Though Suicide Squad is currently undergoing some reshoots, supposedly to add a bit more fun to the flick after the super-serious Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, a new version of the film has undergone test screenings. There's no word on plot or tone, but one interesting detail from the screening has popped up and it features everyone's favorite masked vigilante, Batman
According to Umberto Gonzalez of Heroic Hollywood, the screenings revealed that Ben Affleck’s Batman, previously thought to have a small cameo in the film, has a much bigger presence than previously thought. Here’s what he said:
The film tested recently, they had test screenings, and according to sources, check this out, there is a lot more Batman in the movie than they are letting on.
Many have assumed that Batman’s time in the film was mainly contained in flashbacks, and involved a chase sequence with a runaway Joker and Harley Quinn. You can see quick shots of Batman in a Suicide Squad trailer clinging to the top of the Joker’s Lamborghini.
While not exactly a bombshell, Batman having more screen time makes sense for several reasons. A few of the villains in Suicide Squad are a part of Batman’s rogues gallery, which includes Killer Croc, Harley Quinn, and, of course, the Joker. If Batman weren’t aware that his villains were suddenly not in jail, then he wouldn’t be very good at his job. It was strongly hinted in Batman v Superman that the Joker killed a version of Robin, and that’s why this Dark Knight is especially brutal. He would probably be hyper aware on his arch foe’s location at all times, and when the Joker runs amuck in Suicide Squad, it could lead Batman to launch an investigation. Perhaps he confronts Viola Davis’ Amanda Waller in an after credits scene?
Another credible reason for this rumor is that Ben Affleck’s portrayal of Batman is one of the positive highlights from Batman v Superman. Most people seem to agree that he did a great job playing a tortured Dark Knight, and Warner Bros. probably took notice of this early on. It could have made the decision for him to be a connection between the two films much easier. Warner Bros. is working hard to build a cinematic universe, and Batman appearing in Suicide Squad would let audiences know that the films are connected.
You can check out the full comments by Heroic Hollywood in their webseries Heroic Insider. Check it out below.
While the webseries delves into all things superheroic, the comment about Batman's involvement in Suicide Squad is sure to delight fans of the Dark Knight. Suicide Squad opens in theaters this summer on August 5, 2016.