With David Ayer's Suicide Squad quickly becoming one of the most anticipated films of 2016, there are still a lot of unknown details about this infamous band of misfits. Quite a few of my friends and family members have asked me who and what the Suicide Squad really is, so I figured I'd try my best to get as many people into the loop as possible.
The following video will give you the needed knowledge to keep up with your geeky friends, and surprise your uninitiated ones.
If videos aren't your thing, I've also provided the information in article form below for your reading pleasure:
Who are they?
The Suicide Squad - also known as Task Force X - is the name of an organization within the DC universe. They are an antihero team of incarcerated villains who work for the U.S. government in exchange for being pardoned for their crimes. Because this team consists of supervillains, they are all expendable and the U.S. government has complete deniability should they be caught or exposed. Let’s meet the members!
Amanda Waller (Viola Davis)
Amanda Waller is the head of the Suicide Squad, despite not having any actual powers herself. She is responsible for not only choosing the team members, but also for detonating micro-explosives implanted inside the Suicide Squad members should they become uncontrollable. Waller is no saint, though. With various incarnations of her character being portrayed through the years as a powerful figure with a hidden agenda.
Slipknot (Adam Beach)
Slipknot’s real name is Christopher Weiss. Before becoming a member of the Squad, he worked for a chemical company where he was able to develop a powerful adhesive to coat his ropes with. He eventually became a master of ropes, easily using them to maim, hang or subdue his enemies and soon turned to a life of crime with his skills.
Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney)
George Harkness is the illegitimate love child of an American soldier and an Australian woman. Raised in poverty, he developed great skills in making and using boomerangs. As he got older, he created the alias Captain Boomerang and greeted the criminal life. Captain Boomerang was known in the early comics for his rude behavior and rampant racism and was considered a less-than-effective member of the team... and an overall dick.
Enchantress (Cara Delevingne)
June Moone was a freelance artist that attended a costume party in an old castle. There, she encountered Dzamor, a magical being that bestowed upon her great magical powers to combat the evil forces within the castle. However, much like the Hulk, June has trouble controlling her Enchantress persona and develops a Jekyll and Hyde-like condition. She joins the Suicide Squad in an effort to learn to control her powers and to keep her darkness at bay.
Katana (Karen Fukuhara)
Tatsu Yamashiro, while highly proficient in the martial arts, was your average Japanese girl. She received attention from two brothers, choosing to marry one of them. This caused the other brother to join the Yakuza in a jealous rage, returning many years later to kill Tatsu’s husband and twin children. After those tragic events, she trained with a master swordsman and eventually created the alias 'Katana' to fight for justice. In the 'New 52' Suicide Squad, she joins the team in exchange for information about her husband’s murderer. Some DC characters assume that she’s crazy as she talks to her sword, believing that it contains her beloved husband's soul.
Rick Flag (Joel Kinnaman)
There are actually multiple versions of Rick Flag’s backstory, with some stating that he was a fighter pilot who lost his entire squadron, while others implied that those were actually his father’s memories. Other origins imply that Rick was an ace pilot on his way to becoming an astronaut when Amanda Waller recruited him to lead the Suicide Squad.
Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie)
Dr. Harleen Quinzel was a genius psychiatry student who attended Gotham State University. After unfortunate and unclear circumstances, she began her first year of residency at Arkham Asylum with the help of her professor’s glowing recommendation. She showed great interest in the Joker and arranged for a meeting with him in his cell. The two formed an unconventional relationship after the Joker attempted to strangle her. Harley Quinn helped him break free several times before being found out and arrested for being his accomplice. But, bars have never stopped her from being with her Puddin'.
Deadshot (Will Smith)
Floyd Lawton grew up with his mother, brother and abusive father. As a child, Floyd attempted to shoot his father to stop his abusive ways once and for all. However, the branch he was perched upon broke at a critical moment and Floyd ended up shooting and killing his own brother. Over the years he becomes an impeccable marksman and joins the Suicide Squad in the hopes that he will die in a glorious way since he feels like he doesn’t deserve to live but doesn't want to kill himself, either.
Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje)
Waylon Jones was born with a unique strain of Atavism that caused him to exhibit reptilian-like traits. He lived with his drunken aunt who hated him for his appearance and continuously abused him over it. Waylon eventually snaps and murders his aunt, taking on the Killer Croc persona and turning to a life of crime as his condition and physical appearance become more and more reptilian.
El Diablo (Jay Hernandez)
While on a mission to collect a debt owed by local thugs, Chato Santana set fire to the thugs’ building and killed everyone inside. After discovering that his actions also caused the deaths of innocent women and children, he quietly turned himself in to the police and is put on death row. His cell was filled with gas, and in his unconscious state, gets a micro-bomb implanted in him, leading to him becoming a member of the Suicide Squad.
The Joker (Jared Leto)
The Joker is not a part of the suicide squad. He has never been a member and he will never be a member. He will be in the movie, but the extent of his role is currently unknown.
So, there you have it! These are not the only characters in the DC Universe to ever join the Squad, and they will undoubtedly not be the last with inevitable sequels and spin-offs on the way. Now that you’re in the know, you get to wait patiently like the rest of us geeks for what I’m hoping will be one of the most fun movies released in 2016!
Check out the trailer below: