As the #DC Extended Universe plods awkwardly along its dark and lonely path, lined with grit and the broken glass of wasted opportunity, we hope that each new installment is going to be the one to bring the franchise to the heights we know DC is capable of achieving. And of the upcoming slew of releases, there's a little project that is sounding pretty exciting right now, Gotham City Sirens.
Let's gloss over the fact for a second that David Ayer — who wrote and directed the poorly received and awkwardly realized Suicide Squad — is getting another crack at the DC plate with #GothamCitySirens. This in itself seems to prove that over at Warner Bros. it doesn't matter if you shouldn't be allowed anywhere near a script, they'll still leave you in charge of their main franchise movies. We call this the Zack Snyder effect.
We're digressing. Ayer teams up with Margot Robbie's #HarleyQuinn alongside two more of Gotham City's most notorious criminals, Poison Ivy and Catwoman. The project is still in pre-production — with the script being penned by up and coming sci-fi writer Geneva Robertson-Dworet — and doesn't have a release date pinned to it yet. It is said to be on the fast track over at Warner Bros. to capitalize on Quinn's appearance in Suicide Squad, and is (very optimistically) expected in 2018 (according to Forbes).
So we don't know very much about the project right now. But, in a new Tweet, Ayer could be teasing the villain of the piece, and he's a familiar face to DC fans.
For the uninitiated, this is Roman Sionis, better known by his moniker Black Mask, a nasty piece of work from the DC annals. Born to an uncaring bourgeois family, he went on to first become a failed businessman, and then a brutal crime boss with a face covered in an ebony mask carved from the casket of his dead father. Talk about dramatics. Later in the comics, his mask could also hypnotize people, so watch out for that.
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The image in question from Ayer's Twitter account comes from the famous Under the Red Hood, which sees the resurrected Jason Todd returning to Gotham on a mission of revenge against both his murderer — Joker — and his mentor — #Batman.
You may remember that the question of Jason Todd was raised many times in the run-up to the release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice due to the popular theory that the #Joker would turn out to be Todd himself. This was of course proven false, but maybe this image is a nod to that furore.
So, what of Gotham City Sirens? Well, Black Mask has clashed with them all at various points, but in particular has a longstanding rivalry running through the comics with #Catwoman, fellow thief and full-time pain in the arse. At various points in DC's history the two have fought, and it's gotten really nasty, really quickly.
One particularly memorable instance occurred in retaliation to Catwoman's Robin Hood antics back in 2003, when Black Mask kidnapped her sister — Maggie Kyle/Sister Zero — and Simon, Maggie's husband. Simon he tortured to death, before feeding his eyeballs to Maggie, driving her insane. Not a nice way to go. But Catwoman got back at him later, shooting him in the head and blowing off his jaw (he came back later though because, of course he did).
During the Blackest Night event, Black Mask returned to go after Maggie once more, and the Sirens — Poison Ivy, Catwoman, and Harley Quinn — came together to fight him off. Now in possession of a Lantern ring, Black Mask could fly and regenerate. But that's nothing to #PoisonIvy, who managed to defeat him by trapping him inside a plant with digestive juices that continuously dissolved his body.
So will we see a flying magic Black Mask being defeated by a huge plant in Gotham City Sirens? Probably not, but it's nice to dream. But given Black Mask's long standing status as one of Gotham's most formidable crime lords, it wouldn't be at all a surprise to see him popping up in the upcoming project alongside DC's favorite bad girls.
Hopefully we'll see him appearing on screen, just as terrifying as he is on the page, and not just reduced to a footnote character (looking at you Slipknot).
Do you think we'll see Black Mask appearing in Gotham City Sirens? Have your say in the comments below!