James Gunn spoke with IGN for an exclusive split of the final trailer “The Suicide Squad”, and he was clear that this now infamous battle between Bloodsport and Superman in the movie universe played out much like the one from the original comics. “Bloodsport is in jail for putting Superman in the ICU with a kryptonite bullet,” Gunn explained. Presumably, Superman survived pretty much the same way he did in the comics.
Gunn was clear about something else people have been wondering about for a while: “Yes, ‘The Suicide Squad’ is part of the DCEU,” he said. But then Gunn followed up with something interesting (and less clear): “I do not know which Superman it was because I did not cast the next Superman. So it could be Henry [Cavill]. It could be anyone else. It’s the one people decide other than me. “
There’s a lot of hubbub over Superman’s future in DCEU. Ta-Nehisi Coates, who previously wrote “Black Panther” and “Captain America” for Marvel Comics, is working on a script for a new version of Superman portrayed by a black actor, but we do not yet know how that version of character will fit into the DCEU, or if he wants to be completely in his own universe. For example, he could be a new approach to Clark Kent, but he could also be an alternative universe character like Calvin Ellis or Val-Zod. And none of that answers whether there is still a future for Cavill as Superman in the future.
Does Gunn tell the truth? Or will there be a Superman como in the “Suicide Squad” that he keeps quiet about? We’ll find out when “The Suicide Squad” hits theaters and HBO Max on August 6th.