When it comes to trying to take out The Dark Knight, how are you supposed to do it with just one person? You can ask The Joker, but I am pretty sure he would tell you that it is really just a waste of your time. Yet you may find yourself with a little more luck on your side if you had, oh I don’t know…a squad?
Suicide Squad is set to become one of the hottest films of 2016 and will reintroduce the world to some of the most iconic villains in the DC cabinet. You can better believe that The Joker will be there, and Harley Quinn will not be far from his side. Ben Affleck will also be rocking out as Batman, which will be highly anticipated as this comes out after Batman V Superman.
The Suicide Squad is also an opportunity to introduce the world to a bunch of superheroes that they may be hearing about for the first time.
The upcoming film seems to be focusing around 11 different villains, all who have their own set of skills that help make them stand out from the pack. While there is no telling who will win the fight for screen time, there is no doubting that with actors such as Jared Leto and Will Smith, the studio has come to play.
As more posters and trailers start to drop, make sure you aren’t one of the people who are stuck standing around and nodding awkwardly when you hear about the newest bad guys. Here’s an introduction not only to why you need to be excited about the film, but who the villains are that are going to help win your heart (?).
If you never thought you’d wish you WEREN’T Batman, perhaps you will after reading about the rogue’s den of villains that he has coming after him.
15. They’re Going To Arkham Asylum!
When Batman is done capturing his various villains, there needs to be a place where he can put them all. There certainly isn’t another option than Arkham Asylum. The Asylum has had a huge role in the video games, but it will be fantastic to see it in all its glory on the big screen. The director David Ayer has teased that the Asylum will play a role in the upcoming film. If the film is able to orchestrate an outstanding ‘break out of jail’ scene, it would not only help it stand out as a different superhero film, but it would help get the film started with a bang.
14. Jared Leto Sent Joker-Like Gifts To His Suicide Squad Co-Stars
When it comes to being immersed in the character, there might not be a creepier mindset to try and get into than that of The Joker. So can you really blame Leto for going all out when trying to engage with the character? Leto went as far as to send Margot Robbie (who plays Harley Quinn) a lovely love letter, along with a live rat. Fitting of Deadshot, Will Smith also received a love letter from the Joker, but instead of a rat it contained bullets (much less scary). Leto definitely has big shoes to fill, but there is no doubting the actor’s commitment to the part!
13. Tom Hardy and Ryan Gosling Were Almost In It
If you didn’t think there was enough hype around the film already, just imagine if these two members had stayed in the original cast. Hardy was originally set to play Rick Flag (who’s Rick Flag? Read below!) but unfortunately had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts. In what would have been an even more intriguing move, Gosling was apparently linked to playing the Joker at one point. He reportedly backed away from the offer after the studio mentioned that this would be a multi-picture deal. While Leto and Kinnaman will do a great job, it’s still nice to wonder “what if?”
12. It’s Written And Directed By David Ayer
If you are looking for a reason to be excited about the film, perhaps look no further than the fact that it is written and directed by the same person. At the very least, you need to hope that Ayer had a clear vision that he was able to try and bring to the set. Ayer’s most prominent film may be the war drama Fury, which came out in 2014. While I don’t think the Suicide Squad is going to go up against any Nazis, at least they have a director that is used to getting down and dirty with it.
If you need something shot dead, there may not be a better man for the job than Deadshot. The character is typically seen as an adversary to Batman and has been around since June 1950. Widely considered the world’s deadliest marksman, it is clear why he has a place among the Suicide Squad. While he’s great with a gun, Deadshot has also been known to display outstanding hand-to-hand combat, while always remaining in peak physical condition. The movie may also see him fitted with a cybernetic eye which is used to help enhance the character’s accuracy.
The reasoning for Deadshot’s psychological damage can be linked back to an occasion in which he accidentally killed his brother. Deadshot (real name Floyd Lawton) grew up in an abusive home and “On one occasion Lawton’s father attacks his brother, prompting the young Deadshot to attempt to end his father’s reign of terror on the family with his own rifle. However, the branch of the tree that he sits on breaks as he fires; causing the bullet to hit his brother instead, killing him,” and forever damaging Lawton.
One of the other most defining characteristics of Deadshot can be seen by his seeming willingness to die. This does not mean that he is suicidal, just that he does not seem to see much reason to continue living. This just makes him all the more dangerous and unpredictable to go up against!
10. The Joker
Who doesn’t know at least something about The Joker? Arguably the most iconic villain in superhero history, he has been terrorizing Batman since 1940. The Joker is not a superhero, far from it, but what is he? He’s criminally insane, and that makes him all the more cunning of a criminal mastermind. Joker has been known to use toxins, weapons, and anything else at his disposal to try and play out his wishes. Perhaps The Joker’s most heinous crime, was the killing of Jason Todd (who was the second Robin). In a crime that would fit a madman, The Joker elects to beat him to death with a crowbar. The new film will feature a different look at the iconic joker, but will be portrayed by the ever talented Jared Leto.
9. Rick Flag
When it comes to being in a squad of unstable people, you need to hope that you have someone who has military experience. Thankfully, they do! Rick Flag led a division during WW2 called the Suicide Squadron, which eventually got broken down and revamped into the Suicide Squad. Unfortunately for Flag, he passes away during a battle with the War Wheel.
Thankfully, Flag had a son, also named Rick Flag, who would also go on and help lead the Suicide Squad on a few missions (who we are guessing will be the one in the film). Young Rick also has experience with guerrilla tactics, strategy and demolitions. As you would expect, he is in peak physical condition and I am sure would not be no stranger to a handgun. The role is being taken on by Joel Kinnaman.
8. Captain Boomerang
When it comes to having a cool superhero name, Captain Boomerang is not going to be one that jumps off the page. Perhaps that is what he is hoping though, because then he would kill you with a deadly boomerang! In the comics, he appears in the Suicide Squad in exchange for being pardoned for his criminal acts. Yet “Captain Boomerang’s grating personality and blatant racism (among other things, he constantly referred to black team member Bronze Tiger as an “abbo”) caused considerable friction among his teammates, and he was considered to be a dangerous, vicious, cowardly and undependable member of the team”…let’s hope they make him more likeable in the film! Boomerang is being portrayed by Jai Courtney.
If you’re going to try and take down someone like Batman, you may need someone on your team that can utilize magic. Thankfully the Suicide Squad has just that person in the Enchantress. The character made her debut in 1966, and will be portrayed by Cara Delevingne in the upcoming film. As you would expect, the Enchantress can affect inanimate objects with magic and also has essentially unlimited magical powers.
Someone this powerful would clearly be a force to be reckoned with if she was evil. That was her fear too, and Enchantress joined the Suicide Squad (in the comics) because they promised they would help keep her powers in check. That didn’t go so well because during her first mission, she defeats someone named Brimstone and this surge of power turns her truly villainous (at least for a while). Let’s hope she has a bit more moral fiber in the upcoming film.
There is no doubt that the character will be at the very least visually appealing with her displays of magic.
6. Killer Croc
One of the most physically intimidating foes that Batman has had to face off against is Killer Croc. Croc, whose real name was Waylon Jones, was born with a type of atavism that led him to being imparted with reptilian traits. As he grew older and more disfigured, his aunt abused him until he snapped and murdered her. Croc has been shown to be incredibly physically intimidating and this is combined with superhuman strength, durability and senses. Not to mention that y’know, he’s part crocodile (essentially) so you need to watch out for his teeth, his claws and basically his entire body. While we are not sure what role he will play in the upcoming film, he will surely be the focal point of some great physical hand-to-hand combat scenes. Killer Croc will be portrayed by Adewale Akinneuoye-Agbaje.
As if there wasn’t enough diversity present in the Suicide Squad, they have gone ahead and added someone who is a fully trained samurai warrior. On top of that, she has a sword that has the ability to capture the soul of everyone that it kills (which she can then communicate with). In the upcoming film, she is expected to take on the role of Rick Flag’s bodyguard. It is also pointed out that she is not a criminal, but is instead a volunteer in the Squad. Katana is being portrayed in the upcoming film by Karen Fukuhara
4. El Diablo
When your name is El Diablo, you need to expect to be able to do something with flames right? And that’s exactly what he can do, as El Diablo will be seen manipulating fire throughout the film. The origin of the character in the film will be that of a former gang member from Los Angeles and he is being portrayed by Jay Hernandez. When asked about what makes El Diablo different, Hernandez stated that while other people on his team are happy to go out and mindlessly kill people, that El Diablo prefers to stay out of the fight when he can. That being said, I still wouldn’t be shocked to see him lay down the law at some point.
I know what you’re thinking and the answer is no, Slipknot is probably not a huge fan of the band Slipknot. You better make sure you don’t make that joke too many times either, because he is also a trained assassin. Premiering in 1984, Christopher Weiss was working for a chemical factory when he realized he had developed the formula to make the world’s most durable rope.
His interest to the Suicide Squad is increased when Manhunters (robotic bad guys in the DC Universe) start to arrive on earth and they are in need of assistance. While he wasn’t the most helpful during the mission (he blows up his arm), it was still enough to make an impression strong enough to land him a role in the upcoming film. He will be portrayed by Adam Beach.
2. Amanda Walker
If S.H.I.E.L.D. has Nick Fury, then the Suicide Squad has Amanda Walker. The character is played by Viola Davis and will represent a government official who will be giving out the orders to the Squad. While she is powerless, she uses her intelligence and intimidation to often get the results that she wants. The character has already appeared in the TV series Smallville, as well as Arrow. Described by Davis as being a “powerful black woman, hard, ready to pick up a gun and shoot anyone at will,” so there should be no doubt that Davis will be able to pack a punch.
1. Harley Quinn
When it comes to The Joker, I suppose the people at DC figured that he wasn’t just menacing enough on his own for the TV Series. As a result, they went out and invented Harley Quinn, who made her debut in the Batman: Animated Series in 1992. While Quinn is often seen on the arm of Mr. J, she has also been frequently spotted as an ally to Poison Ivy.
Quinn may have started in the animated series, but her origin places her as a psychiatrist at Arkham Asylum. However, upon meeting The Joker, she clearly started to lose it (just a wee bit!) and realize it would be way more fulfilling to follow him around instead. Despite her good looks, in the latest rendition of the comics (The New 52), Quinn finds herself being kicked into a vat of acid by the Joker which permanently bleaches her skin. Something tells me that still wouldn’t be enough to make her fall out of love. She is being portrayed by Margot Robbie for the upcoming film.