A look into the members of the upcoming DC movie, Suicide Squad!
Superhero movies are coming out left and right, but one that seems to be creating a lot of buzz is the upcoming movie, Suicide Squad. The movie, directed by David Ayer, is actually more correctly a super villain movie, the focus being on a DC Comic anti-hero team. This team of assembled villains was created to take on high risk missions for the government in return for amnesty.
Amanda Waller (Viola Davis)
Amanda Waller is the government official who formed and gives out the Squad’s orders from behind the scenes.
In the comics she keeps the Squad in check by implanting bombs in their neck and threatening to detonate them if they step out of line, but it is unknown if this will apply to the movie. Even with this, her greatest weapon is her manipulation. She keeps knowledge of every member’s weaknesses so that she can keep them under control. While she wants her team to succeed, this never lets them forget that they’re all expendable.
Viola Davis even told Empire, “She’s relentless in her villainy. When you look at her, there’s nothing that seems dangerous. Her only power is her intelligence and her complete lack of guilt.” The actor then went on to say she read a book about Sociopaths to prep for the role.
Rick Flagg (Joel Kinnaman)
In the comic there are three Rick Flaggs; the original, his son, and then his grandson. Suicide Squad focuses on Rick Flagg Jr. who acts as the leader of the squad. Unlike the others he is not a villain, and accepted the position that was offered.
He grew up listening to war stories and about his father, who was a legendary World War II pilot and commander of the first Suicide Squad. Because of this he decided to enlist in the military as soon as he was of age. He became an amazingly skilled, so while hee does not have any powers, he is a trained and skilled military officer.
Deadshot (Will Smith)
While Deadshot also lacks super powers, he is a deadly assassin. He uses a large variety of weapons and with the aid of his cybernetic implants, never misses a shot.
Deadshot also has an off and on fling with Harley in the comics and animated movie, but it is unclear how deeply the relationship will be implemented into the movie
Will Smith however says, “Harley is the biggest troublemaker, but Deadshot’s actually eyeballing her a little bit. There’s a pretty ragged romantic triangle there.””
Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney)
There’s not much to this character except for his standard “class clown” act. He causes a lot of friction between squad members with his sarcasm and racism, and even for the squads standard is seen as dysfunctional. He obviously also uses deadly boomerangs as his weapons.
About his role, Courtney stated, “he is an absolute bogan, in the purest sense. Dave’s first instruction was, ‘find your inner shitbag’.”
Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje)
Ironically a former crocodile wrestle, this super villain who suffers from a skin condition that causes him to develop reptilian features. While he has low intelligence he possesses regenerative powers, superhuman strength, endurance, speed, and heightened senses.
His mother died at his birth and his father abandoned him, leaving him with his abusive and alcoholic aunt. Without a good living environment he grew up getting trouble regularly and ended up in jail at the age of sixteen. He killed a fellow prisoner for mocking his appearance, but after abut two decades he was released on parole. He found home at a circus where he learned to wrestle crocodiles as a sideshow attraction. He went down the pat of crime again when he realized it was an easier way to get money, and set out to be the undergrounds top figure.
Akinnuoye-Agbaje described the character as “a cannibal with rage issues.”
El Diablo (Jay Hernandez)
Before being El Diablo, Chato Santana was the leader of a gang and was seen as public enemy number. This didn’t bother him at all since everything he had, he obtained through being a criminal. However he was shot in the back by his right hand man and best friend. The police tried to interrogate him in the hospital, but he wouldn’t speak. They decided to put him in the same room as a comatose old man who was infamous in the hospital since anyone who has shared a room with him has died.
The old man, Lazarus Lane, actually appeared in his dreams and was the first El Diablo, a two-hundred old cowboy who was possessed by “a Spirit of Vengeance.” Lane offered Santana his powers to become the next El Diablo, or to stay a crippled man and die. Of course he chose the former and took on his role as El Diablo.
He later learned to control his powers better and began following Lane’s steps in becoming more heroic. He knew the gang he was after since they had owed him money when he was a gang leader. He burned down a house to collect the debt, but when he realized that he had killed innocent women and children he handed himself over to the police quietly.
Unlike the other squad members, he doesn’t want to get in fights and would rather stay on the side lines.
Katana (Karen Fukuhara)
Actually a superhero in comics, this Japanese women is a trained samurai after her family was killed by the Yakuza. In the Suicide Squad however, she will be used as a bodyguard for Flag. She also uses the Soultaker sword which captures her victims souls, allowing her to communicate with them.
While it is unknown exactly how her character got thrown into the squad in this adaption, in the comics she teamed up with them to to help them prevent an shipment of weapons from being sold to the Yakuza.
Slipknot (Adam Bleach)
While Slipknot is not as well known as the other Suicide Squad members, he is known to be a mercenary-type like Flag and Deadshot.
Adam says in an interview, “My version [of Slipknot] is basically a guy who’s just pissed off to be there. He’s an angry boy. But ya know, he’s like everybody else; he is a hired mercenary, assassin killer, so you know that paying the right money and he’ll get the job done. And as long as I kept that nature about him — that he can, in any minute, hang you with his ropes or stab you in the back — he is as worse as the Joker and Deadshot and Harley Quinn. That’s the beauty of it. We all filled the shoes of these villainous characters that are hired killers and now we’re asked to go and save the day in some shape or some form… How do you contain that?!”
Enchantress (Cara Delevingne)
Now thought to be the main antagonist of the movie, Enchantress starts out as a young girl named June Moone who unleashed an evil force that gives her the ability to transform into Enchantress. She becomes a sorceress who can heal and teleport, among other abilities by manipulating magical energy. In the comics, June and Enchantress are always fighting over control of her body, but she may be simply possessed in this adaption.
Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie)
If you’ve heard of Batman you must have heard of Harley Quinn! A fan favorite who actually started off in one of Batman’s animated shows, this is her live action movie debut.
A former psychiatrist, she ends up falling in love with no other than the Joker and becomes his girlfriend and villainous sidekick. She is seen to be very giggly and even a dumb-blonde type, but is unpredictable and smart. She does not have any superpowers, but uses her flexibility and gymnast past to her advantage.
Producer Richard Suckle described the character as “a fan fave. Funny, crazy, scary… You can’t come up with enough adjectives to describe all the different things you see her do.”
In a behind-the-scenes interview Robbie explains how Quinn is.
“She’s definitely one of the more unpredictable members of the squad. She also used to be a psychiatrist so she has an extensive knowledge of mental illnesses and how to manipulate people — I’m sorry, well, she has a lot of knowledge on how to profile people, pick their triggers, and as Harley Quinn she kind of utilizes that to just manipulate people and mess with them. And she definitely does that with the squad. She’s always picking someone to be dissecting and playing off and messing with.”
Joker (Jared Leto)
The most famous Villain in Batman, this crazy clown is also known for his abusive relationship with Harley Quinn.
It was thought that the Joker would play as the main antagonist in this movie, but now some are speculating that he will be bait to keep the Squad on track to take down a bigger enemy, or that Joker will simply be pulling his own strings.
On his actor process Leto says, “I took a pretty deep dive. But this was a unique opportunity and I couldn’t imagine doing it another way. It was fun, playing those psychological games. But at the same time it was very painful, like giving birth out of my prick hole.”
It is also known that Ben Affleck with make an appearance as Batman, although we don’t know yet how big his role will be.
Don’t forget that the movie will be released August 5th, 2016 and comment below which character is your favorite!
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