by Joshua Starnes, CMRO Editor
It has been much rumored that, similar to Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury, DC would use a recurring character in many of its early DC Cinematic Universe films in order to tie the early films together similar to the work Marvel did with its Phase I films. Many had theorized that character would be Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor, but with multiple reports it seems instead Ben Affleck’s Batman will be filling that role, or potentially sharing it with Eisenberg.
Ever since it was revealed that the Joker would indeed be a major part of the SUICIDE SQUAD film (along with the first live action portrayal of major Joker/Batman supporting character Harley Quinn) it had been noted that it would be the first time Joker had appeared in a film sans Batman and whether that would in fact be true.
It appears that it’s not true after all as location filming in Toronto last week and early this week showcased Jared Leto’s first action sequence/appearance as the character, focusing on an extended car chase with the character (driving a purple Lamborghini) hunting down a motorcycle riding Harley Quinn played by Margot Robbie. When filming on the sequence picked up this week it was joined by the new version of the Batmobile (which will first appear in next March’s BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE) following the Joker-mobile down the wet Canadian streets.
The appearance seems to prove recent rumors as well that the robed and hooded figure seen filming with the crew some weeks ago was in fact Ben Affleck (or at least a stuntman in the Batman outfit).
Meanwhile ARROW’s Willa Holland revealed over the weekend some more of the differences between Marvel and DC, primarily in how their TV and studio groups work together. While Disney has worked hard to make its live action television and film productions some form of homogeneous whole the DC productions have been primarily on their own – creating among other things the current Flash disparity with two different actors portraying the character on film and television.
It is an issue that Warner Bros. seems intent on not repeating with non-major characters being removed from television hands if they are going to play a part in the movies. At least that is the word from ARROW’s Willa Holland who revealed this weekend that the show originally had major plans for the Harley Quinn on their series (the character was teased during an early Suicide Squad episode in the second season) but those plans were scotched by the studio after the announcement of the big screen SUICIDE SQUAD cast where Quinn will be the female lead.
“We had big plans for Harley, but, I guess something came down from DC execs that told us to shut it down . . . we’ll never see it. We would love to do Harley in ‘Arrow’ but it will never happen,” Holland told Flickering Myth.
Sometime later, ARROW’s version of Deadshot was also written out, presumably so as not to sow confusion with the character portrayed by Will Smith in the feature film.
If true it also suggests major recurring Flash Rogues like Captain Cold are likely not in the running for appearing in that characters feature film, but with much in development anything is possible.