David Ayer Reveals How Long Batman Is In ‘Suicide Squad,’ Will Smith Confirms Ben Affleck Fight

It’s been widely acknowledged that Ben Affleck’s Batman was by far the best part of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. So the news that Affleck’s Caped Crusader will be a part of Suicide Squad was met with a fervent response by moviegoers after he was spotted on the set in Toronto last summer.

But how long will Batman actually be in Suicide Squad? Well, David Ayer has the answer. Not a specific answer, but one that suggests he’s got a perfect handle on how to incorporate Batman into the blockbuster.

After being asked by Fandango, via Comic Book, how much Batman we’ll actually get to see in Suicide Squad, David Ayer teased, “Just the right amount.”

In fact, David Ayer decided to remain very tight-lipped about Suicide Squad, because when he was pushed for answers on whether the film takes place before or after Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice or if it will acknowledge the events that transpired in its predecessor, the filmmaker simply added that “the answer to all of the above is yes.”

Meanwhile, Will Smith, who will play Deadshot in Suicide Squad, admitted that his character does come into contact with Batman in the film, wonderfully teasing, “The Bat does cross my path… and, ya know, it’s not completely pleasant.”

The first trailers for Suicide Squad have given us a few glimpses of Batman tangling with different members of the very evil posse. Not only did the first trailer show Batman hanging on top of a car being driven furiously around a city by the Joker, but the latest trailer, which you can check out above, showed us a different angle of Batman on top of the automobile, his very own Batmobile, then following behind the sports-car, and then Batman himself diving headfirst into water from a bridge.

Basically, the latest trailer reminded moviegoers that even though Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice might have been critically savaged upon its release, Warner Bros. are looking to right this wrong with Suicide Squad while moving their DC Extended Universe ahead at a pace.

It’s also no surprise that Ben Affleck’s Batman is going to feature prominently in Suicide Squad. That’s because most of the villains in the film have repeatedly tussled with Gotham’s most famous son throughout his tenure in the comics.

Deadshot, Harley Quinn, Killer Croc, and, of course, The Joker, each have long and storied pasts with Batman, which it will be hugely exciting to see unfold on big-screen. Especially as Ben Affleck showed off some rather nifty and cunning fight moves in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

But that’s only the beginning, too. Warner Bros. officially confirmed that Ben Affleck will both direct and star in his very own Batman movie for the studio.

While it has long been assumed that this would be the case, Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara finally confirmed this decision while also admitting that Batman v Superman’s $800 million take at the box office was the perfect foundation for the rest of the DC slate.

Tsujihara explained, “It set up a great foundation for our DC slate, which includes at least 10 movies through 2020. I’m also excited to know that we will be working with Ben Affleck on a stand-alone Batman movie.”

It’s also been previously teased that Ben Affleck’s involvement with the film won’t end at just starring and directing the film. Last month, his agent Patrick Whitesell told the Hollywood Reporter that Affleck had also written the script for his own Batman film, too.

[Image via Warner Bros.]