Suicide Squad is set to star Jared Leto as The Joker, but while the DC villain is the most famous of the whole team, it looks as though he may take a back seat… at least, at first.
According to the Latino Review, The Joker will spend almost the entire film incarcerated… but that doesn’t seem to stop him from causing a bit of mischief.
“[Amanda] Waller has Joker moved to [her] prison as a means to keep Quinn in check,” says their source. “He spends most of the film in a cell, very much like Hannibal Lecter, until he breaks out in the end.”
Of course, DC fans have been wondering exactly how The Joker will fit into the Suicide Squad. After all, he’s not a member of the team when it comes to the comic books. But it looks as though his involvement is minimal… until the end of the movie.
“The script ends with a prison riot where most of them escape, including the Joker,” they reveal. “The Joker has a large part in the movie but doesn’t get involved in any action scene until the very end during the riot where he kills several people.”
Obviously, Warner Bros. is keen to bring this iconic Batman villain back to the big screen… and a big name like The Joker is bound to bring a lot of attention to the relatively unknown Suicide Squad.
But then there’s his escape at the end of the movie…
It seems to me that WB is setting up a potential clash between Batman and The Joker… busting him out of prison in order to antagonise Ben Affleck’s Dark Knight. It’s a nice touch that seems to echo the in-and-out nature of The joker’s comic book prison time.
But what about the rest of the squad?
“Rick Flag is there as a watchdog over Waller,” they explain. “The twist is his character is revealed as being in league with the villain, Rick Flag Snr at the end. (This is what I believe may have been the reason Hardy left) It is out of left field. They want the weapons that Waller has amassed.”
According to their other source, these changes to Rick Flag’s story are the very reason that Tom Hardy quit the project. Considering that this essentially changes the kind of character that he has signed up to play, it’s certainly understandable… and seems to make some sense.
But remember – this is just a rumour until confirmed by Warner Bros.
Will The Joker spend the entire film behind bars? Will Rick Flag turn out to be the bad guy? For now, we’ll have to wait and see.
Suicide Squad heads to cinemas on 5 August 2016.
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