Batmobile descends on Toronto streets
When the Joker is in town, Batman is always hot on his heels.
With Toronto’s Yonge Street shuttered for three nights this week so that filmmakers can shoot a chase scene for the DC Comics supervillain film Suicide Squad, the Internet was abuzz after the Batmobile made an appearance in the wee hours Monday night.
Tuesday, director David Ayer decided to give fans – hundreds of whom were lined along six city blocks – what they were clamouring to see.
After a test-run chase scene involving over a half dozen cars, unit publicists announced they were bringing out the Batmobile shortly before midnight. “After that, we need you to go home.”
The scene differed slightly from Monday’s sequence, with cameras set-up to shoot inside of a souped-up Mercedes-Benz.
Unlike the chunkier version that appeared in Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, the Batmobile in Suicide Squad looks sleeker. Up close, the metal looks slightly scarred, hinting that the Dark Knight may have more than just one or two brief cameos.
Manoeuvrability isn't an issue, though. The car was driven south and then turned around to go north, so that fans could take plenty of pictures. And in a chase scene shot after 2 a.m., Bats’ car takes a screeching right turn off of Gerrard Street onto Yonge in full pursuit of the Joker (played in the film by Jared Leto) and Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie).
Additional video shot at Yonge-Dundas square and posted to YouTube shows Bats actually clinging to the roof of Joker’s fuchsia Lamborghini.
Since filming began last month, Suicide Squad has shut down parts of Toronto’s financial district – for a helicopter crash and an action scene outside of the Trump Hotel – and parts of Bloor Street.
Another crash scene was staged on Yonge Street in early May.
Ben Affleck, who is playing Batman in Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, was spotted in April. It was rumoured that he would have a small part in the film, but the Batmobile’s appearance on the streets of Toronto indicates it might be bigger than you think.
Suicide Squad, which also stars Will Smith as Deadshot and Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flagg, continues filming until September and will be released Aug. 5, 2016.