RUMOR CONTROL: David Ayer teases Black Mask as GOTHAM CITY SIRENS villain

This is Rumor Control. Here are the facts. David Ayer may not be helming Suicide Squad 2 (fingers crossed for Mel Gibson) he will be directing the Gotham City Sirens spinoff starring Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn and two as yet to be cast actresses as Poison Ivy and Catwoman. Earlier today, he posted the following picture on Twitter:

For those of you not in the know, the creepy fellow in the black mask is…..Black Mask, aka Roman Sionis. Sionis was a neglected rich kid whose parents were contemporaries of Bruce Wayne’s parents, whom they were not fond of, despite forcing him to befriend Bruce to further their own social standing. He later killed both his parents in a fire for making him break up with a working class model he’d fallen in love with, inheriting their cosmetics company. But, lacking his father’s business acumen, ran it into the ground and lost his fiancée in the process. Bruce Wayne offered to bail him out in exchange for Roman ceeding control of the company over to a new board of directors. Enraged, he ended up at his parents’ crypt, where a lightning bolt damaged his father’s ebony casket. Taking this ad an omen, Sionis used the broken pieces to carve a skull mask and became the supervillain crime lord, Black Mask. Dr. Jeremiah Arkham, director of Arkham Asylum, briefly took up the mantle after suffering a psychotic break following Sionis’ death.

The character has appeared on The Batman, where he was voiced by James Remar, Batman: Under the Red Hood (voiced by Wade Williams), Batman: Arkham City (voiced by Nolan North) and Batman: Arkham Origins (voiced by Brian Bloom). In each, he played the secondary antagonist, which is a role I could see him fulfilling in Ayer’s film. Geneva Robertson-Dworet (Tomb RaiderSherlock Holmes 3) is writing the script and there’s been no indication as to plot other than Harley, Ivy and Catwoman will be working together on “their most dangerous missions yet.”

Check back for more information as it becomes available.


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