The Suicide Squad, also known as Task Force X, is a secret team made up of super-villains in the DC universe that has been assembled by director Amanda Waller. The team takes on high-risk missions in exchange for reduced jail sentences. In fact, these operations are so high risk that every member is not only expendable but also expected to die in the process, hence the name “Suicide Squad.”
Since the team is composed of villains - not the most reputable workers - each member is equipped with an explosive device around their neck so as to ensure their obedience. If any member of the squad attempts to escape during a mission, their collars explode. Due to the nature of the mission, the team members are constantly changing. However, in the comics, reoccurring characters include Deadshot, Harley Quinn, Captain Boomerang, Enchantress and their usual leader, Rick Flag. What villains have been chosen to appear in the 2016 film Suicide Squad? Read on to find out the 10 villains and their corresponding actors that have been set to star in the upcoming movie.
Enchantress’ real name is June Moon. After finding a hidden passage in the Terror Castle, June encountered a demon named Dzamor. He gave her the ability to change into a powerful witch in order to rid the world of evil. When June pronounces the word “enchantress” she transforms into her alter ego.
Dzamor also informed her that she would succeed in ridding the world of evil when the moon would reach a specific alignment. However, as Supergirl moved the moon, the necessary alignment for June to fulfill her destiny would never occur. She thus went mad and became evil, ultimately being offered to join the Suicide Squad after being jailed. In the movie, Enchantress will be played by Cara Delevingne.
9 Captain Boomerang
Real name George Harkness, Captain Boomerang had a rough childhood growing up. He was the result of an affair his mother had; his stepfather, Ian, hated him and he also grew up in poverty. After receiving a boomerang from his real father, Wiggins, George became very skilled at throwing it. He eventually sailed to America to find his real father, who offered him a job as his toy company’s new mascot: Captain Boomerang.
However, shortly after people treated Captain Boomerang as a joke and Wiggins Toy Co. began to fail, George was forced into a world of crime due to a desperate need for money (having been paid with bounced checks). Captain Boomerang will be portrayed by Jai Courtney in the 2016 Suicide Squad film.
8 Killer Croc
Killer Croc, real name Waylon Jones, was born with a genetic mutation that gave him reptile-like features: scaly green skin, claws and sharp teeth. Due to his appearance, Croc joined a circus as a wrestler, who would ultimately gain control of the Gotham Mob racket.
According to Comic Vine, he is one of Batman’s most physically imposing rivals - it's not difficult to see why. He is a prominent villain in the DC universe, appearing in 576 issues worth of comics. In the upcoming Suicide Squad movie, Croc will be portrayed by Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje.
According to Comic Vine, in many of Katana’s appearances, she actually used her abilities for good. Real name Tatsu Yamashiro, Katana is a very talented samurai. She uses her mystic sword named Soultaker to fight evil. Her sword contains the soul of every person it has killed.
Soultaker’s magical ability sometimes comes in handy as Katana can communicate with the souls trapped in her sword. She has also had brief appearances in the Suicide Squad, which is why she will be featured in the movie, being portrayed by Karen Fukuhara.
Deadshot, real name Floyd Lawton, is an expert marksman and assassin from the DC universe. He is obsessed with precision and therefore believes the only person that should be killed when he’s doing a job is the person that he has been paid to kill.
After being jailed by Batman, Deadshot joined the Suicide Squad and often ended up being the de facto leader of the team. Deadshot cares more about dying in a spectacular way than he does about earning his freedom. His complete disregard for his own life coupled with his dedication to his job places him amongst the deadliest, most dangerous assassins in the DC world. Will Smith will be bringing this character to life in the Suicide Squad film.
5 El Diablo
El Diablo, whose real name is fittingly Lazarus Lane, was a bank teller that was almost killed by burglars when he was thrown into a stream and then struck by lighting. Though he did not die, he did plunge into an irreversible coma. He was brought back to life thanks to the Wise Owl, an elderly Apache shaman that Lane had taken into his home after being exiled by his people.
However, Lane was not truly dead nor truly alive as the lighting that should have killed him instead had split his soul, dividing him into two people: what is left of Lane and a phantom who must accomplish an important task before being able to succumb to eternal rest. Whenever Lane sleeps, the demon within him awakens and possesses him. In the movie Suicide Squad, El Diablo will be played by Jay Hernandez.
Slipknot, real name Christopher Weiss, created a chemical formula which allowed him to strengthen ropes he used, making them stronger than metal. Instead of using his technology for good, he used it to live a life of crime.
After fighting Firestorm, Slipknot was put in custody and offered to join to the Suicide Squad. He did join but also lost an arm on a mission. He is a minor villain, only appearing in 34 issues. In the Suicide Squad movie, he will be portrayed by Adam Beach.
3 The Joker
Deemed “unquestionably the most recognizable and popular comic book villain in pop culture history” by DC Comics, the Joker will be one of the ten featured villains in Suicide Squad. He is a personification of chaos itself, residing primarily in Gotham, home of his biggest adversary, Batman.
Like his nemesis, he was created from a great tragedy. However, instead of trying to prevent more pain, he prefers to inflict it, believing that ultimately life is a big joke and can change drastically in a single moment. He has tortured and murdered countless people in the DC Universe, making him one of the biggest threats in the comic book world. In the upcoming Suicide Squad movie, the Joker will be played by Jared Leto, who cut and bleached his hair in preparation for the movie.
2 Rick Flagg
Rick Flagg is the name of three related characters in the DC universe: father, son and grandson, two of whom were a part of the Suicide Squad in the comics. To make the matter more confusing, the last name is sometimes spelled differently, with a single “g.”However, the Rick Flagg that will be featured in Suicide Squad is Rick Flagg Jr., the second Rick Flagg of the family.
After his father’s death, he became the leader of the second incarnation of the Suicide Squad. Though he was the leader of the team, he hated working alongside former criminals and refused to be like any of them. In the upcoming movie, it was announced that the role will be played by Joel Kinnaman.
1 Harley Quinn
Harley Quinn used to be a successful psychiatrist by the name of Dr. Harleen Quinzel. When she was assigned to Arkham Asylum, she met the Joker and became obsessed with his psychotic mind. The Joker noticed an opportunity in her fascination with him. He thus began manipulating her and ultimately drover her mad to control her. She fell in love with him and broke him out of Arkham.
However, Harleen did not stop there. She was willing to do anything to make her love happy, which included creating mayhem and hurting anyone, including herself. She will be portrayed by actress Margot Robbie in the upcoming Suicide Squad film.