Suicide Squad wasn't the most popular of titles throughout the years, it's been only recently that the non-comic fans have really gotten a good look into Task Force X. This is partly due to the wide success of Arrow gearing viewers up, exposure in the video game world, and the recent DC animated movie based on the team. But the project has been around since 1959, and was brought back in 1987. A team that is composed of cut-throat's and thieves is bound to have a few go rogue and need replacing, there have been over 50 members since it's inception. With so many members to chose from has DC chosen the right characters? I'll refer to them as characters, not villains, because some of them have done their deeds for truly good intentions.
Firstly, lets take a look at the characters that we'll be seeing in next year's film. Yes, next year! It seems crazy considering they haven't even began filming and it's taken Batman vs Superman twice as long to be made. After we stroll through the cast we'll also take a look at members that DC might have missed that had a huge impact in the past.
This character is a shoe-in when it comes to the Suicide Squad. She is the one responsible for the creation of the [Suicide Squad](movie:2283363) and is in charge of their operations, recruitment, and more. She is one of the few characters who have yet to be cast in next year's film. There really isn't much more to say about her aside from she's willing to take on casualties to get the job done.
Rick Flagg is an elite solider and leader of the Suicide Squad. He started off in the military, when he lost his entire unit he started taking on suicide missions catching the eye of Waller. Ever since he has been one of the founding members and only in recent iterations has he been removed from the team. It's recently been revealed that Joel Kinnaman has been brought on for the role after Tom Hardy and Jake Gyllenhaal turned down offers.
One of the world's greatest assassin's and a core member of the Suicide Squad. His marksmanship is near perfect, only missing once while aiming for Batman. He was always admired for wanting to go out in a spectacular fashion and held little remorse for the lives he's taken. In recent incarnations of the team he has replaced Rick Flagg as the leader and in the TV show [Arrow](series:720988) he fights primarily for his daughters life. As a surprise casting, Will Smith was signed on for the role.
He is a small time crook, known for robbing banks until he got caught by [The Flash](series:1068303). This character comes from an interesting family background where his father was a toy salesman and gave him his first boomerang. It was then that he learned of his natural gift for throwing them and took up the mantle of Captain Boomerang to become a mascot for his fathers company. Unfortunately, it didn't drive sales much and he became a running joke throughout the city forcing him to resort to a life of crime. Waller offered him pardon of his past crimes if he ran a mission for the Suicide Squad, thus joining the team for a few occasional spurts. Jai Courtney has been cast as Captain Boomerang.
A fan boy's love. Harley was originally the psychiatrist for the Joker when he first arrived at Arkham Asylum. During their sessions she found herself intrigued by the Joker and fell in love with him, eventually going crazy herself to find a way into his heart. She is perhaps one of the most iconic team members despite only being on the team for a short time. Margot Robbie has been given the role in next year's film and the many fans of Harley are hoping she'll be able to pull off the character's signature accent.
It's only fitting to follow up Harley with the Joker, Batman's most iconic villain. Here is where things start to stray from the comic Suicide Squad history. The Joker has never been a member of the suicide squad. He's been seen within Arkham Asylum when recruiting Harley or when an operation takes them to high security facility. The character has been iconic in The Dark Knight portrayed by the late Heath Ledger and in several anime voiced by Mark Hamill, however next year we'll be seeing Jared Leto as the Joker. To have such a big name cast as the Joker that means one of two things (Or perhaps both): the Joker will be featured a prominent role in this versions squad or that he will be in the background but heavily featured in a future film, perhaps another stand alone Batman movie. Either way, it's an odd choice for the team since there is no history or material to work with for the script there and it's been proven in the past that deviating to far for source content can hurt movie ratings... Dragon Ball or Avatar the Last Airbender, anyone? The closest character we've gotten to the Joker on the team is Harley and the Joker's daughter in the latest adaption. Not to mention, all of these characters are being introduced so it might be a safer call to not have the Joker featured in this movie to give more time to connect and feel for the others.
This character has been included in two different version of past Suicide Squads. Enchantress is granted magical powers but is cursed by an evil entity, she is then seen fighting Supergirl who ultimately defeats her. When the next Suicide Squad was being formed she was offered a role so long as she could keep her villainous side in check. Half way through the mission she begins to lose control and Deadshot is tasked with taking her out before she gets out of hand. It's discovered that she has lost control of her magical aura that protects her from the evil entity and is recommended not to use her powers until the aura is regained. They discover a way to rip the entity from her and she disappears from history for eleven years. Cara Delevingne is tasked with bringing this character to life next year. The inclusion of Enchantress now brings magical powers to the big screen in the DC world, it'll be interesting to see how they handle it. The same goes for Marvel's Doctor Strange considering both companies have not dabbled much in that world.
Again, another character everyone knows as one of Superman's greatest villain. He might not be super powered like Doomsday but he harbors of the the world's greatest minds. Similar to the Joker, Lex has never been a part of the Suicide Squad and I hold the same opinion here that I mentioned for the Joker. Give the screen time to the other characters, we are already guaranteed to see Lex in the Batman V Superman film. I'm fairly certain that this one will be more of just a cameo because the producers can. But regardless, Jesse Eisenberg has been given the role and it appears that the take on this Lex is from the early days of comic history since he has a full head of hair.
So with all of those characters there were a few that are left sitting on the bench despite being on many of the team iterations.
She has been on numerous teams and has always been a solid supporting character of the team. She hasn't made any significant impacts during her time with the Suicide Squad but I believe the number of times she's been placed on the squad should hold some value. Especially if she is paired with King Shark, her love interest in the recent animated film.
Speaking of, King Shark has been another character assigned to multiple missions. Shark has even been paired up with Superboy in a mission to destroy the Silicon Dragons, though like many members of the team it wasn't by choice.
Many might recognize this character as a villain from Arrow, he has also been in several earlier versions of the squad. He was initially intended to be the leader of the team but Rick Flagg's personality and dedication earned everyone's respect instead. The squad is filled most notably with villains earning various rewards but Tiger was brought on to balance out the team with his good moral and behavior, enforcing Waller's rules. After Flagg's death he becomes the new team leader and begins disobeying orders to save the lives of his team. After several missions later and high tension between him and his superiors he retires.
As the victim of a hereditary hearing problem he had a small device implanted in his head to help compensate for the hearing loss. As he tinkered with the device he discovered he could amplify it causing those around him vertigo. In need of money he took up a cape and costume only to be stopped by Green Arrow and Black Canary. In exchange for a shorter sentence he was given a chance on the squad. He was caught by Poison Ivy and drugged to be put under her control. Thanks to Waller's crew he was freed in time to stop missile from hitting Jerusalem, saving thousands of innocent lives. He went onto rehab to counteract the effects of Poison Ivy's drugs, though the effects of the drug had taken a large toll on his mind and he begged Deadshot to kill him...
Those are the characters I've pulled from a long list of names that I felt could've also found a way onto the roster. So what do you guys think of the Suicide Squads casting decisions, are they bringing the right characters on or could they have replaced some members or go with fewer/more? As always check out our Youtube channel and subscribe to get our weekly recap of all nerdee news every Saturday. We look forward to seeing you there! In the mean while, comment below with you're thoughts on the Suicide Squad.