As you well know, David Ayer's Suicide Squad is just around the corner, and it seems like everybody - from the hardcore DC fans to the Batman V Superman haters to the top brass at Warner Bros. - is hoping that it'll turn out to be just the jolt of badassery that the DCU so desperately needs.
If nothing else, it appears the film's got something to attract everyone. You got Will Smith as your big, marquee name. You've got Margot Robbie bringing the (unhinged) girl power as Harley Quinn. You've got a parade of bizarro villains (including a crocodile man who literally eats people). You've got the gigantic question mark that is Jared Leto's take on The Joker. And last - but certainly not least - you've got the Batman.
We've known for quite some time that Batman would be appearing in Suicide Squad, but just today we got a little background on that decision from Ayer himself, via a new interview with Collider.
Asked to clarify if Batman's presence was a studio mandate or something he pushed for, Ayer says:
"Look, you apply at a job for a DC Comic movie and it’s like, ‘Come on, let me get the toys, please. Let me get the cool stuff.’ I begged for that. That was really, really something I wanted. 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.”
And as for what his iteration of Batman might be like, Ayer adds:
“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 seen. 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.”
Ayer's right: except for a few brief sequences (particularly in the Nolan Bat-films), we've never really gotten much of a sense of what Batman encounters must be like for the bad guys. I love this angle. It's fresh, it could be really fun, and lord knows it'll be easy to sympathize with whatever unlucky chumps find themselves in Batman's path. That shit's gotta be terrifying.
Suicide Squad arrives August 5th. We're all counting down the days at this point.