When the trailer for next year’s Suicide Squad was released at Comic Con this year, the crowds went as insane as the Joker. The reception to the trailer was overwhelmingly positive. Fans were so enamored with the first look at David Ayer’s movie about a group of DC Comic super villains tasked with undertaking secret missions from the government, that the trailer soon leaked online. This forced Warner Bros. to release the full trailer in glorious HD. The trailer proved to be popular with those who soon saw it and it garnered even more views than the other movie in the DC cinematic universe that’s coming out next year – Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Suicide Squad is just over a year away, and the film will feature a number of notable characters. Ben Affleck’s Batman will make a small appearance and the Joker, who is expected to be the film’s antagonist and not a member of the Suicide Squad, is being played by Jared Leto. The Suicide Squad is run by Viola Davis’ Amanda Waller and Joel Kinnaman’s Rick Flagg. Just as in the comic books, the team will consist of villains undertaking extremely dangerous – and sometimes nearly impossible – black ops missions for the government in the hopes of having their prison sentences reduced or even earning their freedom. If they don’t comply with the task given to them they face death.
The movie incarnation of the Suicide Squad will feature Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Will Smith as Deadshot, Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Killer Croc, Cara Delevingne as Enchantress, Karen Fukuhara as Katana, Jay Hernandez as El Diablo and Adam Beach as Slipknot. These are just the characters confirmed for the movie, and there could possibly be many more villains showing up in the film that haven’t been announced yet. Of course, Suicide Squad members often die in the comics, as they are highly expendable. Some of the villains will certainly die in the movie as well. Which begs the question: who will join the team in the eventual sequel? Perhaps some of these villains may even show up in the first film. Here’s a look at 10 villains that probably won’t be in next year’s Suicide Squad, but it sure would be cool if they were.
10. Poison Ivy
The Suicide Squad movie will feature a number of villains from Batman’s rogues’ gallery. People are most excited about the Joker and Harley Quinn, but Deadshot and Killer Croc are also primary adversaries of Batman. So, it would make sense to have other Batman villains in a future Suicide Squad film.
Poison Ivy is overdue for an appearance on the big screen and she has been a member of the Suicide Squad in the comics. The last time Poison Ivy was seen on the big screen was in the critically maligned Batman and Robin, where she was portrayed in campy fashion by Uma Thurman.
9. The Penguin
It’s been over 20 years since the Penguin was last seen on the big screen, and at one time in the comics, Oswald Cobblepot was a member of the Suicide Squad. The Penguin first appeared on the big screen in Batman: The Movie, which was based on the classic Batman TV show starring Adam West. Just as in the TV show, Burgess Meredith played the Penguin.
In 1992, the Penguin appeared in grotesque fashion in Batman Returns, where Danny Devito played him. He has not only been a member of the Suicide Squad, but also an occasional ally and adversary. In the DC animated movie Assault on Arkham, which was based on the Arkham video games, he had an uneasy alliance with the Suicide Squad for financial gain.
8. King Shark
A giant hulking humanoid shark with impenetrable skin and super strength would be an amazing thing to see on the big screen. This Superboy villain has not only been a member of the Suicide Squad in the comics, but he was also on the Suicide Squad roster in the DC animated film Assault on Arkham. King Shark was voiced by John Dimaggio in Assault on Arkham.
DC Comics recently revamped the Suicide Squad under its New 52 reboot, and King Shark became a member on the team after being tortured by Amanda Waller. In current comic book continuity, he now resembles a giant Hammerhead shark whereas previously, he was drawn to look like a Great White shark.
No other member of the Suicide Squad has been hyped as much as Deathstroke. Fans are clamoring for this character to appear in a Suicide Squad movie, and there has been plenty of speculation that Deathstroke will actually be in next year’s Suicide Squad. However, nothing has been confirmed and all those rumors may turn out to be false.
There are still many actors set to appear in Suicide Squad whose characters have not been confirmed. It is not yet known who Ike Barinholtz or Scott Eastwood will be playing. So, some fans are still holding out hope that Deathstroke will appear. If he doesn’t, he’s certain to show up at some point in the future in the DC cinematic universe. Manu Bennet is currently playing Deathstroke on the Arrow TV show.
6. Killer Frost
Any Suicide Squad movie would not be complete without a few female members, and while Harley Quinn is surely the most popular female villain to be a member of the Suicide Squad, there are plenty of other female villains who could show up in a Suicide Squad sequel. Killer Frost has primarily been a foe of Batman and the Flash, and both of those characters will be getting standalone movies in the DC cinematic universe.
Killer Frost appeared as a member of the Suicide Squad in Assault on Arkham, where Jennifer Hale voiced her. In the animated film she was given the secret mission of killing the Riddler because, unbeknownst to her, the Riddler knew how to remove the bombs implanted in the skulls of Suicide Squad members.
5. Black Manta
With one of the upcoming movies in Warner Bros. slate of DC Comics movies being Aquaman, it seems like a natural choice to introduce Aquaman’s most famous adversary: Black Manta. Aquaman is being played by Game of Thrones star Jason Momoa, and there is speculation that Aquaman could have a cameo in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
So, why not introduce Black Manta ahead of time, too. Perhaps he could appear in a Suicide Squad movie since Black Manta was a frequent member of the Suicide Squad and is a current member of the team in the comic books.
4. Black Spider
Black Spider has one of the most interesting origin stories of any comic book character, but most people have never even heard of the character. As a youth, Eric Needham became addicted to drugs, and even accidentally killed his own father while robbing a liquor store to support his drug habit. He turned into a dark antihero after that and was hell-bent on taking down drug lords and drug dealers by any means necessary. He is almost like an anti-Batman.
Eventually he went from anti-hero to full on villain because Batman kept getting in his way. Black Spider appeared as a member of the Suicide Squad in the New 52 comics and in the Assault on Arkham movie. When Will Smith was first cast in Suicide Squad, there was speculation he would be playing Black Spider.
After appearing in The Dark Knight Rises, where he was portrayed by Tom Hardy, fans really wanted to see more of this Batman villain on screen. Bane has been a member of the Suicide Squad on many occasions, and it would be interesting to see a more faithful adaptation of the character on the big screen as the version in the TDKR was very different from his comic book incarnation.
On one occasion in the comic books, Bane joined the Suicide Squad and was tasked with apprehending super villains that were to be exiled on a prison planet. The idea behind this storyline came from Game of Thrones creator George R.R. Martin. Coincidentally, Tom Hardy was originally supposed to play Rick Flagg in the Suicide Squad film, but had to drop out due to work on The Revenant.
Plastique has been a member of the Suicide Squad in the comics, as well as in the animated TV show: Justice League Unlimited. In the cartoon, the Suicide Squad was referred to by the more kid-friendly name Task Force X. In Justice League Unlimited, she was tasked with infiltrating the Justice League’s space station known as the Watchtower.
She made this perilous journey alongside Deadshot, Rick Flagg and Captain Boomerang. Plastique was also a member of the Suicide Squad in the TV show Smallville, and has most recently appeared on CW’s The Flash.
1. Clock King
This intriguing and underrated Batman and Green Arrow villain also appeared on Justice League Unlimited, as a member of Task Force X where he was the time keeper and planner on the team’s mission to infiltrate the Watchtower. His skill with monitoring time would make him an interesting addition to a Suicide Squad movie, where the villains must undertake time sensitive covert missions with deadlines.
A version of the Clock King has also recently appeared on both Arrow and the Flash on CW. Robert Knepper plays this version of the Clock King. The Clock King could even be an expendable member of the Suicide Squad, because in the comic he was just that. The Clock King has been one of many villains that have died while undertaking a mission as part of the Suicide Squad.