This week saw a lot of story details leaked for the Suicide Squad film. Among them was the reveal that Batman would be referenced and possibly even shown via camera footage. This makes some sense, given the presence of his arch-nemesis The Joker (played by Jared Leto). And now, a new report suggests that the Caped Crusader will make a full-fledged appearance in the supervillain team-up.
According to Forbes, Batman is indeed set to appear in Suicide Squad. His presence, which sounds to be little more than a cameo, is said to be felt near the end of the movie in a scene related to Joker. Apparently, this scene will hint at a solo Batman film, which has already been confirmed to be released within Warner Bros.’ 2016-2020 slate.
Forbes has also heard that this movie, like next year’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, will take influence from Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns. One character from that story who is apparently appearing in the next Batman film is Ellen Yindel, who replaced Jim Gordon as the Gotham City police commissioner in the iconic graphic novel. This is a bit of speculation on my part: Jena Malone was cast in an unspecified role in Batman v Superman, with rumors pointing to Carrie Kelly (the Robin in TDKR). But what if she’s actually playing Ellen Yindel? We’ll just have to wait and see. Forbes adds that the solo film will “apparently” also feature “one or two” masked members of the Bat-Family. Could we see Nightwing? Batgirl? One of the Robins?
The idea of Batman making an appearance in Suicide Squad, even if it’s brief, is surely exciting. It also makes the movie yet another entry of the DC Cinematic Universe to feature the Dark Knight. In addition to Batman v Superman, Ben Affleck is set to reprise the role in 2017’s Justice League Part One and 2019’s Justice League Part Two. He will also likely star in his own film by the end of the decade. Of course, this latest rumor has yet to be confirmed officially, so stay tuned for more as we have it.
Suicide Squad is scheduled to hit theaters August 5th, 2016. The third installment in the DC Cinematic Universe stars Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jai Courtney, Cara Delevingne and Jared Leto. David Ayer writes and directs.