Suicide Squad director David Ayer has weighed in on one fan's admittedly dark Batman theory about Bruce Wayne's past.
Although the 2016 film focused on Amanda Waller's formation of Task Force X and such DC comics villains as Deadshot, Harley Quinn and Killer Croc, it also featured appearances by Ezra Miller as The Flash and Ben Affleck's Batman. In one scene, Deadshot's daughter steps in front of Batman to prevent her father from killing the vigilante, leading a fan to muse whether "Bruce thinks he should have done the same for his parents so that they’d still be alive?"
Zack Snyder has been particularly active on social media about his role in the DC Extended Universe and confirmed/debunked several fan theories, but Ayer has his own thoughts on that Suicide Squad scenario. But while the film's writer/director certainly explored some dark corners, he's not prepared to go that dark:
Dang that’s dark. I like to think not. https://t.co/x3pC5eLKxH— David Ayer (@DavidAyerMovies) June 3, 2018
While the theory is deep that Batman's altercation with Deadshot may have triggered PTSD from the murders in Crime Alley, it's one that appears to just be one fan overthinking the scene. Adding this to the pile alongside Jared Leto actually being a Jason Todd imitation of the Joker rather than the real deal, yet another Suicide Squad fan theory bites the dust.
Although Suicide Squad was largely panned by critics, several secrets have come to light since the movie hit theaters and have added another level of complexity to the supervillain caper. Only last month, Ayer confirmed a long-lost Easter egg that Joker's therapy bear from the comics appears in the background of Suicide Squad, and suggested there are at least some of Ayer's hidden messages floating around out there.
With Suicide Squad 2 still on the cards for the DCEU's ever-changing slate, who knows what other crazy Batman fan theories will and won't be confirmed in the sequel? Gavin O'Connor is taking over directing duties on Suicide Squad 2, although the movie currently has no release date.