In Suicide Squad, during the main plot attack of Midway City by the demon Enchantress and her brother, where was the Batman or the Flash? Why didn't they help Task Force X (aka The Suicide Squad)?

In the stinger - They show Bruce Wayne (aka Batman) is talking to Amanda waller for meta humans files. Guess he was in town?

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    They were in Gotham and Central City, respectively. I don't think there is a good in-universe explanation why a few hundred superheroes from that universe didn't swarm Midway City. Aug 8, 2016 at 11:21
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    I can understand Batman not being there (he's just a guy, after all, and we don't know how far Midway City is from Gotham), but the Flash really has no excuse. At the end of the day, it's a film about the Suicide Squad, which is why Flash didn't run in and save the day. Aug 8, 2016 at 11:24
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    @verdan because this universe doesn't have a few hundred heroes yet. All recently emerging.
    – cde
    Aug 8, 2016 at 11:53
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    @BigTallJosh But he didn't got the file about superheros till the end of film , so obviously he didn't started travelling yet.
    – Ankit Sharma
    Aug 8, 2016 at 13:11
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    @AnkitSharma During BvS he decrypted Lex Luther's files on the meta-humans. So he already had some information on them. At the end of BvS he speaks with WW about bringing them all together. We can assume there is a fair period of time between end BvS and start SS. There is nothing to strictly dictate when he speaks to Waller at the end of SS, although him saying something like "let my team do it instead" we can probs assume it is post-SS. Even then that could just be additional information. The files Waller gave show Enchantress too, he could be after more info on metas. We wont know till JL Aug 8, 2016 at 13:19

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Out of universe explanation :

The film is about the Suicide squad and Batman or the Flash barging in to save the day wouldn't make much sense as 'Dr R Dizzle' pointed out.

In universe explanation :

This mission was about proving the worth of Waller's Suicide squad to the elites. Batman saving the day would have just been an embarrassment for her and she might have asked Wayne to stand down until they were sure of the squad's failure if he wanted the files.

That would mean more casualties in case of failure but that wouldn't be out of character for Amanda.

We don't know about the Flash but we can safely assume Amanda Waller has leverage on him (as well as everyone else :

Because getting people to act against their own self-interest for the national security of the United States is what [she does] for a living

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