With the Suicide Squad movie getting closer and closer to its 2016 release date, the world is sort of suffering from Suicide Squad fever, and it's only going to get worse (or better, depending on your point of view). They are about to be everywhere. If you aren't familiar with the concept, the Suicide Squad is a group of supervillains recruited by the government to do the things that even the CIA wouldn't feel comfortable doing. But what if such a government program really existed? The following is a Suicide Squad line-up comprised entirely of living or historical figures. They may not have all lived at the same time, but at some point each and everyone of these people has existed in real life, and now they are all together to form the ultimate real life Suicide Squad.
Billy the Kid
Fast with the six-guns, not afraid to do what is necessary, and more importantly possessed of a strong sense of justice and right and wrong, Billy would fit right in with the Squad. History has not been so kind to Billy, especially in Hollywood portrayals, but Billy the Kid wasn't really the cold blooded killer most people think he was. He was only ever interested in getting justice for the unlawful murder of his employer, who was like a mentor to the troubled youth, who really just wanted to have a normal life, by agents of the law and a corrupt Sheriff. Billy really would be the heart of the team.
A true criminal daredevil, D.B. Cooper is probably one of, if not the, most daring criminals to ever live. In 1971, an unidentified man, who booked airline passage under the name "Dan Cooper", hijacked Northwest Orient Airlines Flight 305 from Portland, Oregon to Seattle Washington (a 30 minute flight) and extorted $200,000 in ransom. Once the plane landed in Seattle, and Cooper's demands of the $200,000 and four parachutes were met, Cooper released all of the passengers from the plane, before ordering it airborne once again. While airborne, Cooper jumped out of the aircraft with his money and was never seen or heard from again. Obviously, someone as bold and skilled as this would be perfect for the kind of operations a Suicide Squad is known to be sent on. That is, of course, if anyone could find him to recruit him.
Lee Harvey Oswald
Lee Harvey Oswald was a communist sympathizer, an attempted defector (the Soviets didn't want him), a traitor and he murdered the President of the United States. He was also a United States Marine Corps trained sniper. Politics aside, he certainly had skills which would be of use to the Suicide Squad, filling the Deadshot role. And with an explosive device implanted in his head, you could probably be reasonably sure he might behave himself.
Every team needs a leader. Someone calling the shots. Who better than the man who pretty much invented organized crime during the Prohibition Era? Capone was so slick that law enforcement, led by Treasury Department Officer Eliot Ness (yes, Ness worked for the Treasury Department) couldn't pin anything on him. Capone almost got away with every heinous act he ever committed, until he was eventually brought in on charges of tax evasion and eventually sent to Alcatraz. Capone was a man who knew how to get things done, and with his very own Suicide Squad, there wouldn't be anything he wouldn't be able to get done. Of course, he might find taking orders from Amanda Waller a bitter pill to swallow.
So there you have it, the real life Suicide Squad. What historical figures would you add to the Suicide Squad? Let us know in the comments.