‘Suicide Squad’: What’s Wrong With the Post-Credit Scene
Spoilers ahead for Suicide Squad!
Ever since Samuel L. Jackson emerged from the shadows to tell Tony Stark about “the Avenger Initiative,” post-credits scenes have been a staple of comic book films. Whether they reveal key plot elements or simply offer one more gag, these scenes have nearly become a requisite part of seeing these films, and audiences now expect them. So, of course, DC obliged with Suicide Squad, in its ever-growing efforts to establish the DC Extended Universe and compete with Marvel.
The divisive response to the film itself aside, the post-credits (or, technically, mid-credits) scene of Suicide Squad is a mixed bag of its very own. Following the team’s successful defeat of the Enchantress, Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) has a secret meeting with none other than Bruce Wayne himself, in which the latter trades his protection of Waller for files on the remaining members of the Justice League. While the implication that Waller knows Wayne’s secret identity is a titillating concept to ponder, the premise of this meeting is fundamentally flawed and raises more questions than it answers.
Let’s start with Waller. The fact that she has to reach out to Wayne for protection flies in direct contrast to the character moviegoers have been introduced to. As portrayed by Davis, Waller is a ruthless force of nature willing to murder anyone who stands in her way or who could even possibly threaten to do so. She wouldn’t likely feel the need to reach out to someone like Wayne for protection, even though he’s a more logical option than the team of villains she assembled (all of whom would like to see her dead).
Moreover, if the situation ever presented itself wherein Waller would need Batman’s help, she certainly wouldn’t be trading information for it. If she knows the Dark Knight’s secret identity, Waller would use that information to get Wayne to follow her orders. The film itself is explicit in that her “superpower” is to get people to act against their will. Why wouldn’t she exercise this fact here, especially since she has such a juicy bit of intel on Batman himself? Her willingness to go quid pro quo with Wayne undermines her own powerful nature and simply doesn’t fit with her devious nature.
Likewise, it isn’t typically Batman’s nature to cooperate with people he knows to be less than moral, and Waller certainly qualifies. He’s often portrayed as the we-don’t-negotiate-terrorists type, and working in collusion with Waller feels beneath him, particularly because the information he wants from her is a blatant retread of the most awkwardly shoehorned moments from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
It’s simply another example of a studio using their current project to build hype for the next one. Besides, if Waller has key details on the Flash, Aquaman, and Cyborg, what’s the logic behind her decision for opting instead to recruit a guy who throws boomerangs or an unstable acrobat with a soft spot for the Joker?
OK, let’s say that Waller — for whatever reason — didn’t want to work with the future Justice League members and had data on their whereabouts that Wayne desperately needed. That still doesn’t mean that Wayne would be willing to trade with Waller for it. In Batman v Superman, he steals Lex Luthor’s files on them, leading us to those fun but random videos.
Setting aside the fact that all of the morally questionable figures in the DCEU are inexplicably sitting on information on these powerful metahumans, Wayne should have been able to get the same data that Waller has through his own means. After all, he is the “world’s greatest detective” and all. Affleck has already proclaimed that his Batman film will embrace this side of the character. Let’s hope he does a better job than the DCEU efforts to date.
In hoping to tease Justice League, the Suicide Squad post-credits scene ultimately undermined the skill and power of both characters featured. Waller and Wayne are powerful loner types who use intellect to triumph and wouldn’t likely partner together on a whim, least of all under these circumstances. Nevertheless, the effort toward world-building on DC’s part has not gone unnoticed. Perhaps future films will better execute this long-term approach.
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