Ratcatcher 2 and Bloodsport in The Suicide Squad
WARNING: The following contains spoilers for The Suicide Squad, now in theaters and streaming on HBO Max. The Suicide Squad
has arrived with glowing reviews and a sense that director James Gunn has delivered something different to the DC Extended Universe
. And that includes the film’s set post-credits scenes, designed to keep the audience viewing the credits in hopes of a pay-off at the end. Gunn delivered a few of the more effective of the Marvel Cinematic Universe
’s post-credits cookies with his two Guardians of the Galaxy
movies, and while The Suicide Squad’s
moments don’t quite carry the same punch, they do hold shades of the R-rated insanity that set this project apart.
Granted, the first scene is less of a teaser and more of a punchline, involving the team’s hilariously unsettling Weasel, but the second features an overt link to an upcoming DCEU project, presented almost as a teaser. Let's break down both moments and explain what they mean for the DCEU.
Weasel Lives to Kill Again
The film’s opening sequence is an extended twist, in which the “Suicide Squad” that first appears on the screen turns out to be decoys to distract from the real team, led by Bloodsport. The decoy team includes Rick Flag, Savant, Harley Quinn, Captain Boomerang, TDK, Blackguard, Mongal, Javelin and the Weasel, an anthropomorphic version of the animal for which he’s named, who drowns after jumping out of the chopper as the team is deployed.
The first post-credits sequence serves as a stinger to that joke. The Weasel’s corpse lies on the empty beach, and as the camera lingers, he sits up, coughs water out of his lungs and scuttles up the beach, presumably to begin mayhem anew. Considering that Rick Flag explained he had killed 27 children, that may constitute a serious problem, and given the overt affection the film lavishes on the character for his comparatively short amount of screen time, a future appearance seems far from impossible.
John Cena's Peacemaker Has More Missions Ahead
From the moment the first teaser for The Suicide Squad dropped, it was clear that John Cena’s Peacemaker was going to be one of the film’s standouts, a fact confirmed with the announcement of an 8-episode series featuring the character on HBO Max next year. The character plays to the actor’s comedic strengths -- a self-deluded jackass living in his own moral universe -- and his apparent death at the hands of Bloodsport during the film’s climax was wickedly fitting.
But sure enough, the final post-credits sequence
reveals Peacemaker to be alive and bandaged up in a hospital. Members of Amanda Waller’s team look on and casually mention that they need him to save the world. It’s an easy tie-in to the upcoming series, but it also promises that series will feature the same kind of off-kilter insanity that The Suicide Squad
delivered in spades. Peacemaker’s return in the post-credits is a signal that DC is just getting started with its new brand of bad guys.
To see how these scenes set up the future of the DCEU, The Suicide Squad is in theaters now and streaming on HBO Max.