While Marvel plans to unite its cinematic universe in "Avengers: Infinity War," DC Comics is busy building its own world of superheroes and supervillains. DC's next major movie title, "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice," arrives on March 25, followed by the villains of "Suicide Squad" on August 5.

A new "Squad" photo was just released (that's it, above), featuring Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje), Katana (Karen Fukuhara), Rick Flagg (Joel Kinnaman), Deadshot (Will Smith), and Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney).

USA Today debuted the pic and got details on Ben Affleck's role in the David Ayer-directed movie. As they noted, in "Suicide Squad," Deadshot and company are part of a team put together by government official Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) to deal with a mysterious adversary; the movie also showcases a new version of The Joker, played by Jared Leto. Here's the part on Affleck's Batman:

When you have Batman's archnemesis, the hero himself can't be far behind, and one of Ayer's favorite days was filming Affleck's part in Suicide Squad. "We made him fight," the director says with a laugh. "He's awesome (as Batman). ... You really sense that but for the grace of God he himself would be doing some really foul stuff out in the world."

For his own part, Ben Affleck told USA Today he's "bound by nondisclosure clauses a mile long" so he couldn't share specifics about his "Suicide Squad" role. However, he praised the film as "such a cool cousin" to his own, adding, "This thing that is so awesome is somehow related to me, and that was really exciting because it started to feel like a constellation of things, and I've never had that feeling."

When Batman starts feeling "a constellation of things," color us intrigued. Are you excited for the next round of DC movies?

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