Batman to Appear in ‘Suicide Squad’?

Posted in The Screening Room by - January 21, 2015

Warner Bros’ Suicide Squad was one of the more ambitious and seemingly out of left field comic book adaptations revealed as it takes a relatively unknown book and infuses many big name actors in the roles. The biggest news regarding the film was about Tom Hardy departing from his role. However, Forbes is running a rumor that the Dark Knight may be appearing in Suicide Squad, perhaps in a more significant role than even rumored previously:

Today brought an additional story from Latino Review offering details of the film’s plot, including that it contains some sort of video recordings of Batman. That, however, is reportedly the extent of the Caped Crusader’s presence in Suicide Squad…

Or is it? I’ve heard for weeks that Batman will appear in Suicide Squad, supposedly in an in-story scene, likely at the end of the film and focused on certain circumstances involving the Joker (which I won’t spoil here).

This would set up the Joker as a possible/likely antagonist in the solo Batman movie that’s planned in the next few years, and which I’ve heard will take some inspiration from Frank Miller’s comic book series The Dark Knight Returns — the third issue of which is a story about Batman facing off against an escaped Joker. I’m also told that Gotham City Police Commissioner Ellen Yindel (who replaces James Gordon during the comic book story) is planned for inclusion in the film.

From what I can gather, it appears that Batman would appear, likely in a minor capacity, as a way of setting off a chain of events to lead Jared Leto’s Joker to become the antagonist of the inevitable Batman solo film.

Clearly, this isn’t set in stone as we still don’t even have a replacement for Tom Hardy, and rewrites happen all the time. From Warner Bros’ perspective it does make sense to have Batman be a part of the film to drive revenue as the public will be more receptive to a familiar face in such a new franchise. We already have had the Joker as a villain in two Batman films, so let’s hope if he is the villain for the solo film that they try something new with the character. The solo outing for Batman isn’t likely to come until 2019.

You can see the new Batman in 2016’s Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. 

Thoughts on him being a part of Suicide Squad?

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