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Although Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice set up the direction of DC’s greatest heroes, David Ayer’s Suicide Squad will set the tone of the universe and show us how the villains and heroes truly interact. While the film will focus on the Suicide Squad’s mysterious mission, there will be no shortage of everyone’s favorite rodent themed vigilante, Batman. As it turns out, Batman won’t be meeting these bad guys for the first time. During a recent interview with Fandango at CinemaCon, Killer Croc actor Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje revealed that Batman will have put the entire Suicide Squad away prior to the events of the film.
All of these so-called villains are villains that Batman has had some history with and caught and brought into Arkham Prison. So whether it comes before or after I'm not sure, but I do know he has captured us all and imprisoned in Arkham, so we've all got a gripe to bear against the ol' Bat.
Now that's an interview that gets us excited for the future of the franchise. It seems that Batman has kept himself busy behind the scenes in the DCEU. While Batman v Superman didn’t exactly show him going up against any of his major rogues, Suicide Squad will showcase just how many iconic DC bad guys he has captured during his career. It also seems that they won’t have forgotten him when they encounter the vigilante during the film.
This revelation seems to lend some credence to the idea that Batman will show up in more than just flashbacks. For him to have such a deep connection with each and every member of the titular squad seems to indicate that he will encounter Deadshot, Harley, Boomerang, et al, and they won’t be too pleased to see him. Although clearly not a direct adaptation, it seems like Suicide Squad will bear many similarities to the recent animated film Batman: Assault on Arkham, during which the Suicide Squad similarly engaged in a bitter battle with the Caped Crusader.
Knowing that Batman puts away the entire Suicide Squad raises some questions about the character’s morality in the upcoming movie. Batfleck has shown himself to have no aversion to cold-blooded murder, so his willingness to take prisoners in Suicide Squad sets him apart from what we have seen in the DCEU already. We’re just guessing, but we think David Ayer’s take on the character may act a bit more like comic book Batman than Zack Snyder’s when it comes to racking up a body count.
Despite this awesome news, it still doesn’t exactly tell us how much Batman we will see during the events of Suicide Squad. Although Bruce Wayne will share a connection to the members of the super villain team, that doesn’t mean he will necessarily take center stage for the film. He will likely operate from the shadows, creating an awesome, stealthy mystique to the character that fans have come to know and love in the written and animated source material.
We will just have to wait and see how The Dark Knight factors into Suicide Squad when the highly anticipated action adventure blasts its way into theaters on August 5.