Back in the good old days, you used to be able to get out of your seat and walk toward the exits when the credits started rolling on a movie. The story being told had wrapped, and there was no such thing as a mid-credits teaser, let alone an end-credits stinger that set up ANOTHER movie. Well, that time has come and gone, now that both Marvel and DC are dabbling in mid-credits sequences. The one on Suicide Squad, however, may have come together at the last minute, which meant some rearranging of people's schedules.
This might still be a spoiler for some people, so I'm going to hide the information after this bold WARNING. Stop reading now if you haven't seen Suicide Squad yet, and still want to.
Still here? OK, then you likely know that after Suicide Squad concludes -- when The Joker (Jared Leto) has broken his beloved Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) out of Belle Reve prison, we return to a dinner conversation between Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) and Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) aka The Batman. Waller shares some information with Wayne, and Batman tells her to shut down Task Force X. As it turns out, Davis tells Yahoo Movies that scene was added on at the last minute, explaining:
Don't we all?
What does this tell us? It means that DC and Warner Bros. likely weren't sure if they wanted to get into the mid-credits tease game until the last minute, and finally decided to recruit Ben Affleck and Viola Davis for a Justice League bridge. The sharing of information helps Bruce Wayne on his already stated mission of finding new metahumans for this team that he's putting together. When last we saw Bruce, he only had the snazzy logos and random video footage from Lex Luthor's database. Now? He has government files, which likely put him in direct contact with Aquaman and The Flash.
But it's a slippery slope. Does this mean that we can expect mid-credits sequences on ALL of DC's upcoming films? We can be a spoiled bunch, we comic-book fans. If you give us a taste we'll want more each time.
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Sean O’Connell is a journalist and CinemaBlend’s Managing Editor. Sean created ReelBlend, which he proudly cohosts with Jake Hamilton and Kevin McCarthy. And he's the author of RELEASE THE SNYDER CUT, the Spider-Man history book WITH GREAT POWER, and an upcoming book about Bruce Willis.