Somewhere out there in the ether, there is a version of Suicide Squad that we will likely never see. So many ideas went unused in the final cut of the film that you could arguably make an entirely new movie out of the scraps. In fact, one of the coolest unused ideas apparently involved The Joker (Jared Leto) getting his hands on Batman's (Ben Affleck) sweet ride. Check out the concept art below to see the scene for yourself.
That concept art comes to us courtesy of Ed Natividad, and it suggests an intriguing scene in which Suicide Squad's Joker actually steals (or at the very least gets into) The Batmobile. Although we do not know how this sequence would've fit into the final cut of the movie, its presence here suggests a much more familiar relationship between Gotham's favorite hero and least-favorite villain during the events of the film. After all, in the theatrical (and extended) cut of the movie, they do not even share a single frame of screentime together. This would've substantially changed that idea.
Although we cannot currently confirm anything, this seems to line up with certain things that we noticed during our time at San Diego Comic-Con last summer. The DC booth featured an action figure of Jared Leto's Joker wearing a Batman outfit (which included a few of his unique modifications), and that raised some genuine questions about how much Batman and Joker were supposed to interact with one another in the original vision of Suicide Squad.
It may be nothing, but this action figure (coupled with the concept art of The Joker stealing the Batmobile) lends the sense that Suicide Squad may have originally included a much different dynamic between these two eternal enemies. In particular, it makes us think that Jared Leto's Joker was originally supposed to have a far more playful persona and annoy the hell out of The Caped Crusader. Considering all of the ideas that ultimately went unused in this film, anything seems possible now.
Of course, now that the DCEU has started to find its traction (particularly with the recent announcement of a Nightwing movie) it seems more likely than ever that we may see a humorous encounter between The Clown Prince of Crime and The Caped Crusader over this iconic vehicle sometime soon. The folks behind the scenes at DC clearly have a ton of ideas that they still want to implement into these films, so the future looks incredibly bright for The Dark Knight's corner of the DCEU.
We will bring you all of the latest and greatest DC updates as more information becomes available to us. Suicide Squad 2 is currently in development.