Batman Appears In The New 'Suicide Squad' Promo, But How Did He Get Involved? — VIDEO
Just like every superhero movie needs their supervillain, DC Comics' highly-anticipated summer blockbuster, Suicide Squad, will feature Jared Leto's Joker, Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn, and more villains into the paths of the so-called good guys. Given the history between the DC heroes and villains in the comics, however, there can't just going to be any old superhero on the front lines. Ben Affleck's Batman will be taking on squad, the antagonist to their protagonist. In the recently released Suicide Squad NBA finals promo, the caped crusader is making quite the grand entrance.
This isn't the first time that DC Comics fans are getting a look at Batman post-The Dark Knight films. However, this is the first time since that trilogy that Batman will be seen facing the likes of the Joker — and numerous other familiar comic book villains. This will create a whole new conflict, one we have never seen before. Batman is seen swooping down onto the Joker's hot pink Batmobile-like car, and the tension between them has already been built up to a point worth fangirling over. Just take a look at Batman's appearance at the 20 second mark to see what I'm talking about. I'll wait for you to stop squealing.
Despite how exciting this new footage may be, it's left me with some questions. There has to be something that links the way that Bruce Wayne left us at the end of Dawn of Justice to his longtime feud with the Joker. Affleck's version of Bruce Wayne is someone who is much older and experienced at the whole Batman-thing, but this only means that there's a history between those two in the past that we have yet to find out. And it hasn't been completely ignored thus far. For example, Wayne referred to the Joker when speaking to Kent in Dawn of Justice, saying that there are "freaks dressed like clowns" roaming around Gotham. So, based off of that, we're about to find out some crazy stuff come August. (Was the fate of Robin involved?)
Zack Snyder hasn't even completely ignored the concept of the two movies connecting through Robin either. The director directly addressed fan confusion over the universe's connections during an interview with Empire magazine, “We are playing him [Batman] 45 or 46. He has been Batman for 20 years. All the history is there. Was there a Robin at one time? Possibly… He has lost those near and dear to him, and not necessarily from old age of disease…” There's a serious possibility that Batman is out for some revenge. And, if that's the case, I'm seriously digging it.
Meanwhile, there also seems to be a missing link when it comes to Superman and Wonder Woman's whereabouts during Batman's quest. Not only are Henry Cavill and Gal Gadot not listed on the IMDB page for Suicide Squad , but their characters also don't have any previously mentioned history with any of the villains the way that Batman does. So, despite the three of them ending as one big happy family for the 2017 release of the Justice League, it seems like they may not be close enough just yet to help each other out on their own personal battles in their own cities. As of right now, I'm guessing that Diana Prince's needs to cover up any loose ends regarding her identity, and Clark Kent is busy laying low at the Daily Planet while continuing to patch things up with Lois Lane and the rest of his recently damaged city.
So get ready for one seriously revealing new movie. Because, when it really comes down to it, fans know nothing about where Snyder is going with this overall cinematic DC universe. And, if the Suicide Squad-watching experience turns out to be anything like Batman V Superman, than odds are it'll be everything but what you were expecting. I'm just going to sit back and wait to see how this all plays out.
Suicide Squad hits theaters August 5, 2016. Get ready for one wild ride.