Warner Bros. and DC Comics look as if they’re diving head-first into the whole shared universe trend kicked off by Marvel’s Avengers properties, as new photos appear to show Ben Affleck on the set of Suicide Squad. There has been some speculation that Affleck would make a cameo in Suicide Squad as Batman, but these newest pictures appear to lay to rest all doubts: it seems certain that Batman will pop up in Warner Bros. forthcoming supervillain flick.
The newest pics come courtesy of ETalk, and they don’t give away too much in terms of Suicide Squad‘s plot, aside from the fact that Batman will almost certainly be a part of the action when the Squad takes the screen next year. There’s no shot of the Caped Crusader’s… well… cape, but a look down at Affleck’s legs shows that Affleck – who will first appear as Batman in next year’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice – is wearing what appear to be boots and tights.
Through the sheet draped over Affleck’s head, the outline of the top of Batman’s mask – with distinct Bat-Ears – appears to be visible.
What with the sheet draped over Affleck and all, it appears that Warner Bros. would like to keep Affleck’s Batman turn in Suicide Squad under wraps, but that’s nigh on impossible in this age of endless scoops and telephoto lenses. Already, images have leaked of Will Smith in civilian clothing on the set of Suicide Squad, though the internet hasn’t had the best of reactions to those leaked photos.
Comic fans will no doubt see the sense in having Batman make an appearance in Suicide Squad. The Squad is composed of villains from Batman’s rogues gallery, and Batman’s greatest foe, the Joker, is said to play a pivotal role in the film. From a business perspective, though, the move also makes sense, as Batman is Warner Bros. most marketable superhero property to date, and a cameo from the Caped Crusader will no doubt boost fan interest in Suicide Squad.
When it debuts next year, Suicide Squad will mark the second half of what Warner Bros. hopes will be a grand opening for the DC Cinematic Universe. While Marvel’s Avengers properties have spawned a massive connected universe, with a seemingly unending streak of box office hits, Warner Bros. has apparently struggled to get the DC Cinematic Universe up and running.
Multiple reports claim that there is dissension in the ranks among Warners’ creatives, with many disagreeing over exactly what direction the DCCU should take. The internet’s reaction to the teaser trailer for next year’s Batman v Superman has been mixed, and Warner Bros. is hoping that its take on DC’s classic heroes and villains will lay all doubts to rest. Of course, there’s no way of knowing that until Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad hit screens next year, so fans will have to wait and see.
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