, Red Hood took on the criminal underworld, including the likes of Black Mask. Could Gotham City Sirens potentially be dealing with the likes of the Red Hood? We did see a graffitied Robin suit in Batman v Superman, so it’s not as if this comes out of left field. But with all that, we have to keep in mind that Ben Affleck’s involvement in this movie will likely be minimal to nonexistent, and we can’t imagine them dealing with the Red Hood without Batman being heavily involved. So unless something over at DC land changes, we’ll take this to only mean that Black Mask could potentially be the main villain of the film.

What do you think? Did Ayer just reveal the villain, or is he just pulling our chain? Let us know in the comments down below!

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SOURCE: David Ayer (via Twitter)

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.