If you’re watching Suicide Squad this weekend, and you suddenly feel like it looks and feels a little too much like Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, you’re not wrong. As it turns out, director of that movie, Zack Snyder, took over this latest DC Comics adventure for one key scene. And you’ll probably be able to guess which one it is as soon as you see it.
Earlier in the week, we reported that Suicide Squad star Jai Courtney was surprised to learn that he shares screen time with one of the Justice League members. He didn’t know until he watched the finally cut of the movie. As it turns out, he and Ezra Miller, who plays The Flash (aka Barry Allen), were never on set together. Even though they both appear in one of Suicide Squad‘s key scenes. Courtney’s moments were shot on a soundstage in Hollywood by David Ayer, while Miller’s scenes were directed by Zack Snyder in London.
Suicide Squad is the third movie in the DCEU, and the first to not be directed by Zack Snyder, following 2013’s Man of Steel and this past March’s Dawn of Justice. But as it turns out, this latest DCEU adventure still has Snyder’s fingerprints all over it. And that, perhaps, won’t sit well with some fans. Snyder is credited as an executive producer on Suicide Squad, and did have a hand in helping form and shape what we’re getting this weekend. Speaking with David Ayer, Collider learned that his involvement goes even deeper than that.
The scene that Zack Snyder co-directed, as it were, involves a flashback where Jai Courtney’s Captain Boomerang is captured by Ezra Miller’s The Flash. Barry Allen takes down the Aussie bad guy during a daring bank robbery, and allows fans a better look at the Flash and his new big screen costume in action. This moment also helps better connect this shared cinematic universe. As David Ayer explains it, the scene was always intended to be in the movie, but logistically, Miller’s scenes had to be shot in London.
“Flash was always in the movie, we just got lucky because Justice League was happening and they had the uniform, they had the assets, so we were able to get that photography.”
David Ayer goes onto say that Suicide Squad had wrapped principle photography by the time the Flash scene was shot, with the bulk of the movie zipping through post-production. He goes onto confirm that Zack Snyder did, in fact, direct this big cameo. And his signature style is on full display. It didn’t make sense for Ezra Miller to fly to Los Angeles to complete the shots needed, so the whole thing came together on two separate sides of the world. Perhaps this is why some movie critics feel the editing is ‘disjointed’?