'Suicide Squad' Adds Key DC Character Weeks Before Release

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How’s this for a news Flash: Due to a last-minute bout of filming, The Flash will be making an appearance in Suicide Squad, Warner Bros.’ heavily-hyped DC superhero movie that opens in one week, according to several sources.

Ezra Miller, who plays the hero, recently wrapped shooting a scene that will be inserted into the movie, which bows Aug. 5. It is unclear whether the scene was shot in April, when the movie underwent over a week of reshoots, or more recently.

Warners had no comment.

The scene, according to sources, will not be an end credit insert but in the movie itself.

Suicide Squad, which counts Will Smith, Jared Leto and Margot Robbie amongst its ensemble cast, already has enormous audience interest and is tracking to debut to a $125 million opening weekend, if not significantly higher.

But the fact that Warner Bros. added The Flash late in the process is a testament to how it sees the character as being integral to the DC Extended Universe and as a character who can tie many threads together.

Fans seem to be embracing Miller as that character, who is younger and less serious in tone than Batman (Ben Affleck), Superman (Henry Cavill) or Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot). It also highlights the studio's desire to cement an interlocking series of films to rival Marvel Studios' successful Avengers movies.

After the disappointing audience reaction to Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, Warners sought to reshape the tone of Justice League, which began shooting just weeks after BvS opened and is set for a Nov. 17, 2017, release. The footage shown at San Diego Comic-Con included one-liners and a snappy tone lacking from BvS (and present in most of the Marvel Studios movies). And the key scene presented was Bruce Wayne recruiting Barry Allen, aka The Flash.

As opposed to the usual take on The Flash, who in comic book lore is generally portrayed as a forensic police officer, Justice League seems to be casting the character as a weird but funny loner who knows he needs friends and is in awe of the other superheroes. He seems to be acting as the audience’s eyes in the story, the human amongst the titans (even though he can stop time).

The scene shown to the Comic-Con faithful was funny and fresh, and the slow, crackling lightning around Allen received an enthusiastic response. Warners was taking notes.

The question now is whether or not The Flash, who can travel through time, will pop up in Wonder Woman.

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