How The Suicide Squad Ending Scene Sets Up Suicide Squad 2, According To The Director

Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad

Will there be a Suicide Squad 2? The initial box office numbers suggest that we are heading in that direction, though it's still way too early to tell with any certainty. At the very least, we know that David Ayer ended his movie with a few nods toward the direction he'd like to send his sequel, if it ever were to happen. And now, he's explaining why.

The following story contains SPOILERS for Suicide Squad, so stop reading right now if you haven't seen the movie, and still plan to.

Still with me? Great, then you know that the movie draws to a close with the Suicide Squad back in Belle Reve prison. Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney) is begging the guards to let him out. Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) is back in her cage, sipping espresso from the machine she earned as part of the movie's overall mission. Then, there's an explosion, and the Joker (Jared Leto) -- thought dead -- enters the facility and breaks his true love out of her cell. When asked by Collider why he chose to end the movie on these beats, David Ayer admits to having Suicide Squad 2 in mind, explaining:

I don't want to give stuff away but ... anything is possible, and that's the thing. For as much control and command Amanda Waller has over these guys, at the end of the day, they're supervillains and they're going to do supervillain stuff. Plus, the Joker/Harley relationship just seemed like the right button for the movie. It opens so many doors, if another one of these were ever to turn up under a rock somewhere.

David Ayer is playing his cards close to his vest. When he conducted this interview, it was during the press day in New York City, prior to the movie opening to $133 million in the States. He knows that Warner Bros. is constructing a larger DCEU, and now that these characters have been established, more Harley Quinn and Joker likely is on several Must Have lists over at the studio. Will it be part of a Suicide Squad 2? Or will they break these characters -- from Joker to Deadshot (Will Smith) -- into already announced DC films? I know I want to see Smith going toe-to-toe with Ben Affleck in that solo Batman movie, though I think we need to see Affleck's Batman facing off with The Joker at some point. Right?

This ending is clever in the sense that it's open-ended. The Joker frees Harley, which means they could help carry a Suicide Squad 2. Or they easily could become an issue for a DC hero in a solo movie. Or, this could just be the natural end of this story, and there's no need to catch up with them again. We know that sequels on the radar at DC include Man of Steel 2, but a Suicide Squad 2 feature isn't on the books just yet. Do you want to see it? Do you want Joker and Harley to lead it? Let us know below.

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