Warner Bros. is apparently pushing Batman to be the central driving force of the DCEU. Not only did he hijack the Man of Steel sequel with Batman v Superman, he's the one that brings the team together in Justice League Part 1, and the studio reportedly wants to get an Untitled Batman Reboot in theaters as soon as possible. While he already dominated the scene in this March's Dawn of Justice, he'll return to screens in just 6 short months with a Suicide Squad cameo. But word this afternoon is that Bruce Wayne's appearance might be a bit more substantial than originally thought.
During production on Suicide Squad, paparazzi photos from the set leaked that Ben Affleck would appear as Batman, chasing down The Joker's purple sports car, even taking a ride on top of it. But that chase is not the only Dark Knight footage the movie apparently contains. And audiences at a recent test screening were treated to this extended appearance.
As you may have heard, Suicide Squad is currently undergoing reshoots to add in some much needed humor, heart and a lot more action. At the same time, Warner Bros. has started to test screen a new cut of the movie. While there is no word on the movie's story or how it plays, those who've seen it claim Batman definitely makes his presence known. This news was revealed on Heroic Hollywood. Here's what host Umberto Gonzalez had to say.
The film tested recently, they had test screenings, and according to sources, check this out, there is a lot more Batman in the movie than they are letting on."
Most believed that all of the Batman scenes were part of a flashback involving the Joker. When Ben Affleck was shooting his scenes in Vancouver, both Jared Leto, who plays the Clown Prince of Crime, and Margot Robbie, who plays Harley Quinn, were on the scene as well. This moment also appears in the Suicide Squad trailer.
More Batman at this point makes perfect sense. Bruce Wayne is clearly DC's most popular character. And a lot of the villains in the movie come directly out of The Dark Knight's rogue gallery, and they are no stranger to Gotham. It also makes sense that Batman would be lurking about, as all of these bad guys are currently roaming free on the streets and not locked up in Jail or Arkham Asylum. Some speculate that Ben Affleck's caped crusader has a 'come to Jesus' moment with Viola Davis's Amanda Waller as her plan is revealed to the crime fighter.
Batman is the building block of the DCEU. Don't be surprised to hear Warner Bros. announce that the Untitled Batman Reboot is taking the October 5, 2018 release date slot they staked a claim in earlier this week. Its also heavily speculated that Suicide Squad 2 will take the recently announced November 2019 date. So, what do you think? Are you elated that Suicide Squad has more Batman? Or do you feel this is all just a ruse to get waning interest and eyes pulled back on what Warner Bros. is trying to accomplish with the DCEU? Sound off in the comments below.