There have been many iterations of the Suicide Squad (or Task Force X), and pretty much every line-up has differed from the others in some way or another. So in light of the greenlit 2016 film the team is getting, I thought it would be fun to give you all a breakdown of who I think should be in the final set-up. Also, I saw Fury this past weekend and now I'm pumped about seeing David Ayer direct this. So without further ado, I present to you, The [Suicide Squad](movie:2283363) a la Fergus Coyle:
Floyd Lawton (a.k.a. Deadshot) is a hardened assassin with a particular affection for guns. Which would explain why he's generally more successful than most other assassins who tend to use things like knives and special gadgets of sorts. He seems to always have some obsession with never missing (despite then being pictured to miss regularly), and has a large arsenal of firepower to aid him in this endeavor. Among this are wrist mounted machine guns, an eye laser, dual wielded pistols and usually a high-powered sniper rifle. He often switches his weaponry around, depending on his mission, but that's his standard getup. He's awesome because, well, look at that suit, and also because of his deadpan, super serious demeanor, which acts as a perfect comedic foil to our next member...
Suicide Squad has, on multiple occasions, shown that Harley Quinn (originally Harleen Quinzel) can definitely work without the Joker. Yes, you take away one of the most compelling aspects of her character: the abusive love/hate relationship with the Joker, but she can still be a funny and compelling persona all the same. In fact, in many senses it gives her a chance to show her own personality off without the limitations of the Joker's overbearing presence pushing her out of the spotlight. There's also the fact that she'll be a member of a team, so she doesn't have to carry the movie on her own merits alone. But hopefully we will see a more liberated Harleen Quinzel in this film who can go back and forth with Deadshot with her girlish over-the-top bonkers personality.
Generally regarded as Wonder Woman's arch-enemy, Cheetah is... well that depends on which version you read, but the most commonly accepted version is that of Barbara Ann Minerva, an archaeologist who underwent an Egyptian ritual in order to gain immortality, but it drove her sort of insane because she wasn't a virgin. Yeah... it's really weird and sorta stupid, but they seem to have ret-conned it a bit recently so I'm not really sure what to take as her backstory. But that's pretty much her origin. She gained super strength and agility from the ritual as well and was originally depicted as having two sides to her character (like She-Hulk): her human form, where she's disabled, and her cheetah form, where she's crazy and a super-villain. Her stories in comics have been mixed, but her character definitely has potential, and putting her in Suicide Squad would help set her up for a Wonder Woman sequel, as I imagine that her first movie will have a villain more along the lines of the mythology. Cheetah is also a fun character to have in action sequences, as her flexibility and agility could give director David Ayer a lot of opportunity to play around.
Again, there have been multiple iterations of Mirror Master. But the original (and, in my humble opinion, best) is Sam Scudder. A technological genius who decided to use (read: waste) his talents to discover everything about mirrors, up to and including transferring himself into mirrors, which helps him with criminal activities; rather than, you know, winning a nobel prize and making tons of money from his inventions. But hey, where would the fun be in that? What makes Mirror Master a good villain as well as a viable candidate for the Suicide Squad is how his powers work like no-one else's, making him a unique villain with a skillset to annoy the more serious members of Task Force X. He's also one of Flash's main antagonists, so Suicide Squad is as good a place as any to introduce him.
Mari Jiwe McCabe's mother was killed by poachers and was raised by her father, Reverend Richard Jiwe, the village priest. He was subsequently murdered by his brother, General Maksai. She then pursued the "Tantu Totem," said to give the wearer all the powers in the animal kingdom. So basically it gives her the attributes of any animal that has ever lived on Earth, including, y'know, dinosaurs. So that's one very good reason for her to be on the team. But another aspect of her that works well is that when she originally joined the Squad, she was infiltrating it in order to personally fulfill a task the government had given to Task Force X that she had a personal investment in: namely, revenge for her murdered work colleagues. This sets up another interesting dynamic within the team, as Vixen would be pretending to be as criminal as evil as the rest of the Squad, and yet would provide a compelling character for us, the audience, to get behind. Because --let's face it-- as much as I love seeing criminals being forced to do government work and doing evil stuff along the way, it goes a long way for a film to have someone that we can cheer for. Along with adding some much needed diversity to the line-up, Vixen could also provide an audience point of view on the Suicide Squad, which, while it would help for things to be revealed naturally, would potentially be useful as this movie will have a lot of ground to cover.
Where do you begin with King Shark? The picture above pretty much sums him up: he's a shark-human hybrid thing and is the son of the "God of Sharks," or he's the result of some kind of mutation, or some kind of experiment. To be honest, I'm not sure; the comics seem to hint at both of them and we've never seen a full origin for him. But who cares? He's big, super-strong, not too bright and can breathe underwater. He also likes eating people, which would probably explain how he got into Task Force X. The reason I'd like to see King Shark is because of the way assassins like Deadshot resent how stupid he is, regarding him as an amateur criminal. This creates some fun tension because, as you can imagine, King Shark doesn't take too kindly to condescension and there's a lot of tension there. The movie could actually go for any of his origins and I wouldn't mind. If he's science based it would ground the movie, giving it more of the Dirty Dozen feel that David Ayer has said they're going for. But, as we already know, since characters such as Wonder Woman and Aquaman are going to be in this universe, making him the son of the God of sharks would be a good way to start hinting at the mystical world, even in a more street-level film, just so these movies all feel like they could be in the same universe.
Of course, I want to see Amanda "the wall" Waller, but I don't really feel she's part of the team, though she'll pretty much definitely be in the film. Oh, and when I say "the wall" Waller, I mean the REAL Amanda Waller with her massive hulking frame. It makes her such an icon, as opposed to every other female comic-book character and their beyond perfect physiques. In terms of other members, Deathstroke deserves a mention, purely for being Deathstroke. Captain Boomerang is also a candidate, but I've always wondered how he could ever be on the same team as someone like Deadshot. Also valid are: Bronze Tiger, Count Vertigo, Bane, Killer Frost, and many, many others who I forgot but you can remind me of in the comments. And Batman, because that happened one time folks.
So that's my ideal line-up for Task Force X when they walk onto our screens in 2016 in the capable hands of David Ayer. Do you agree or do you have your own ideal Suicide Squad? Feel free to let me know in the comments, and until next time guys, enjoy your lives!!!