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Batman’s Role In ‘Suicide Squad’ Teased, He’s The Boogeyman

Latino Review’s Umberto Gonzalez spent last week leaking various details about Warner Bros’s Suicide Squad movie such as Jared Leto’s role as The Joker. Now he’s back with another leak that scream of borrowing from the mythology of Frank Miller’s Batman:The Dark Knight Returns story arc.

Gonzalez posted his leak to Instagram, where he spilled the beans on how Suicide Squad ties into Batman v Superman and why Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) would take a huge risk on a giant psychopath like The Joker.

“According to sources, in the film Batman is some sort of big boogeyman that the government REALLY hates. Get this, prior to the events in #BatmanvSuperman, THE JOKER is the only one to really ever meet him or know him and that’s why he’s so important to Amanda Waller. They have footage of Batman in action which they watch. There is a bit of dialogue where they say Batman is the key to tracking down all ‘the supers.’ Very cool stuff.”

Does that mean a possible guest appearance by Ben Affleck as Batman? Don’t expect any word from Warner Bros. on that front since this is just a rumor at this point. The question is whether studio executives and director David Ayer want to play up that angle of the film prior to its current August 2016 release.

The Dark Knight Returns

Still, this description fits in with the mythology being setup behind the shared universe of Batman v Superman that showed its inspiration from The Dark Knight Returns comic arc since the first trailer leak from 2014’s Comic-Con. Batman is an older character than we have seen in other movies and is despised by the government

However, the fact that he has spent years fighting crime in Gotham underground with few witnesses is a new twist on The Dark Knight Returns formula. That new twist for Batman v Superman does match the description provided by Gonzalez of the Caped Crusader being the boogeyman that only Joker has seen.

The Joker too is reportedly a spin on the character’s The Dark Knight Returns appearance. He’s bigger and more muscular than his traditional comic look and favors suits with exaggerated shoulders, like in Frank Miller’s adaptation.

The Dark Knight Returns - Joker (Frank Miller)
The Joker as he appeared in Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns.

This is how they described the new movie universe of Batman v Superman, Justice League, and Suicide Squad as “inspired by” The Dark Knight Returns. Concepts are being borrowed, but everything is being done in reverse.

Batman and Superman are having their big fight at the beginning of the new universe, rather than the end. This leads to the build-up of the Justice League and future spin-off films for Wonder Woman and Aquaman among others. While this is an exciting time for DC Comic aficionados, Miller’s The Dark Returns is worth the read if you haven’t done so already.

[Images via Batman: Arkham Origins, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns]

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