Who or what is the Suicide Squad, right?
Yeah, that was definitely applicable at some point in time.
With the growing popularity of superheroes in film and television, the “who” and the “what” isn’t so much about not knowing, but more about wondering where they’re from.
Are they Marvel?
Are they DC?
The great comic icons constantly at battle in both profit and identity.
Their coverage over all sorts of mediums are ushering in a time where someone’s knowledge of Killer Croc is more reputable than that of Batman, with the well-known characters now recognised with some kind of normalcy.
Marvel have started presenting some of their second tier characters onto the big screen, but this is something DC had already been doing on TV. With the CW show Arrow starting off its own universe, I’d like to think most of us have been introduced to the Suicide Squad from DC already.
On that note, I’m gonna now scrape together whatever knowledge I can remember on this team in its many forms and help you ‘believe in SQUAD‘.
“I Wanna Assemble A Taskforce…”
You always start with Amanda Waller (Viola Davis).
Affectionately known as ‘The Wall’, she is the lady who runs the show. A Government agent who’s worked across multiple divisions trying to do the right thing, comes up with the idea to create a taskforce.
What’s great about this, is they run around known as Taskforce X (so they sound all black-ops and stuff).
Except you know Taskforce X as the Suicide Squad (hopefully the movie explains this, as I won’t cause it’s sort of a spoiler).
Associated with agencies like Checkmate and ARGUS (which you may know from Arrow), The Wall doesn’t care for your thoughts on what she does, because as long as she’s doing it for what she believes is the right thing, then she won’t be stopped (like a wall, ohhhhhh…).
And if that doesn’t sum her up well enough, she’s one of the few characters in the DC Universe who scares Batman.
“We’re the patsies, don’t forget…”
As the Squad became more prevalent, so did the character Deadshot (Will Smith).
A master marksman with some fun weaponry to boot, Floyd Lawton is the most sane voice of the team and as such becomes the ‘not sanctioned by the Government’ leader of the team.
A Dad who’s trying to do right by his daughter, he finds himself endlessly tangled up in the world of villains due to his mercenary status, which makes him a very valuable asset to many.
He states he never misses a target, which means he could probably do some of that weird bendy-bullet stuff seen in the likes of WANTED. But he also means if he misses, you’ve either got to thank someone for telling him to, or be thankful that whoever paid him, didn’t come through with their payment.
“We’re bad guys! It’s what we do”
I’ve always liked the idea of Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), simply because she started from the animated series.
While all other Squad members originated from the comics, Harley’s popularity came from her time as Mr J’s favourite gal in the Batman: The Animated Series run from the early 90’s.
So popular she was, that the character was put INTO the comics so she could live on.
And now she returns again, in her first live-action outing (though there have been others in her civilian identity).
Dr. Harleen Quinzel (I am not shi**ing you here, that is her name) worked within the confines of Arkham Asylum where one day she was set up to work with one very crazy inmate known as The Joker.
Being The Joker, master manipulator and clever conniver, he managed to turn her into an ally, who would later become his sort of pet-lover (she thinks they’re a couple and he kind of just runs with it).
With his takeover of her complete, she goes completely mental and becomes another person for the Bat-Family to hunt down, though Bats has often had a soft-spot for Harley due to his own past with The Joker. Understanding what condition she must be in to end up where she has, means you can often find Batman on her side when she loses her cool with Mr. J.
“It’ll be a walk in the park! Easy peasy!”
Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney).
Pure Australian Bogan.
A rough-as-guts assassin with a penchant for the boomerang (if the codename didn’t give it away), Harkness is the arrogant one you want on your side, simply because if you get in a fight, he’d jump in and maybe help you (he’s mostly there for the fight).
He’ll never see eye-to-eye with Deadshot (because in every continuity they’ve had a past) and will reluctantly follow instructions because it will keep him alive and because it’s the path of least resistance.
Sure, he sounds like a bit of a d-bag.
But just wait until you can see what he can do with his boomerangs…
Katana (Karen Fukuhara) is more hero than villain.
Having been part of teams such as the Outsiders (who are heavily linked to Batman) and occasionally running with the Birds Of Prey (again, linked to Batman), Katana definitely doesn’t owe any sort of penance that would place her in this team.
So what’s Tatsu Yamahiro doing in this then?
I’m sure that will get explained in the film, but this master martial arts expert and wielder of the sword ‘Soultaker’ will be here kicking butts and taking souls probably.
Because her sword can do that.
It can literally take souls.
“He’s a crocodile. He eats people”
Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje) really does have the most literal name, even more so than his peers.
Sometimes a metahuman (a human with superpowers) or sometimes a guy with a really intense skin disease (seriously), Waylon Jones always comes out looking like a crocodile who eats people.
The Squad always needs a heavy, a tank, a peer who can take a lot of damage and hit hard. With his concrete-like skin, stature and impossibly strong jaw, Killer Croc is the team’s heavy.
Who also keeps them awake at night, because they probably all look delicious to him.
(and yes, he can swim ridiculously well, why do you ask?)
“He burns people”
El Diablo (Jay Hernandez) is totally a thing!
The current iteration of El Diablo is a former gangster by the name of Chato Santana. But he’s also been a guy who’s run around in the Wild West with another DC character by the name of Jonah Hex! (Probably not that one Will Smith ran around in though)
With the potential to be a metahuman in this film, I think it would be just as fun to see him follow the older traits of El Diablo, who was posessed by a demon on a righteous path (because ‘fire’=’demon’ which equals MATH).
Not much else is given away in the trailers, and in the comics his character is about the same.
“What the hell’s wrong with you people?”
Captain Rick Flagg (Joel Kinnaman) has always been the de-facto leader for Taskforce X.
Which means he’s also the de-facto leader for the Suicide Squad.
Military through and through, Flagg is the fold to the team’s Deadshot. With a rivalry and relationship similar to that of siblings, Flagg’s respect from the squad is often earned through what Deadshot thinks of him.
The eyes for the audience, he’ll come to represent what it’s like to be the one ‘normal’ person in the team.
A secret government agency led by Amanda Waller, the Suicide Squad recruits imprisoned supervillains to execute dangerous black ops missions in exchange for clemency and saving the world from an unknown but powerful threat.
So there you have it, my brief look at the Suicide Squad for their upcoming cinematic release.
And yeah, there are totally other characters I’ve overlooked, simply because I think the parts they play in the film will go as such:
- Not who we think he is
- Example of what it means to try to abandon Taskforce X
- The bad guy
And that is just stuff I don’t want to toy with, as they’re imperative to the storyline.
If you’ve been wondering “Man, this team seems crazy!”.
That’s because they totally are.
And it makes them all the better for it.