A new detail regarding Batman’s role in the much anticipated Suicide Squad film has just come to light. It’s been clear from the beginning that Batman is not a main character in the film. While this may be true, Batman’s presence will be heavily felt throughout the film but not in the traditional sense. Collider recently spoke with the film’s director, David Ayer, about this and the current theories that are presently are circulating around the web.
“Well we had to make a choice of do we shoot the movie or don’t we shoot the movie? Do we tell the story we want to tell and block the streets off so the people of Toronto don’t see anything? We just said, ‘OK you’re gonna see what you’re gonna see.’ But he has purpose for what he’s doing, and you couldn’t tell the story of the Suicide Squad—as you mentioned so many of the characters that are in that squad had some interaction with him in order to get into Belle Reve, so you have to deal with that at the very least. There’s a lot of information out there, a lot of false information about how these characters play into the A plot. It’s an incredibly complex story with flashbacks and different convergent storylines and things like that.”
Ayer goes on to confess that the character will primarily be seen from the villain’s point of view in the film and that they are absolutely terrified of The Bat. This approach is reminiscent of the story line from “Almost Got ‘Em” from Batman: The Animated Series. In this classic episode, Joker, Killer Croc, Penguin, Two-Face, and Poison Ivy all recount times when they nearly defeated the Batman over a game of poker. Each retelling their encounter with the Caped Crusader from their own point of view with the villains being the main characters in the story.
“All the Batman movies have been from Batman’s point of view. He’s the good guy. He’s the hero of his own movie in all the movies we’ve see,” Ayer explains. “If you look at what Bruce Wayne has done in creating the Batman persona, his idea was to terrorize criminals. It’s sort of psychological warfare against criminals. This wraith that comes in the night and attacks and pulls criminals from society. For the first time, we’re seeing Batman from the point of view of the criminals and he’s freaking scary.”
While we do see glimpses of Batman in various scenes in the trailers, Ayer says that there’s much more that has yet to be seen:
“We have had some material exposed by virtue of being out on the streets and working out on the streets, but it’s a sliver. It’s a fragment and it’s all out of context. For me it’s a lot of fun just to see how people try and assemble these pieces because in their minds, they’re a much larger piece of the film than they’re actually saying. But it takes days and days to shoot a scene so it’s how does all this fit together? That’s the big surprise.”
It’ll be interesting to see what the big surprise actually is and how Batman truly fits into the storyline. So far the buzz and energy surrounding this film has been fun and exciting. I personally am looking forward to this film with great anticipation.
Suicide Squad will be released in theaters on August 5th.