Despite receiving a mixed reception, Suicide Squad will be getting a sequel that continues the adventures of the most likable bad guys on the planet. While audiences enjoyed the first film more than critics did, most of us can agree that the weakest parts of that film were the villains: Enchantress and Incubus.
So, that leaves a big question for the sequel: Who can take on the squad?
The Joker Should've Been The Villain — But It's Too Late Now
Director and writer David Ayer has gone on record stating that he originally wanted to make Jared Leto's Joker the main Suicide Squad antagonist. Most fans were intrigued by Jared Leto's portrayal of the Clown Prince of Crime, but half of his screen time was cut from the film — even with the extended cut, we only got a taste of him.
Audiences wanted more, and it's possible that Leto will put on the makeup once again to fight the squad; the ending of Suicide Squad did set the character up to return in a future project.
However, if Leto is truly done with the Joker — or instead ends up being the villain for David Ayer's Gotham City Sirens — then another member of Batman's rogues gallery could take the villain slot for Suicide Squad 2.
It's Time For Scarecrow To Join The DCEU
Recently released concept art for the first film revealed that the one and only Scarecrow, a.k.a. Jonathan Crane — looking straight out of the comics — was originally supposed to appear. A baddie this big would have been such an interesting addition, but as what? Anti-hero? Reluctant villain forced to do good on Task Force X? Or could he be the main antagonist of the movie?
Scarecrow could be a perfect replacement for El Diablo after his unfortunate demise in the first film — but he could just as easily be a terrifying force to be reckoned with for the squad.
Not only could Scarecrow allow for some intense and scary action sequences, but he could also bring a lot of character development by forcing the squad members to confront their worst fears. Scarecrow could show Deadshot visions of his daughter being taken away, or show Captain Boomerang...My Little Pony getting cancelled? I'm just spitballing here, but there is so much potential for Scarecrow's fear toxin.
Scarecrow Has Gone From Obscure To A-List Baddie
After recurring appearances in Batman: The Animated Series, a great cinematic debut in Batman Begins and being the main villain of the video game Batman: Arkham Knight, Scarecrow has become so popular that putting his creepy face on the poster for Suicide Squad 2 would be guaranteed to sell tickets. As far as casting the role, Jackie Earle Haley is a common favorite choice among fans.
Task Force X covertly handles metahuman threats, so characters like Two-Face or the Riddler wouldn't exactly fit with its mission. While Scarecrow is a human (in most versions), his fear toxin — combined with his sadistic nature and intelligence — would pose enough of a threat that A.R.G.U.S. will need more than soldiers to take him out.
Batman Villain Means More Batman?
When you have a Batman villain as huge as Scarecrow, it's very unlikely that Batman would not be somehow involved within this story. People enjoyed Ben Affleck's cameos as the Caped Crusader in the first Suicide Squad movie, so maybe upgrading Batman from a cameo to a supporting role might not be such a bad idea. Give fans a fight between the Squad and Batman — with the Squad more than likely losing — and then show them teaming up to take on Scarecrow? Hey, a guy can dream, can't he?
Either way, if Warner Bros. decides to include Scarecrow in Suicide Squad 2, let's just hope that he's given more to do than Joker in the first one.
Is the Scarecrow perfect to be a villain in Suicide Squad 2, or would you rather see him as a member of the squad? Should he be saved for a solo Batman movie? Let us know your thoughts down below!
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