In one year, three months, and twenty-one days, we'll finally get to see Batman and Superman coming to blows with each other on the big screen. What Zack Snyder is promising us with his new movie is the stuff of cinematic history, simply because the two biggest superheroes to have ever been created are going to finally share the big screen together, a long-time wish for many, many fans.
But that's not the only history-making part of DC's plan. They are also debuting movies like [Wonder Woman](movie:45787), the first iconic female superhero to grace the audience in her own movie, followed by Justice League, which is bigger than the Avengers (yeah, I said it), at least on paper. Ten movies! Ten movies Warner Bros. and DC are putting out between 2016 and 2020.
But that's not what this article is about. I've already shared my brief expectations and fears about the ten movies that DC has coming out. What I want to talk about now has to do with the strangeness of DC's villain-filled Suicide Squad coming out before Wonder Woman, Justice League, etc. It's the very next movie following Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice. It even comes out in the same year!
It seemed like such an odd choice, and a lot of us asked "Why?" Why would WB/DC - who don't exactly have that great of a track record as far as movies go - risk their effort to establish a shared, cinematic universe between all their characters, by making Suicide Squad one of it's first franchise installments?
But, when the cast of the film was confirmed only two days ago, we got confirmation that this particular iteration of the Suicide Squad would not be exactly identical to anything we've seen in the comics. We're getting Joker, Harley Quinn, Deadshot, Captain Boomerang, and Enchantress, all played by highly sought after actors on the market today.
Let me tell you that speculation went rampant, not about how these characters would fit into the universe per-say, but about what the movie's plot would be. And let me tell you that there were some very interesting guesses, one of them making so much sense, I'll be touching on it in a bit.
But first, let's get into some of the facts and rumors circling around Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice as it pertains to how I'll link it all together.
- Ben Affleck's Batman
We know that Ben Affleck's Batman is an experienced hero, as the rendition of him we are getting is older than the traditional Batman. We also know that he may behave a little differently from previous cinematic versions of the Caped Crusader. Just look at this quote regarding the Dawn of Justice Batman:
"...it's cooler to see a crusty old Batman beating the snot out of guys." ~Zack Snyder
This may be the Batman who pushes the enemies to the very brink of death, a Batman who walks a fine line between right and wrong.
We also know that Batman is super salty towards Henry Cavill's Superman. I think it's a no-brainer saying it has to do with the destruction that happened in Man of Steel. The reason I say that is because of this behind-the-scenes video (below) that was taken by a bystander who saw Bruce Wayne amongst large amounts of rubble and debris, not unlike what we saw in Man of Steel.
- The fanboys who complain about Man of Steel are in the movie
Batman's not the only person that's 'crusty' about the way things went down in Man of Steel. There are people in Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice who feel very angry and hateful towards the Big Blue Boy-scout for his unfortunate but necessary involvement in the battle between him and Zod that took place in Metropolis. As you can see in the picture above, there are protesters who are mocking Superman's actions and protesting his very presence on Earth. In the picture below, you can see that their hatred for the Man of Steel (pun intended) goes so far as to burn a dummy dressed like him.
It's clear that the people don't want a hero, or at least, not a super powerful hero from another planet. They feel threatened by him and feel that he'll only cause more harm than good. So, who is there to step up to the plate to tell this "man" to go? It can't be Batman, no one knows about him 'cause he only works in the shadows without anyone being the wiser.
This leads me to the next point, where I'll start mixing speculation and rumor together to connect it all to Suicide Squad.
- Lex Luthor, the people's hero!
Now, Lex Luthor is one of the richest men in the world, if not the richest (not sure where he stands in relation to Bruce Wayne). We know that his base of operations is always in Metropolis and we know that he definitely has a presence there, due to the occasional logo we'd see in the background of Man of Steel.
We know that in the comics, Lex Luthor wants to be the best at everything, and having a man with the ability to fly and wield super strength is a threat to his superiority. But it's also a challenge for him. In comics I've read, Lex wants to be better - not only for himself - but to also show that mankind on Earth can still be superior to any alien being, no matter what attributes they have. He's constantly seeking ways to progress humanity with the intention of bearing all of its benefits and all the praise for it.
There are also rumors that Lex has been watching and observing metahuman activity for some time. The obvious event being what transpired in Man of Steel. Other rumors suggest that Lex has somehow obtained Zod's corpse to help understand it's biology and find ways to use that information for personal gain. Still other rumor suggest that he's been keeping an eye on a certain woman who walks the streets in our modern day, but has been seen in pictures dating back to the 1800s. The term "wonder woman" was used to describe her.
So, there's no doubt that Lex Luthor is suspicious of metahuman activity, possibly even before the events of [Man of Steel](movie:15593), if these rumors all turn out to be true.
- President Luthor?
Another interesting point is that the year the movie is coming out is 2016, which is of course election year. Here's where I begin to make my connection: What if Lex Luthor is running for President in the film? He did become President at one point in the comics. That may become a reality. If Lex Luthor really stepped out as a symbol and a human hero to opposed Superman, while simultaneously funding the rebuilding of Metropolis, he'd be a hero in the people's eyes. That's a huge PR win if you want to become president.
Now get this, what if he chose as his running mate, Amanda Waller, the person who would go on to head up "Task Force X" also known as the Suicide Squad?
Maybe, he chooses Amanda Waller because he knows that she'll be an asset to him in his drive to find a way to advance his own humanity to a point that will rival Superman's Kryptonian origin. The man is rumored to be in Suicide Squad, maybe that's his role; maybe he's won the election by the end of Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Maybe that's what one of the reported funeral scenes in the movie was about; maybe it was the "untimely" death of his rival candidate which ultimately led to Lex's inauguration as President of the United States of America.
The thing is, no one knows that Lex Luthor is the bad guy - save for a couple superheroes - and even then, maybe not all of them will be entirely in-the-know as to his villainous plots behind the scenes. Maybe as President, he'd more worried about super powered beings existing than he about unleashing a group of known villains out into the world, instead of keeping them behind bars where the should be.
- The Joker is a known presence in the DC Cinematic Universe.
The other rumor floating around the internet lately is that the Joker (who will be played by Jared Leto) will make an appearance in Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice. It was specifically stated that Clark Would know who he was, or know of him, but that he wouldn't be seen in this film. If he is known by Clark Kent, I'd imagine it would have to be because he works for The Daily Planet - and if anyone is going to get some info on the Joker, it'll be them. After all, isn't that why Clark said he'd be working there?
"I gotta find a job where I can keep my ear to the ground. Where people won't look twice when I want to go somewhere dangerous and start asking questions." ~Clark Kent from Man of Steel
What if we see something like the fake headline I made up above ("Joker Behind Bars"), and that's where we find Joker in Suicide Squad: behind bars?
Newsarama Contributor Michael Doran came up with this idea. He stated that perhaps Joker wasn't the main antagonist, or a member of the Squad. Maybe, because of his notoriety, they don't even give him the chance to be a part of the team. But, maybe they're facing a threat so villainous that they need an expert in the psychotic mind of a villain and therefore resort to using Joker as a behind-the-bars consultant alla Dr. Hannibal Lecter in Silence of the Lambs. Think of that movie and how Anthony Hopkins' character gave you chills, even when he was behind bars... now reskin that with the Joker. Frightening, isn't it?
- Harley Quinn origin?
Maybe Margot Robbie wouldn't be a villain right off the bat. If you know about Harley Quinn's origin, you know that she didn't start off an entirely Joker-worshiping nut-case. She was actually a very intelligent psychiatrist who ended up having her mind twisted slowly by the Joker.
Perhaps, that's what will happen in the Suicide Squad movie as well, maybe she will play the Clarice Starling to Joker's Hannibal. Maybe, as we watch characters like Deadshot, Captain Boomerang, Enchantress, and Rick Flag go on these suicidal missions (see what I did there?), we'll get chilling cuts to Dr. Harleen Quinzel interviewing Joker, as Waller hired her to do so.
But maybe as the story progresses, we see that somehow everything was perfectly orchestrated by Joker to serve his own demented goals (whatever they may be in the movie), and obtaining Harley Quinn as a hench-woman was a bonus. Maybe by the end of the film - regardless of whether or not the protagonists achieve success in their mission - we'll see the Joker escaping with Harley Quinn at his side.
Or perhaps Harley Quinn already hit her crazy streak and fallen madly in love with Joker way before this - maybe from the very beginning of things - and has only been posing as Dr. Harleen Quinzel for this specific case. Maybe she has always been fundamental to his escape.
Either way, these two go out with a bang, and we hear no more from them after that. This would leave a big open-ended question of "Where did they go?" "What are they doing?" and it perhaps it can all be addressed in the eventual solo Batman film.
Well, there's my hyper-speculated theory of how [Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice](movie:711870) could connect with Suicide Squad and how Suicide Squad could leave open-endings for future installments in the DC Universe.
What are your guys' thoughts and theories? Comment below!