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Earlier this year, Zack Snyder tried to change up the post-credits scene game with the release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Instead of doing exactly what Marvel Studios has been doing for the last eight years, the filmmaker tried something different by releasing a spoiler-y bonus clip online a few days after theatrical release. Apparently this isn't going to become the new norm for the DC Extended Universe, however, because writer/director David Ayer has tagged on a special mid-credits scene in Suicide Squad.
The sequence opens with Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) seemingly unaffected by the traumatic events she went through earlier in the movie, and getting back to business. Specifically, she still has some very important cleaning up and covering up to do after Task Force X's attempt to deal with the Enchantress is Midway City. This is something that she recognizes that she can't do herself, so she calls on a pretty big gun: Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck).
Of course, the first son of Gotham isn't in the business of just doing favors for Amanda Waller and the government; he wants something in exchange. The good news is that Waller has exactly what he's looking for -- specifically information being kept on both Aquaman (Jason Momoa) and the Flash (Ezra Miller), which she hands over in manila folders. She coyly explains that while he's interested in making friends, she's interested in creating leverage, and as Wayne gets up to leave, she hints that she knows he's actually Batman: telling him, "You should stop working nights." To this, the Dark Knight retorts, "You should shut it down or my friends and I will do it for you."
In the DC Universe, the relationship between Bruce Wayne and Amanda Waller has classically been an incredibly complicated one - as the two often finds ways to help each other out, but they also individually live by completely different codes. This is obviously exactly what's meant to get across in Suicide Squad's mid-credits sequence, and we expect that this will be far from the last time that we get to see Ben Affleck and Viola Davis' characters interact. But while that is more about planting seeds for the long game, the scene is also very clearly setting up the events that will open Zack Snyder's Justice League movie.
As we saw in the Justice League trailer that was released at San Diego Comic-Con last month, there will be a significant portion of the blockbuster that finds Bruce Wayne recruiting both Aquaman and Flash -- and the path to that destination starts with the files that Amanda Waller gives to him in the Suicide Squad mid-credits sequence (in addition to the files on Lex Luthor's computer in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, obviously). This makes us wonder how exactly Batman will go about bringing Cyborg (Ray Fisher) into the mix, given that Waller didn't have his file and we haven't seen that enlistment session in footage just yet, but that may be something that will be kept for the big screen.
What did you think of the Suicide Squad mid-credits scene? Did it meet your expectations, or were you hoping for more? Are you surprised that it teased Justice League instead of Wonder Woman, when Wonder Woman will be the next DC Extended Universe movie to be released? Hit the comments section below with your thoughts!