WARNING: Possible spoilers for both Batman vs Superman and Suicide Squad follow.
Warner Bros and DC Comics officially started their cinematic universe with Man of Steel in 2013. It'll be three years later once [Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice](movie:711870) comes out in March of 2016 but after this movie things are looking to pick up speed and DC will hopefully gain momentum with [Suicide Squad](movie:2283363) and [Wonder Woman](movie:45787) leading up to the Justice League juggernaut.
But how much continuity are they planning to have in these movies? I've already speculated that there may be an old holdover in thinking at work that could result in Warner Bros wanting to take a safe with Wonder Woman by diving into origin story. But there are some clues that could as to how Suicide Squad might be picking up from where Batman vs Superman leaves off.
RIP Jim Gordon
One big hint is the death of Jim Gordon being something of a plot point in Batman vs Superman. While we know that the Joker is locked up when Suicide Squad starts, it's a safe bet to guess that the reason isn't connected to The Dark Knight movie. It would be a pretty cool move to try and hold on to some of Christopher Nolan's work moving forward but you can't cherry pick what you want to keep and what doesn't fit in with Ben Affleck's Batman and Jeremy Iron's Alfred.
The Joker Connection
If DC are trying in earnest to build possibilities and connect the worlds of their superhero characters, you would expect them to start planting some seeds for future Batman movies in Batman vs Superman. What better way to do that than to give audiences a reason as to why and how the Joker ended up in jail and make it extremely personal for Batman? It would perfectly heighten the tension in future meetings between these two characters is Joker is the one who killed Jim Gordon.
While David Ayer is still fine tuning the script for Suicide Squad for its start next month, the rumor that the Joker and Harley Quinn escape at the end is probably not going to change. The possibility of the Joker and Batman meeting again on screen is about as inevitable as the sun rising in the morning. The only question is when and if the DC movies are going to keep up the momentum, the answer to that question could be Justice League.
No one knows what will be transpiring in the Justice League movies at this point but, like Batman vs Superman, we're likely to be spending some time in Gotham. You can bet that the united seven will be facing a more formidable foe than the Joker, but if the anticipation of Jared Leto's performance as the Joker pays off, it would be foolish not to have at least a couple scenes in this two part behemoth about what he's been up to since going on the run in Suicide Squad.
The Luthor Option
Then there's the less likely but still tantalising option of seeing Jesse Eisenberg's Lex Luthor show up in Suicide Squad. This would of course have to mean that his character survives the events of Batman vs Superman, but it seems like his Doomsday creation is going to do most of the fighting in the movie for him. It's a good option and if they pull it off it could open things up for how Lex Luthor might factor into to future DC movies.
All I'm hoping is that DC does take advantage of the situation there are in now of having mapped out the next few years of movies. It would be a shame to have Batman vs Superman being the only movie that feeds into the two Justice League movies. How they are going to take an Aquaman break in between these two movies and not simply make it a stand alone origin story is a question for another time.
I'd like to have some faith that Geoff Johns is behind the scenes at Warner Bros and DC and laying down the foundation of how all these movies will be interconnected aside from the characters all popping up in Justice League. Having the Joker be a main feature of [Suicide Squad](movie:2283363) is too good an opportunity to pass up and I'm really hoping that DC has taken advantage of it by giving the character at least gets some minor verbal set up in [Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice](movie:711870).
What do you think? Will Suicide Squad be a stand-alone movie or will it have it's connections to Batman vs Superman and the Justice League? Which would you prefer?