After DC and Warner Bros. announced that nine-film lineup back in October, it was pretty clear that they were going the Marvel route and developing a DC Cinematic Universe. Something like that requires character crossovers well beyond a Batman/Superman meet-up, so it’s no surprise that there are some rumors circulating claiming that Ben Affleck’s Batman will make an appearance in Suicide Squad. However, whereas one report insists that Affleck will just make a minimal cameo, there’s another one that just popped up that takes the idea much further suggesting it’ll be a more substantial appearance that will lead to the Batman solo film.
WARNING: There are some potential Suicide Squad and Batman solo movie spoilers in this article!
Latino Review recently posted a spoiler-filled article regarding the plot of Suicide Squad. According to their sources, Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) references Batman and we see him in camera footage, but Affleck never appears in the flesh in the film. Not so says Forbes.
Their contributor claims that he’s been hearing that Batman will make his way into Suicide Squad for an “in-story scene, likely at the end of the film and focused on certain circumstances involving the Joker.” That material will then pave the way towards a Batman solo movie in which the Joker could be a key antagonist.
The Forbes report goes on to claim that this Batman solo movie will draw from Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns. The third issue of that comic book miniseries has Batman going up against the Joker. On top of that, the outlet also throws in that James Gordon’s successor, Gotham City Police Commissioner Ellen Yindel, could be in the film as well.
Clearly this information has rumor written all over it. Forbes even makes a point to note that the DC/Warner Bros. team is still working on the script and making casting changes. But, it’s also hard to dismiss the information because the plan could work. Should Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hit it big on March 25, 2016, fans will be thrilled to see Batman make an appearance in Suicide Squad just about four months later on August 5, 2016. If that goes well and then they launch a Batman solo movie with Affleck facing off against Jared Leto’s The Joker, DC and Warner Bros. could have a colossal hit on their hands.