Ben Affleck spotted on set of ‘Suicide Squad’
For months, we’ve heard rumors that Ben Affleck’s Batman would be making an appearance in David Ayer’s “Suicide Squad” movie, albeit a small cameo at most. There hasn’t been much concrete evidence to lend credence to this rumor; that is, until today.
Photos have emerged of Ben Affleck arriving at the Toronto airport. It just so happens that “Suicide Squad” is filming in the Canadian city.
— etalk (@etalkCTV) April 28, 2015
Perhaps it was just a coincidence, but soon after photos from the set of “Suicide Squad” showed Affleck walking around in a suit with gray temples, something his Bruce Wayne has become known for.
— Lindsay (@Steele131) April 28, 2015
So, it certainly seems like Affleck is going to make a cameo in “Suicide Squad”, but to what extent? It could be that Affleck is actually there filming a quick flashback scene for “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”. Rumor has it there will be a flashback that focuses on Jared Leto’s Joker killing Jason Todd (a.k.a. Robin).
Keep in mind, Affleck’s Batman is going to be part of a much darker world than we are used to, so taking a page from “Batman: A Death in the Family” seems like a plausible scenario. Going to Toronto where Leto is would make filming that scene a whole lot easier. Then again, why would Affleck be in Bruce Wayne attire?
On the other hand, we’ve been told that “Suicide Squad” takes place between the events of “Man of Steel” and “Dawn of Justice”, so perhaps Affleck’s Batman appears at the end of “Suicide Squad” when the Joker (presumably) escapes from prison. That would be a great way to reference the Clown Prince of Crime in “Dawn of Justice” and also set up a solo Batman flick with Affleck and Leto down the line.
Regardless of what the scenario is, having Affleck and Leto on the screen together in any capacity is a more exciting prospect to me than seeing Batman and Superman face off against each other.
“Suicide Squad” opens August 5, 2016.
Colin J. Liotta is the co-founder and Editor-in-chief of The Sports Hero. You can follow him on Twitter @TheSportsHero.