Ben Affleck's Batman made a "blink and miss" appearance in the new trailer of Suicide Squad. The new promotional for the David Ayer movie, which was aired during Game 3 of the NBA finals, saw the usual members of the Task Force X, including Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Will Smith's Deadshot, Jared Leto's Joker, and a quick glance of Affleck's Dark Knight.
Batman is introduced to the audience in the midst of an action-packed sequence, as he jumps off a building to land straight on top of a speeding red car.
Although not much is revealed about Bruce Wayne's alter ego in the video, the couple of shots mark quite an entrance for the caped crusader starring 43-year-old Affleck.
While the 30-seconds trailer whetted fans' appetite with action-packed scenes, it also confirmed one major bit of news. For quite some time, there were rumours of Affleck making an appearance in the Suicide Squad as the caped superhero.
Watch the trailer here:
With the release of the new promo and consequent news of the Argo actor being spotted on the sets of the movie, it seems quite a possibility for DC fans to see Batman packing a punch in the anti-hero movie.
Since the Christopher Nolan trilogy, this would also be the first time that Batman faces his familiar nemesis The Joker and his likes on the big screen. With the new dynamics in motion, it would be interesting to see how the archetypal conflict between Batman and The Joker is portrayed in the Suicide Squad. Also, fans need a reassuring link in the upcoming movie to Wayne's story at the end of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Director Zack Snyder had earlier told Empire magazine (via Screen Rant) about Affleck's Batman: "He has been Batman for 20 years.... He has lost those near and dear to him, and not necessarily from old age of disease...." If his words are any indication, there might be some connection between the Dark Knight's past and his present in the Suicide Squad: Is he out on the streets for revenge?
Fans of the superhero movie will have to wait till the movie's 5 August release to find out the connection between the villains-turned-operatives and Batman.