Sick of Superman smiling and flying in blue skies? Then Suicide Squad is for you. Started by Amanda Waller, a government black ops leader, the Suicide Squad (aka Task Force X) is a collection of convicts who are sent on dangerous missions for the good ol’ US of A. Now you know why it’s called the Suicide Squad! Director David Ayer’s team features familiar faces like Deadshot (Will Smith) and Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney) Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) and Katana (Karen Fukuhara).
Before going in for the film, the non-fans need to lick these facts about the ‘heroes’ in the film.
Actor: Margot Robbie
Harley Quinn is probably the most recognizable character in this lineup since her meteoric rise in fandom, originating in Batman: The Animated Series. Harleen Quinzel originally acted as the Joker’s “My Girl Friday” and was his assistant/girlfriend. As her character evolved, her clothes got skimpier, and she is now a trained member of the Suicide Squad.
Actor: Jared Leto
At this point, who doesn’t know the Joker? Since the character has been around for 75 years now, the Clown Prince of Crime has gone through a few different incarnations: mobster, zany crook, and anarchist. Our best bet for Suicide Squad is that Leto’s version of the Joker will a bit of a charmer while still maintaining his unhinged violent streak.
Actor: Will Smith
In the comics, Deadshot is the Suicide Squad. He is the best marksman in the DC Universe, having never missed a shot (except that time against Batman) and having access to an advanced arsenal. Floyd Lawton is usually the leader, and represents the interesting dynamic of the Suicide Squad: a bad guy with something to lose. In Lawton’s case, he wants a better life for his daughter.
Actor: Karen Fukuhara
Although the Suicide Squad is usually made up of D-level villains, Katana is actually a good guy in the comics! In fact, her character was introduced on the CW’s popular Arrow TV show. Katana is a master swordswoman, and her weapon of choice is the Soultaker – a katana that harbors the souls of those it kills.
Actor: Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje
Killer Croc, popularly known as a Batman villain, is definitely going to be the muscle in this version of the Squad. In more recent incarnations of the character, he is of low intelligence and is a brute who settles his problems with violence. His reptilian appearance is due to an augmented atavism gene that has caused him to take on crocodile-like features.
Actor: Jay Hernandez
Although there have been a few El Diablos in the DC Universe, Hernandez will be playing the Chanto Santana version of the character. Diablo is a convict with the power of pyrokinesis – the power to control and start fires using his mind. Although a gang member and criminal, Diablo isn’t a remorseless killer, which might not play well with the rest of the Suicide Squad.
Actor: Viola Davis
Amanda Waller, otherwise known as “The Wall,” is the mastermind and leader of Task Force X – aka The Suicide Squad. She is a military and tactical genius, and ruthless when it comes to completing her missions. Although she isn’t in the field with the rest of the Suicide Squad, she is hands-on back at Belle Reve. The rest of the Squad is wise to fear her.
Actor: Cara Delevinge
Although Enchantress has been a member of the Suicide Squad in the comics, she is still a little-known DC character due to being underused throughout the years. Her powers include being able to manipulate energy for attacks or healing. Since she is a powerful sorceress, we except her to act as the safe breaker on Squad missions.
Actor: Jai Courtney
Captain Boomerang is actually a fairly popular member of The Flash’s rogues gallery and has vexed the hero for several decades. He is a master of all throwing weapons and carries a collection of specialty boomerangs that can explode on impact. Although the members on Task Force X kind of walk the line between bad and straight up evil, Boomerang is the Squad’s straight up loud mouth jerk.
Actor: Joel Kinnaman
Rick Flagg is the hardened military commando. He is the Squad’s tie to the government and Task Force X. Flagg comes from a long military background and, in the comics, normally acts as the field leader for his team of convicts.
Actor: Ike Barinholtz
Hugo Strange is actually one of Batman’s oldest enemies, first appearing in Detective Comics #36 (1940). He is sort of a mad scientist/psychiatrist who, while never getting his hands dirty, manipulates others to fight his battles. We imagine that in the film he will be one of the doctors in Arkham Asylum, from where several of the squad are plucked for their mission.
Actor: Adam Beach
We know what you’re saying: “Who?” You aren’t wrong; Slipknot is a little Firestorm villain who developed a really really strong rope. Slipknot is also an expert in (you guessed it) knots. We’re betting the character doesn’t stick around long. After all, they’re called the Suicide Squad.