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Suicide Squad: KTJL Will Show Why DC's Heroes Need Batman (Theory)

DC’s mightiest heroes have been taken over by Brainiac in the upcoming Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League, and it may show why Batman is so important. Batman is one of the JLA’s most important members, and Brainiac’s scheme might’ve only been possible after Batman activated the Knightfall Protocol in Batman: Arkham Knight. Now the Suicide Squad is left to handle a mission in KTJL that could destroy the Arkhamverse. Coincidently, the team is made up of some notable Batman villains.

[Warning: The following article contains spoilers for Batman: Arkham Knight.]

Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League is set in the Batman Arkhamverse and will take place after the events of Batman: Arkham Knight, which leaves open some big questions like if Batman is even alive. Amanda Waller has rallied the Suicide Squad and sent them into Metropolis to assassinate the members of the Justice League and stop Brainiac. The squad’s line-up for the mission is Harley Quinn, Deadshot, King Shark, and Captain Boomerang, the first two of which featured as villains in multiple Batman: Arkham games.

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Batman’s fate at the end of Arkham Knight was ambiguous. Dead or alive, though, the Justice League was made much more vulnerable with Batman out of the picture. This could have paved the way for someone like Brainiac to make their move. As a result, Superman, Green Lantern, and Flash have been brainwashed, with Wonder Woman potentially not being evil in KTJL. It’s not clear yet how many other members of the League are around in this universe, but it’s not a good sign when most of the members succumb to the villain’s plan.

Batman is usually the hero with the plan to save the day, but without him, the only strategy left is for the Suicide Squad to go after the Justice League, which has to be a last-ditch effort. Harley Quinn and Deadshot, the two Batman villains on the roster, are perfect candidates to testify just how critical a member Batman is to the Justice League. They have the most experience with the Caped Crusader, so they know firsthand how Batman thinks and acts in tense situations. The situation in Metropolis at the moment is pretty dire, but could get worse since it’s possible KTJL is hiding more villains than just Brainiac.

The way things are currently shaping up, it looks like the Suicide Squad will have to team up with Wonder Woman to put Brainiac’s plan to an end. In the process, she may confess how difficult it has been since Batman’s disappearance, as it seems likely that the Dark Knight was a member of the League even though the original Batman: Arkham games didn’t acknowledge him as such. Harley responding with some snarky remarks affirming this would fit her character, but it’s still unconfirmed if the game will address the fallout from Batman: Arkham Knight. Batman’s absence or return is one of many unresolved Batman: Arkham questions KTJL needs to answer, but fans will have to wait until 2023 for the chance to get them.

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Suicide Squad: Kill The Justice League is set to launch sometime in 2023.

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