Minor spoilers ahead for Suicide Squad. Give this one a swerve if you don’t want to be spoiled on what happens in the mid-credits scene (it’s otherwise spoiler-free).
Suicide Squad breaks with DCEU tradition by giving the audience a mid-credits scene to chew on, and not unlike the way Marvel operates, that short but impactful scene has consequences for the future of this cinematic universe. While David Ayer’s movie didn’t fail to deliver on the Easter Eggs front, teasing everything from ACE Chemicals to Watchmen to the iconic cover of Batman: Harley Quinn, but it’s fair to say one of the best was saved for last.
In the mid-credits scene, Amanda Waller is dining at her favorite restaurant, which is otherwise empty because she’s the kind of VIP restaurateurs clear the room for. Across the table sits Bruce Wayne, who appears to be in light spirits (at least, by his own gloomy standards) — which is no surprise, considering Waller has a dossier for him containing the names and all known intel on a vast library of metahumans. Inside the document we glimpse Enchantress, Aquaman and the Flash, and having it in his possession allows Bruce to begin the serious work of bringing together the Justice League.
So what is this Easter Egg? Well, it’s simple: The entire scene is almost a page-to-screen translation of a famous panel from Suicide Squad #10, written in 1988 during John Ostrander’s celebrated run as Task Force X’s creative brain.
In the comic, Waller goes head-to-head with Batman and vows to use the prints he left behind to uncover and reveal his true identity if he goes after the squad, mirroring the moment in the mid-credits where she warns Bruce that he’s been “working too many nights”. These two actually have a rich history of butting heads as a product of their opposing ideals, and it’s easy to imagine that they haven’t seen the last of each other in the DCEU.
The scene is actually more of a big deal than it might seem, considering Suicide Squad, by and large, doesn’t take an awful lot of influence from the comics, particularly in terms of visual motifs or dialogue. While the movie blends together classic ’80s and New 52 line-ups, and borrows the Enchantress story from the former era, it takes some pretty major liberties with the source material (for instance, pitching Task Force X as created expressly to deal with the threat of metahumans, even though most of them possess no actual powers) — so it’s refreshing to see at least one scene which directly homages the comics like this.
Check out our comprehensive video run-down of Easter Eggs in Suicide Squad:
Hopefully, the sequel to Suicide Squad will incorporate more comic book Easter Eggs along these lines, and perhaps establish a more unique visual identity away from the somber color palette of other DCEU movies. Above all, Amanda Waller must return — who else is going to keep Batman on his toes?
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