Ben Affleck's Batman Rumored to Also Appear in 'Suicide Squad'
While we don't normally run many rumors like this, when Forbes is the one with the scoop, that makes it feel a little more legitimate. First of all, Latino Review has a story spouting off some plot details about Suicide Squad, and they mention that while the villain Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) is in pursuit of super powered heroes and villains, with Batman seen on a surveillance screen, implying that he's on her list. But they specify that Ben Affleck would not appear in any other capacity as Batman. However, Forbes has heard otherwise, and is reporting that Batman will be in Suicide Squad, but at the end of the film. Read on!
The report says this won't be a credits scene, but rather something that happens in-story at the end of the film, and it involves The Joker (Jared Leto). They didn't go into specifics, but considering the relationship between The Joker and Batman, it's not out of the realm of possibility. However, we also don't know when Warner Bros. plans to release a solo Batman film, though 2019 was the rumor last time we heard anything. Supposedly the solo outing would take inspiration from Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns, where Batman faces off with a freshly escaped Joker, and if you read the plot details mentioned earlier, that fits.
In addition, it sounds like the solo Batman outing will shake things up a bit with one of the principal supporting characters. We're used to seeing Batman work with Gotham City police by way of Commissioner Gordon. However, there have been rumblings that Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice takes place at a time when Gordon is dead. Therefore, it's not surprising to learn that Gotham City Police Commissioner Ellen Yindel will come into play at some point. However, when Forbes says the character is "planned for inclusion in the film," it's not clear if they mean Suicide Squad or the solo Batman movie
Anyway, it's clear that DC Comics is planning to make some big links between their forthcoming films as they attempt to build their own big screen comic universe in the wake of the massive success Marvel has had with all the films that tie into The Avengers. They're a little behind, but Batman v. Superman will set the stage, and then Suicide Squad (which just lost Tom Hardy) will hopefully keep the momentum going, especially with a great cast that includes Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jared Leto, Jai Courtney, Cara Delevingne and maybe Jake Gyllenhaal. Stay tuned to see what happens.