Ben Affleck talks Batman cameo in Suicide Squad, plus new image released

The marketing for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has kicked up a notch in the past few days, but Warner Bros. isn't forgetting about its other 2016 superhero flick Suicide Squad. In addition to a brand new image of the gang in action (see above), director David Ayer has been talking with USA Today about what makes his film unique from others in the genre.

"We all need good guys and everything — yay, good guys — but at the end of the day, they’re kinda boring. They’re always going to do the right thing. When you’re dealing with the baddies, it’s easy to get ahead of the audience and invert expectations."

With Ben Affleck's Batman confirmed to make a cameo, we do know that Suicide Squad will feature at least one good guy. "We made him fight," Ayer says. "He's awesome (as Batman)... you really sense that but for the grace of God he himself would be doing some really foul stuff out in the world".

For his part, Affleck remarked that being in Suicide Squad is like having a "cool cousin" and spoke about how his version of the Dark Knight differs from his predecessors. "He's a guy who had been through that experience already for many years and was kind of burnt out and asking himself what the point of it all was and going through an existential crisis." Affleck continues: "Batman is covered up by a suit and sometimes a car and sometimes a lot of vehicles and weapons, whereas Bruce Wayne is much more naked — it’s just you and a suit of clothes."

We may yet get another snippet of Batfleck in action when the second trailer for Suicide Squad is released later this month.

Directed by David Ayer and starring Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jared Leto, Jai Courtney, and Joel Kinnaman, Suicide Squad will open in the UK and US on August 5, 2016.

Images: Warner Bros.

Amon Warmann

Amon is a contributing editor and columnist for Empire magazine, but is also a Film and TV writer for GamesRadar+, Total Film, and others. He has also written for NME, Composer Mag, and more, along with being a film critic for TalkSport. He is also the co-host of the Fade to Black Podcast, and a video mashup creator. Can also do a pretty good Bane impersonation.