Suicide Squad has just hit theaters, and it’s another unfortunate situation where critics, fans, and casual moviegoers alike are all at war with another. Is it good? Are there enough good moments to outweigh the bad? Will it last in the minds of those who saw it? Regardless of your stance on the film, the one thing that catches everybody’s eye is the Squad itself. The premise of a team of the DC Universe’s supervillains working together for the greater good is interesting enough on its own. When you put in the likes of Harley Quinn, Killer Croc, Deadshot, and Captain Boomerang, you have all of the ingredients for a fun time.
What a lot of people don’t know is just how deep the roots of the Suicide Squad are. In the comics, they’ve been around for decades and have featured a stellar rotating roster of villains and heroes alike. They’ve stopped a lot more than maniacal witches who build random machines.
Amanda Waller certainly gets around, as she has brought some of the baddest and craziest rogues in all of DC history to try and do some good in the universe. Due to the difference in how DC is doing their movies and TV shows, many of those characters will never make it to the big screen.
From the massive history of the Suicide Squad, here are fifteen sinister villains you won’t see in the movie, and may not see in any sequels.
15. Bronze Tiger
This feisty feline has been gracing the pages of DC for over 40 years now. Like most villains, his story is a sad one. Ben Turner witnessed a burglar assaulting both parents, so he pulled a knife and slayed the perpetrator. Recognizing his instability, he took martial arts to get himself under control. Eventually, his skills were honed enough that he was brainwashed by an evil professor. Turner was eventually brought into the League of Assassins, where he became known as the ruthless Bronze Tiger. After many long years, his skill set was sought after by Amanda Waller and was recruited for the Suicide Squad with the intent of him being its leader. That position would be given to Rick Flag, but that didn’t stop Tiger from possessing powerful leadership skills, even being known as its second-in-command. Tiger remained in the squad until the New 52, where he was once again a member of the League of Assassins. He has been known to flip flop from antagonist to being one of the “good guys”, and the character was beloved enough to get his own spot on the CW’s Arrow as a member of their version of the Suicide Squad.
14. Captain Cold
Leonard Snart has no other desires in this world than money, women, and power. Not to be confused with Mr. Freeze, there is nothing redeemable about this icy rogue (unless you watch Legends of Tomorrow or The Flash that is). His heart is as cold as his name suggests, and he enjoys every minute of it. After a childhood full of abuse from his father, Snart took a liking to the criminal career and was good at it until one fateful day when he and his band of crooks were stopped by the Flash. Snart decided that it was time someone did something about the Speedster, so he developed a gun that would be able to bring him down. The result was the cold gun, and Snart loved the theatricality so much that he donned a parka and crowned himself the master of absolute zero: Captain Cold. His leadership skills and icy disposition led to him being eyed by Waller and put in the Suicide Squad for a short time. However, Snart preferred working alone or with his partners, Heat Wave and Golden Glider. He’s a man with simple needs: crime and money.
13. The Penguin
Oswald Cobblepot is one of the reasons that Gotham will perpetually live in ruin and under the boot of the criminals, if not also one of the Dark Knight’s most recognizable adversaries. He is one of the most feared crime lords and will remove anybody who starts sticking their noses where they don’t belong. On top of countless people that will do his bidding, Cobblepot also sports an army of mind-controlled penguins that know how to shoot guns and can even be used as bombs. His nickname Penguin comes from his minions, his fixation on eating live fish, and his body structure. He has served as one of Batman’s greatest enemies for many decades. Because of his current use on the TV show, it’s a bit unlikely that we’ll see the waddling menace take part in the Suicide Squad as he did in the comics, where he was called for a specific mission that involved breaking a candidate out of prison. No doubt his creepiness and ruthlessness would attract Amanda Waller in a heartbeat. He has also served as an opposing force to Task Force X, but his skills were too valuable to lock away or blow up.
12. Killer Frost
Crystal Frost was an intelligent student at Hudson University who had unfortunately fallen in love with her teacher, Martin Stein, who would later become one half of Firestorm. When she discovered that Stein didn’t feel the same way, she locked herself in a thermafrost chamber accidentally, but instead of dying, she came out biologically altered and with the powers of ice. Eventually, her villainy would lead her to fight Firestorm, which led to her demise. Then her colleague (Dr. Louise Lincoln), stricken with grief, recreated the accident and became the second Killer Frost. Her desire for revenge drove her insane as she further embraced her darker side. She has attacked the Hawaiian islands and attempted to kill many men. Her insanity and supernatural control over ice brought her to the likes of Task Force X, where she served as one of the most powerful members on their team. This wouldn’t last too long though; during Crisis on Infinite Earths, she was one of the meta-humans imprisoned by the Suicide Squad. Frost has been seen on the CW’s The Flash as an alternate version of Dr. Caitlin Snow, but it remains to be seen if that incarnation will make the leap to the big screen.
11. Poison Ivy
The greenest of the Gotham City sirens, Poison Ivy is beautiful and deadly as her name implies. With a love of all things with leaves and vines, Poison Ivy longs to cover the world in a thick layer of foliage. However, her connection with nature gives her extreme powers that allow her to poison, control, and captivate her opponents. With just a mere kiss, she can destroy anybody within seconds. Her attractive nature allows her to come and go as she pleases, and the Gotham City Police Department had to create a special holding cell just for her. One of the few people immune to her tricks is Batman. She was strong enough to nearly take over the entirety of Arkham Asylum with the help of a little TITAN formula. Her poisonous manner and kiss of death made her an attractive target for the frontrunners of the Suicide Squad. After much coercing, they eventually got her to join the team, where her abilities were used to control the mind of Count Vertigo. While she isn’t in the current Suicide Squad movie, there is potential for her to show up in future installments, or the “in production” Harley Quinn movie.
10. Black Adam
He was destined to become the next Shazam and bear the strength of seven Roman gods, but he was corrupted and lost that right. The rival and dark equivalent to Captain Marvel/Shazam, Black Adam is vicious, terrible, and longs to bring the world to its knees. Boasting the power of seven Egyptian gods, the only man to bring him down is Earth’s Mightiest Mortal (who sports the powers of seven Roman/Greek gods). In the comics, there was a war between the gods brewing, and Black Adam was beginning to smell it. Then the evil witch Circe kicked the war off with a loud bang. Seeing that the war needed to stop, Black Adam enlisted the help of the Suicide Squad and served as its leader for the time being. Currently, Black Adam is going to be played by Dwayne Johnson in the Shazam film for the DCEU. He may not be in Suicide Squad, but perhaps they could bring him in even for a small cameo before they pit him against Billy Batson. He also made an appearance in Injustice: Gods Among Us where he was a playable character and fought with the use of lightning bolts.
9. King Shark
Many that have seen Batman: Assault on Arkham were a little burned that King Shark wasn’t going to be in Suicide Squad. In his place was Killer Croc, which is an equally lovable character, but whichever one you feel is better is a matter of personal preference. The character has become one of the first things that come to mind when thinking about Task Force X. It’s not hard to see why King Shark is the kind of meta-human that would be a perfect fit for the Squad. Nobody knows who he is or was, all that is known is that his father was “The King of all Sharks.” When this creature began surfacing, he was attacking citizens of Hawaii, until Superboy showed up to stop him. Since then, King Shark has been on heavy watch, and was forcibly called upon by Waller to be a part of Task Force X, and was utilized to stop foes that are physically much stronger. The shark has had a few appearances on television, including the aforementioned Batman film. He even appeared on season two of The Flash with some top notch special effects by TV standards. He’s a terrifying character, and it’s unlikely that we’ll see him in Suicide Squad due to the inclusion of Killer Croc.
8. Black Spider
Black Spider is a unique character very akin to Ra’s al Ghul in ideology. He doesn’t view himself as a bad guy nor as a hero, but instead as someone who invokes necessary action against the scum of the DC Universe. When he started out, Eric Needham decided to begin a war on the drug trade when heroin nearly ruined his life. He took on the mantle of a self-moral vigilante called Black Spider. However, his actions brought him in contention with Batman. After attempting to work together, their different perspectives brought them to blows. This drew Black Spider away from heroism, and he continued to murder all involved with the drug market. In the New 52, he was recruited as a member of the Suicide Squad reluctantly. He didn’t feel that he was “as bad a criminal” as the other members of the squad. He was also on Task Force X in Batman: Assault on Arkham, but there is nothing to hint that he will appear in the DCEU, especially since a big actor like Will Smith plays a character with similar abilities.
Now this is a villain I’d like to see on the big screen. Mark Scheffer is such a monstrous being that no one really knows how he became such a creature. The story goes is that he was once a normal man with a beautiful wife and two children, until a freak accident changed his life forever… comics… He is a terribly strong supervillain who is composed of various shards of metal. This metal can be bent and moved at his will into whatever shape he desires. He can even fire parts of his body as deadly projectiles, then instantly grow himself back again. His power drew him to the likes of Task Force X, and worked to fight the bigger baddies that some of the other members couldn’t. Shrapnel did appear in Arrow’s version of the Suicide Squad, but it was unfortunately as a normal human with a specialty in explosives. No spoilers, but he wasn’t even used very well. This garnered some general distaste for the character Shrapnel, so it doesn’t seem like DC would want to bring attention to him after people already have a poor image in their minds.
6. Count Vertigo
He’s as crazy as he is high, and serves as one of the Green Arrow’s greatest villains to date. Count Vertigo. Make no mistake though, the original incarnation of Count Vertigo was not a second tier drug lord. Instead he was a man born with a defect in his ear that was so severe it drastically affected his balance. To compensate, he had an electronic contraption installed into his ear that fixed the problem. After some careful manipulation, Vertigo also realized that he could use it to affect other’s balance by amplifying the waves to the point where they wouldn’t know right from left or up from down. This effect was called vertigo, and the Count wore it proudly. This eventually got him sent to prison by Green Arrow and Black Canary. Then the Suicide Squad found him and he joined in exchange for a shortened prison sentence. His relationship with some of the other members got kind of rocky, but he stayed nonetheless. In Arrow, Count Vertigo was a crazy, high drug dealer who wanted to give the entire world a high that would end up killing them, but he was slain himself before there was any chance for Amanda Waller to find him.
The story for Batman: Arkham Origins was intense enough that it hooked me into wanting the game immediately. Execution of that story aside, the idea of seven assassins all wanting to bring down the Batman was interesting enough. One of those assassins was the villain Copperhead. In that game, she was portrayed as a poisonous woman, while in the actual comics, Copperhead was a man. He appeared in Gotham City as a man in a snake costume and started as a petty thief. After being stopped by the Dark Knight, he turned to more elaborate crimes, becoming an assassin who strangled victims to death with his tail. After many years, he sold his soul to become a true snake/man hybrid, becoming significantly better at bringing harm to the citizens of Gotham. He was also a master contortionist, which allowed him to have an added element of stealth and flexibility when fighting his foes. These unique skills would lead to Copperhead becoming a member of Task Force X, and were used to break into a top secret Russian base. However, he and the other members of the squad would end up betraying their leader at the time.
It only makes sense that the man who broke the bat would be sought after by Amanda Waller. He had a hard life since childhood, learning how to fight and fend for himself. During his time in prison, he became the king of it all, but was then subjected to a test with the Venom chemical. While it had killed every “guinea pig” before, Bane survived and it enhanced his strength to supernatural powers. He eventually came to Gotham City to showcase his powers. This brought him face to face with the Dark Knight on multiple accounts. Unfortunately for Batman, Bane is an excellent strategist on top of a strong man. He was able to orchestrate a long night for Batman, then ambush him when he got back home, where he would subdue him for a long time. Bane’s strength and intelligence were highly sought after for the Suicide Squad, and he easily became one of the most valuable members they’ve ever had. Because of Bane’s fairly recent inclusion in The Dark Knight Rises, it’s unlikely that we will see him used again in the DCEU anytime soon; also because of Tom Hardy’s departure from Suicide Squad.
3. Black Manta
A young autistic boy loved the water as a child. He played by the sea often, and wanted to stay there for quite some time. Unfortunately, his constant time spent at sea led him to being kidnapped by some pirates, where he was forced to do their bidding for many years. One fateful day, he saw Aquaman and a squadron of dolphins swim by, and he called for help, but the King of Atlantis didn’t hear him. The boy decided to take matters into his own hands. He killed his captor and escaped, but with a fierce hatred of the sea and Aquaman. He designed a new costume that allowed him to breath and swim underwater, taking inspiration from black manta rays. Taking the name Black Manta, he has led armies against Aquaman and serves as one of his greatest rivals. He has also served as one of the newest members of the Suicide Squad. During that time, the Squad was labeled “Killed in action” giving them the freedom they so greatly desired. It remains to be seen if this character will be brought to the DCEU, but I guess we’ll see when the Aquaman movie swims to shore.
2. Solomon Grundy
Solomon Grundy, born on a Monday, christened on Tuesday, married on Wednesday, you know the drill. The creepy zombie monster thing known as Solomon Grundy has haunted his way through DC Comics for many years now, having places in a few TV shows and games such as Injustice: Gods Among Us and Batman: Arkham City. Grundy lacks a bit in the intelligence department, but he makes up for it in brute strength. He has even had strength so great that he was able to outperform Superman. He has even served as a bit of a hero a few times in the media, which makes him a lovable character for some of the fans. Reportedly, he prides himself in not being able to be killed (which, like any good comic, has an exception to that rule), which makes him an excellent target for the likes of Task Force X. If he ends up being introduced in the DCEU, it won’t be anytime soon, as they have a bit to go before they can bring in the off the wall characters such as Grundy. He’ll probably be introduced in the CW universe before he gets anywhere near the big screen.
Slade Wilson is the best assassin the DC Universe has to offer, more skilled than the likes of Deadshot and Black Spider. Deathstroke is a master of nearly every fighting style known to man, is an excellent shot, and knows his way around a sword. He is not a set enemy for any of the DC heroes, because he has served as trouble for all of them. He has even been strong enough that it took the entire Justice League to hold him down. Slade is one of the coolest characters that DC has to offer, and after many rumors, there was much disappointment to bear that he wouldn’t be in Suicide Squad. He has appeared in Arrow, where he served as the main antagonist for season two, and appeared as a boss in Batman: Arkham Origins, at the end of which he was contacted by Amanda Waller for a new Suicide Squad. Naturally, he is a great fit for Task Force X, with his unparalleled skills. Currently, the CW shows aren’t allowed to use the character because of his involvement in a DCEU project. Hopefully that ends up being the next Suicide Squad, or at least the Batman solo film. Either way, we’re getting some Deathstroke.