While the focus of David Ayer’s Suicide Squad – which features a team of supervillains running black ops missions for the US Government in exchange for reduced sentences – is squarely on the bad guys, it would be hard to ignore the fact that Batman appears in both trailers for the film. But contrary to popular opinion, the inclusion of the Dark Knight wasn’t something Warner Bros. forced upon their filmmakers, it was an idea that came directly from Ayer himself.
Speaking to Collider during a set visit last summer, Ayer revealed that he pitched the studio on using Batman for a small role in Suicide Squad:
“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.’ 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.”
While the marketing for the film has only revealed a few brief glimpses of Batman, most of the material seems to be comprised of flashbacks to his earlier encounters with Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) and The Joker (Jared Leto), but Ayer could be hinting that we’ll see more of Batman in the present timeline, perhaps facing off with the entire Squad?
Another interesting concept that Ayer came up with was the idea of portraying Batman from a new angle, seeing him in the same light as the criminals and lawbreakers see him, which is something Ayer was eager to explore:
“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.”
Ben Affleck’s portrayal of Batman has been my favorite part of the DC Extended Universe up to this point, and if Suicide Squad is offering not only more Batman in general, but a new point of view that hasn’t really been explored before, then my excitement for this film is even greater than it was before.
Suicide Squad opens in theaters on August 5.
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