Well, I have taken somewhat of a break from comic book properties lately, but to quote Al Pacino, “just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in”. Recently, the first image for Suicide Squad has been released. This has given us our first good look at all the characters. What do I think? I make a policy not to judge costumes based on first images. With all of that being said, many of you probably have absolutely no idea who most of these people are. So it is my duty, to walk you through them, character by character, and explain their histories.
However, before getting into the characters, lets start with the team as a concept. The Suicide Squad is a team of villains, recruited by a government branch called Checkmate. The villains are hired to do risky missions that no one else will do. Think, The A-Team, if it was composed of psychopaths. In exchange for partaking in these missions, they receive time off their sentence, as well as payment.
Let’s start with the most regular member of the Suicide Squad, Deadshot. Deadshot, played by Will Smith, is actually Floyd Lawton, a hired assassin and expert marksman. Deadshot also possesses a cybernetic eye that grants him increased accuracy. Basically, think of him as DC’s answer to Marvel’s Bullseye.
Deadshot started out as a Batman villain, but is primarily known through his role in the Suicide Squad comics. Recently, a daughter has been worked into Deadshot’s origin. He transfers the money he makes from his jobs with the Squad to her, so that she can live a better life. The next character I shall examine is Rick Flagg Jr. Rick Flagg Jr., played by Joel Kinnaman, is the son of Rick Flagg, a man who led a group named Task Force X (the spiritual predecessor to the Suicide Squad).
Flagg is a military officer and the public face of the Squad. Flagg has been shown at points to be mentally unstable, and dislikes having to shepherd a team of villains.
Captain Boomerang is another Suicide Squad regular. Captain Boomerang, played by Jai Courtney, is Digger Harkness, a criminal that uses multipurpose boomerangs to take out his enemies. While Captain Boomerang is normally affiliated with the Squad, he is most famous as a member of the Flash’s Rogue’s Gallery.
Next there is Tatsu Yamashiro; also known as Katana. This is a strange entry to the team, as Katana is a hero in the comics. Katana, played by Karen Fukuhara, is a trained martial artist, and carries a sword that contains the soul of her dead husband… she is one of the weirder additions to the team.
Moving back to Batman villains for a moment, I shall examine Killer Croc. Killer Croc, played by Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, is Waylon Jones. Jones has a rare skin disease that causes his skin to resemble scales. There has been more established since then about how he is taking on the form of his ancestral species, but I doubt the film will go in that direction.
Croc has many powers, including strength, speed, hardened scale-like skin and has razor sharp teeth. The Enchantress is the team’s magical member. The Enchantress, played by Cara Delevingne, is June Moore, a woman who was given great magical powers by a demon named Dzamor. However, these powers came at a cost, as she sometimes loses control and a dark side of her personality takes over.
The most interesting thing about the inclusion of The Enchantress is that she is also a member of the Justice League: Dark. This team has a movie in development that is to be directed by Guillermo Del Toro. The final character I shall look at is Harley Quinn. Harley, played by Margot Robbie, is actually Doctor Harleen Quinzel. Harleen was a psychiatrist that tried to analyse and cure The Joker, but found herself falling in love with him.
Eventually, The Joker convinced her to break him out of Arkham Asylum. She adopted the name Harley Quinn, at The Joker’s request and became his (kind-of) girlfriend. Harley has no powers, as she is not a superhuman. She does have experience fighting, but that is the limit of her abilities.
So, that is the Suicide Squad (Yes, I know I left out El Diablo and Slipknot, but I know absolutely nothing about them). Overall, it is an impressive cast that has been assembled for this project, and I hope they can make it work. I will admit that I have been vocal about the DC film policy of going dark, just for the sake of it, but Suicide Squad is a film where I feel that could work. It’s strange, but I have more faith in the monsters that compose the Suicide Squad, than I do for the heroes being adapted from DC properties.
In the meantime, if you’re interested in seeing the Squad in action, they make an appearance in the second season of Arrow. In conclusion, I leave you with this question. Who has a better chance at success? The film, or the squad themselves?
Trailer for Arrow Episode, Featuring the Suicide Squad
Written by James Campbell