Was there ever any question as to whether or not Henry Cavill will show up in Suicide Squad as either Superman or Clark Kent? Apparently so, as the actor was asked the question over the weekend. Merto wanted to know if the Man of Steel will be going toe-to-toe with such iconic super villains as The Joker, Harley Quinn and Deadshot. We already know that Ben Affleck's Batman makes an appearance, which was confirmed in the first teaser trailer released during Comic-Con 2015. But there has been no mention of Kal-El popping up for a cameo.
2016 will be a big year for the DCEU, as DC Comics and Warner Bros. launches both Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad within months of each other. We'll finally get an idea of how this expanded universe will interconnect and crossover. After Comic-Con, which saw some epic new footage teased for both titles, fan enthusiasm is at an all-time high, and it's clear that DC is doing something decidedly different from Marvel.
It's long been rumored that Bruce Wayne is the main connection between Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad. The Joker is said to be the only known criminal to ever come face-to-face with the vigilante, and many suspect the clown prince is responsible for the death of Robin, which is teased in the full-length trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. It has also been long rumored that Jesse Eisenberg's Lex Luthor and Jason Momoa's Aquaman somehow feature into Suicide Squad. But aside from that, it sounded like director David Ayer wasn't planning any major Easter eggs or other crossovers. Not once has it been rumored that Superman shows up in any capacity.
Speaking with Merto, Henry Cavill confirms that he does not appear in Suicide Squad. But, he did leave open the possibility of appearing in Suicide Squad 2, if a sequel is inclined to happen. Given that DC and Warner Bros. have their slate planned out until 2020, it could be at least five years or more before a sequel even emerges.
It shouldn't come as a shock that Clark Kent is being left out of Suicide Squad. Even though Superman is a large, looming presence in the DCEU, it doesn't really make sense for him to show up in the current storyline. The action seen in Suicide Squad sounds far removed from the plot of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Batman's longstanding connection to The Joker does make sense, though. And that's probably the reason for the Ben Affleck cameo. It has long been rumored that Suicide Squad takes place between the action seen in 2013's Man of Steel and next year's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. It's also believed that The Joker will show up in a flashback in that movie. None of which has been confirmed by the studios.
While he won't appear on screen, it's not beyond the realm of possibility for Superman to be mentioned by name in Suicide Squad. And there will probably be one or two somber jokes at his expense, just to let audiences know all of these characters exist in the same world. In the first Suicide Squad teaser, Amanda Waller even speculates that Kal-El's emergence on earth has helped bring other super powered individuals out of hiding. Whether or not his off-screen presence will be felt beyond that is anyone's guess at this point.