The third trailer for WB’s “Suicide Squad” was released last night and the story of the movie is starting to become more clear. From the get go, it is clear that the movie is set after “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice”. Some minor spoilers ahead, during a government briefing Superman is referred to in the past tense. There are also quick images of Viola Davis as Amanda Waller watching the climatic battle from that movie. There were rumors that the movie was supposed to be set in between “Man of Steel” and “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” but that no longer seems to be the case. Though there are hints that there may be some sequences set in the past.
A big question surrounding the movie seems to be who exactly is the villain? Is it The Joker or is it The Enchantress? Is it a mix of the two as there have been precedent for The Joker to hijack another villain’s plot. Or is it someone we haven’t even seen yet? In all the trailers, you can see the Suicide Squad fighting some sort of black creatures. The creatures are never focused on so as there is never a clear shot of them. So what are these things? The Joker and The Enchantress are two heavily featured characters but it is easy to spot that they are not actually members of the team. They are the two unknown factors within the movie and hopefully they remain that way until the actual movie itself is released.
What role does Batman play in the movie? It makes sense that Batman would be a presence in the movie as four of his villains from the comics are in the movie. We also see a chase scene between Batman and The Joker and Harley Quinn. There are rumors that he might be playing a bigger role than a cameo than originally believed. One can hope that he is natural to the movie and not shoehorned in. It is somewhat known that WB can rely too much on Batman and not really give a chance for their other characters to shine. The verdict is still out on how much The Bat is featured.
Finally, it is exciting to see more aspects of the DC Extended Universe being explored. There are talks about Superman and Batman is featured and there are a bevy of villains from the DC Comics universe being featured. Who also knows what characters that are in the movie that we yet do not know of. Though many believe that WB stumbled with “Batman v. Superman” they are still going along and exploring more of their characters and universe that is at their disposal. The DC Extended Universe is alive and seemingly thriving and it is an exciting time.