Before #SuicideSquad hit cinemas this summer, fans were bombarded with wave after wave of promotional material that basically sold Ayer's film as 'The Harley Quinn Show', sidelining the rest of the main cast. While we wouldn't be adverse to such a beautifully twisted movie, fans were pleasantly surprised to discover that #MargotRobbie wasn't the only actor in the cast after all once Suicide Squad finally premiered.
Sure, some Squad members such as Katana and Killer Croc were thrown to the wayside in the film's final cut, but a few of the lesser-known characters surprisingly came into their own by the end of the movie. In particular, Jay Hernandez’s El Diablo contributed far more to Suicide Squad than we could have ever expected, thanks to a well-rounded backstory that tugged at the heartstrings in a grisly, messed up kind of way.
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Those who were disappointed to see Hernandez’s standout performance fizzle out once El Diablo's flame was extinguished in the first film will be happy to hear that Jay's villainous role could still somehow be reprised in Suicide Squad 2.
El Diablo Could Rise Up Like A Dark Phoenix
During an interview with Variety Latino, Hernandez discussed the possibility of returning as El Diablo for a sequel, explaining that:
“You know what, let’s just say he’s a metahuman. What are you going to do? There are possibilities there. I’m not saying anything but, there are some possibilities. I haven’t heard anything yet from anyone but even if I had, do you think I could tell you? [laughs]”
While El Diablo met his untimely fate towards the end of Suicide Squad, anything's possible in the world of comics, and it's not like we saw a body or a funeral for the fiery villain. We did see a funeral for Superman in Batman v Superman, and it's the internet's worst-keep secret that the Man of Steel will rise from the dead in Justice League.
Ultimately, Suicide Squad only scraped the surface of what's El Diablo's powers are capable of, so it wouldn't be too hard for Warner Bros. to bring him back for a sequel if they wanted — and Hernandez isn't the only one who wants to return.
Captain Boomerang Could Swing Back Around
During an interview with Batman News, Jai Courtney defended Suicide Squad and David Ayer's directorial choices, revealing that he would happily return for another shot at playing Captain Boomerang in Suicide Squad 2:
“How do you please everyone? And I don’t think Suicide Squad ever intended to…. So no one’s setting out to upset the fan base, certainly not a fan base that can be as loyal as this kind of crowd can. But I don’t know how you can push the envelope or try and protect something [without taking risks]…..I know what I like in a movie, and it’s not the same thing as my twelve-year-old niece….It’s a challenge, and David [Ayer] did an incredible job, and I sure as hell hope we get to make another one with him.”
Let's just hope that one doesn't come back to hit him in the face.
GQ Edwards Could... Wait, Who's That Again?
Despite the fact that no one seemed to know who his character actually was during the movie, Scott Eastwood has also expressed interest in returning for Suicide Squad 2, reprising his role as the soldier GQ Edwards.
Determined to not let a little thing like his character's death stop him, Eastwood revealed to Screen Rant that he holds out hope for the sequel still, saying;
“Oh, yeah, of course. Working with David Ayer…the guy is a great filmmaker.”
With the likes of magic and Lazarus Pits floating around in the #DCEU, anything really is possible, although it's hard to imagine that a spell exists which could make Edwards an interesting character.
Katana Could Actually Receive More Than Two Lines Next Time Around
If Suicide Squad 2 ever does happen, Karen Fukahara's (who portrayed Katana) also wants in. During a Q&A panel at Rose City Comic Con, the actress explained how she would like to explore her character Katana more in a potential sequel:
“For the first movie I think we did a really good job of showing snippets of each character’s past and history, but it was just a glimpse. And for the sequel I’d like to show a lot more about her relationship with Soultaker, her sword, and her relationship with her husband and where she came from.”
Out of all the Suicide Squad members who were sidelined in the first movie, Katana is arguably the one who deserves her time in the spotlight most. Alongside her tragic backstory and unique abilities, the Japanese heroine could also inject some much-needed diversity into the world of comic book movies.
Harley Quinn Could Continue To Vex In The Sequel
Out of all the 'heroes' who starred in Suicide Squad, the breakout star was undoubtedly #HarleyQuinn. But now that Margot Robbie is set to play the Clown Princess of Crime in a solo spin-off, her future with the Squad itself remains uncertain.
It's hard to imagine Harley Quinn not appearing in Suicide Squad 2, but we currently know next to nothing about her future with the franchise. In the case of Harleen Quinzel then, it looks like we'll just have to wait and see. Whatever happens in Harley Quinn's solo venture will certainly have a direct impact on Suicide Squad 2, whether she returns for a starring role in the sequel or not.
For a reminder of why we love Harley Quinn so much, check out this compilation of her greatest moments below:
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Whatever direction Warner Bros. decides to take with Suicide Squad 2, we know that the studio will work hard to ensure that the sequel's critical response will match the franchise's impressive box office takings. However, considering how poorly Suicide Squad was received by critics the first time round, will many of the original cast risk returning for another shot, or should they just bow out gracefully now, while they still can?