If you bolted from the theater as soon as the credits started to roll on Suicide Squad, don't fret: You didn't miss much.
Though traditionally a Marvel Cinematic Universe staple, Warner Bros. indulged in a mid-credits scene at the end of Suicide Squad. Typically these brief sequences are used to hype the next film in the franchise, and in doing so, they drop hints and clues for eagle-eyed fans. So it made perfect sense that the DC Extended Universe would attempt to build buzz for its forthcoming Justice League movie with a post-credits scene in Suicide Squad. However, as with most things in Suicide Squad, Warner Bros. failed on its execution.
Post-credits scene work when they give the audience some morsel of new information. For example, at the end of Captain America: Civil War, we not only learn that Cap is keeping Bucky in Wakanda for safekeeping, but we also get our first glimpse of Wakanda — and that alone was pretty cool. As for Suicide Squad? Well, it delivered information we already knew.
Here's how it all went down.
Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) and Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) are sitting in a restaurant having a Very Important Meeting. She tells Bruce that she fears the consequences of word getting out about her idea to form the Suicide Squad, which, as we learn in the movie, was a terrible idea that led to the destruction of much of Midway City. So Wayne strikes a deal: Give him the information he needs, and he'll erase all traces of Task Force X from getting back to her. She reluctantly agrees and hands him a binder containing top-secret information on metahumans The Flash, Aquaman, and Enchantress (the thousands-year-old witch who nearly destroyed the world in Suicide Squad).
Before leaving, Bruce tells Waller to "Shut it down," adding, "My friends and I will do it for you."
Those "friends" he's referring to? That's the Justice League — the superhero foundation of the entire DC Extended Universe. Now, this would have been a great post-credits scene ... if we hadn't already scene it in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice.
In BvS, Bruce and Diana Prince (a.k.a. Wonder Woman) steal encrypted files from Lex Luthor’s computer. These files include an old photo of Wonder Woman from the 1920s, surveillance footage of The Flash, video footage of Cyborg's creation (including what looks like a Mother Box!), and even a brief glimpse of Aquaman in his natural habitat. When we saw that scene back in March, it was awesome. In fact, it was the sole kinetic spark in the film's 2.5-hour runtime. Batman V Superman even ends with Wayne asking Diana to "help me find the others like you" — an obvious reference to the forthcoming creation of the Justice League.
And then, like manna from heaven, Warner Bros. even dropped an epic Justice League teaser at San Diego Comic-Con.
So why did we have to watch Bruce take those files from Waller when we already knew that he was assembling the Justice League? If Suicide Squad takes place after BvS like it's established in the film, this made zero sense as a post-credits scene. Sure, maybe there was information in those files that Lex's files didn't provide, such as addresses — but that still doesn't justify the scene. When Bruce Wayne knocks on Barry Allen's (Ezra Miller) door in Justice League, we're not going to wonder how Bruce knew where Barry lived. He's Bruce Fucking Wayne! Of course he could figure that out.
In fact, this scene only succeeded in making Waller look incompetent. After all, if she had files on Barry Allen and Arthur Curry, then why didn't she try to create her own Justice League — a team of Good Guys who actually want to do some good? Instead she made the reckless decision to use a bunch of hardened criminals to do her dirty work and nearly destroy the world in the process.
It's all a bit odd, don't you think? Sure, Bruce getting some intel on Enchantress might factor in to how they destroy Steppenwolf in Justice League, but it honestly seems like more of the same and altogether kind of pointless. It would have made more sense for Warner Bros. to show us a scene between Batfleck and Jared Leto's Joker. After all, the studio has been hyping their showdown for a solid year at this point, and according to Leto, many of the Clown Prince of Crime's scenes didn't make the film's theatrical cut. Better yet, how about a glimpse into The Joker and Harley Quinn's current whereabouts? Or even another scene between Affleck's Batman and Will Smith's Deadshot, because who doesn't want to watch two movie stars throw punches?!
Honestly, they could have played the Justice League teaser trailer during the post-credits scene and we would have been fine with it. Anything would have been better than more files.