The rather infamous El Mayimbe, who deals in rumours, including who may be set to be the villain of the Justice League- Brainiac, if you were wondering- seems to have suggested DC's [Suicide Squad](movie:2283363) movie will be moving forward sooner than we imagined, and have a bigger budget and better effects than the small-scale to be cult followed gritty action movie. I'd write more, though I'm writing this on a wireless hotspot as I'm away at the moment, but couldn't resist sharing. The seven members rumored are below. And, yes, they are surprising.
At the very least this one isn't surprising. Generally the leader of the Suicide Squad or at least nearly always a member, Floyd Lawton AKA Deadshot is the greatest shot in the world, and probably the world's greatest assassin, even if he falls slightly behind Deathstroke, but that's debatable. I've always expected him to turn up in the Suicide Squad film, and I'd have been very surprised if they opted otherwise. Indeed, he's known less as a villain or his own character, as he's more often tied to the Squad than not. You may know him as a recurring character on [Arrow](series:720988) played by Michael Rowe, or from the Arkham games.
2- Captain Boomerang.
This is probably the only other no-surprise member, as Boomerang is often a member of the Squad, and Arrow/Flash seem to be setting up George Harkness the same way. While he's mainly a Flash villain, he'll be popping up in Arrow this season before likely transitioning to the Flash. Oddly enough, he's rumoured to be on the three leads of this film, the other being Deadshot and...
This is an odd choice, but she's the third lead, and she has appeared in the Squad before. Where she's different from Deadshot/Captain Boomerang is that she joined of her own accord to find one of her targets, not the common villain forced to do good set up. Mari Jiwe McCabe, she is, and she can use the powers of animals most commonly. This is certainly a juxtaposition to Lawton and Harkness, who use more grounded abilities, if slightly fanciful, and the dynamic of a volunteer would certainly drive the story if these are the top three.
This is member four, Danton Black. While a lesser known villain, he's generally considered one of the primary villains of Firestorm. He'll be popping up in Flash this week, in fact, so it's worth a watch to see him, as it should be a fun episode. His ability is the ability to replicate himself over and over again, which can prove very difficult with his enemies. It also adds to the potential effects demands of the film earlier discussed.
Now this is where it gets weirder. Not only is Jaculi typically an enemy of the Suicide Squad, she's just not an overly well known character. (Or indeed he in some versions- she is pictured.) Either version are enemies of the Squad, tied with the Onslaught, an opposing team, originally called the Jihad. It seems a sensitive kind of name at this point in history, and a sensitive character, so we'll have to see. Super speed is the power.
Yep, we're still getting even weirder. Typically a foe of Firestorm, who can be seen in the background of the picture above in the bottom left. Her name was never revealed, but her powers are essentially illusion powers consistent with her full on rock persona. She was a member of the Squad, but she died a member as well, shot by a member of the aforementioned Jihad and left to die by the aforementioned Captain Boomerang. If they followed this in the movie, they'd certainly ground the more 'questionable' morals of the Squad members.
Now we have a slightly better known villain, even if more obscure, and one there's been a few versions of, making it hard to talk about him. The most common appeared as a villain of Nightwing, or Batman and Robin. Roland or Mark Desmond, respectively, if you want to be on a first name basis. He's essentially an incredibly strong, quite brutish and thuggish fighter, with incredible stamina, endurance, and of course, strength. He was (is?) also slated to be one of the main villains in David S Goyer's Supermax Green Arrow film.
So, where does this lead us? The instant thing anyone would notice is the severe lack of Harley Quinn, which would be a big departure from her recent popularity there in the comics, even if she's a relatively newer member. We don't see the likes of commoners Black Manta, Bronze Tiger, Rick Flag, or Count Vertigo, either. Above all nothing is heard of Amanda Waller, who is pretty much essential for a Squad film.
So while I'd have no issue with the team above, I think a lot better can be done. The film is also in early development and reported to be pushed back and forth all the time, only recently reportedly scoring a director. I'll take this rumour with a serious grain of salt until there's anything resembling confirmation which I'll take a bit more seriously. Again, I wish I could write more, but I'm on a hotspot. Maybe next week I'll post the team we want to see.
Let me know in the comments who you want to say!