Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably noticed that our cinemas have become homes for an endless amount of comic book-inspired films. X-Men, Iron Man, Superman, Batman, Thor, Captain America, and so many others have seen characters and noteworthy comic book storylines adapted for the big screen. As aware as we’ve all become of those popular characters, there is still a bevy of others who haven’t hit the big screen yet. On August 5th, a ragtag group of villains will find their way into the hearts of many fans who were previously unaware of their existence. And wouldn’t it be nice to know a little bit more about these villains before their premier.
In that spirit, we decided to put together this list of the top fifteen storylines that you may like to know before you buy your ticket and find a seat to watch Suicide Squad. Choosing to focus on the group as a whole and some of the more notable members included in the film version, we had a lot of stories to consider. As a result, we included major storylines that are extremely important to illuminate who the major figures are. Although The Joker is being positioned as a major part of the film, we’ve chosen to not look at stories focusing on him, as we are confident that film fans are very aware of who he is by now. Keep in mind, this article will include spoilers of some issues which may be adapted in some form into the film, so this is your Spoiler Alert.
15 Everything Suicide Squad Posts New 52
For those of you who aren’t in the know when it comes to the massive reordering of DC Comics which came about in 2011, known as The New 52, here is your primer. An event that touched pretty much every corner of the comics line, this series began in the shadow of the Flashpoint crossover and started with the cancellation and reboot of every DC title. As you may imagine, The Suicide Squad, like everyone else, was significantly altered because of it.
14 Captain Boomerang, Rogues Member
13 Almost A Good Idea
12 The Phoenix Gambit
11 Fast Train To The Wet Dark/Swamp Things
10 Gotham City Sirens (Harley Quinn Series)
9 Rumble In The Jungle
8 From The Ashes
The storyline that marked the return of John Ostrander, arguably the writer who is most identified with the series and a man who helped create the team, this story was long awaited. Bringing frequent team leader Rick Flag, Jr. back after he supposedly died, something you should never fully invest in when it comes to comics, it turns out he is stuck on a dinosaur-infested island. We know that must sound ridiculous to anyone who is not well acquainted with the world of comics but trust us, it isn’t as strange as it sounds.
7 Brave And The Bold 25-27
5 Mission To Moscow
4 The Coils Of The LOA
3 Deadshot: Beginnings
2 Mad Love
This is the story that introduced Harley Quinn, a character that was actually introduced in Batman: The Animated Series, to the DC Comics universe. Although huge fans of the character may be able to name a litany of her stories that they feel are more interesting, there is no story that is more informative for the uninitiated. A psychiatrist in Arkham Asylum, she begins an attempt to treat The Joker, something that would forever change her life. Soon smitten with her patient, she turns to a life of crime to stay by his side and in an attempt to win his affections.
1 Up Against The Wall
You may have noticed that we talked about a character that a lot of casual superhero fans have never heard of, Amanda Waller, a lot in this list and there is a very good reason for that. She is a badass character who you don’t want to trifle with and it is imperative that they get her right in the film to appease fans. Often depicted as overweight, the African-American woman looks more like a bureaucrat than someone you need to fear, and she bucked the trend of female characters needing to be scantily clad and stick thin.
Her groundbreaking nature is only one part of why she is so loved by readers though, and no moment proved how awesome she can be better than the one that took place on this issue. The Suicide Squad are under investigation by Batman and she not only stands up to him but successfully manages to back him down by threatening him. Pointing out that in her role as part of the government, she could use her resources to discover his secret identity and release that information to the public; she forces him to keep her team a secret.
Sources: DC.Wikia, ComicsAlliance, Twitter
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