James Gunn is teasing fans on whether Batman will appear in his upcoming Suicide Squad reboot, and it doesn't look like it's good news for fans of the Caped Crusader.
Recalling David Ayer's Suicide Squad in 2016, Ben Affleck had several cameos as Batman. While Ezra Miller's Flash was the one who originally captured Captain Boomerang, Batman tied together the likes of Harley Quinn, Killer Croc and Deadshot. Now, it sounds like Gunn is leaving the return of the Dark Knight to Matt Reeves' The Batman.
When one fan asked to see Batman in Gunn's movie, the director took to Instagram to put an end to the speculation. Gunn wrote: "You can check out Batman in #TheBatman, June 2021. #TheSuicideSquad will feature mostly, you know, The Suicide Squad." Twitter user @NateBrail tweeted his response and said, "James Gunn responding to fans about Suicide Squad and Guardians 3 is my favorite Instagram thing."
James Gunn responding to fans about Suicide Squad and Guardians 3 is my favorite Instagram thing. pic.twitter.com/Hd3JS5Jt94— Nathaniel Brail (@NateBrail) August 11, 2019
It's a typically tongue-in-cheek response from the Guardians of the Galaxy director, however, it's one that makes some sense. With Margot Robbie and Viola Davis tipped to return in their respective roles as Harley Quinn and Amanda Waller, The Suicide Squad is more of a loose continuation than a total reboot. Of course, Gunn could be downplaying Batman's involvement to keep the movie's plot a surprise.
Elsewhere, Robert Pattinson will only just have suited up on the silver screen when The Suicide Squad comes out. Considering Affleck is out as Batman, it would be a strange turn of events to see Pattinson play the part. It might've been a nice idea to include the new Batman in The Suicide Squad cameo, but with Reeves going for a younger Bruce Wayne, it's unclear how this would've worked.
Even though Batman is one of the studio's most marketable properties, the Suicide Squad has survived without him in the comics medium for a long time. Instead, Gunn is keeping the focus on the titular team of villains -- even if he isn't revealing exactly who is in the lineup just yet.
Written and directed by James Gunn, The Suicide Squad is set to hit theaters on Aug. 6, 2021.