So, we all know that the Suicide Squad movie is coming out in a little over a years time, and by now, we've all seen the trailer from San Diego Comic Con, giving us a good look at all the characters in the movie. And for those who have been living under a rock for the last few weeks, here is the trailer.
Because of the nature of the Suicide Squad (being a team primarily made up of B-list and below villains) people who don't have too much comic book knowledge, and maybe just enjoy the films and TV shows that both Marvel and DC put out, they might not know about some of the individual members of the Suicide Squad, and maybe are intimidated by the shear number of comics available to read.
So, for the newbies who haven't gotten a proper foot hold into comics yet, then here is my watch list for you (with a few comics), so that you can, over the next year, get to know each of the members of the Suicide Squad before you go into the movie; that is you want to go into the movie blind, which is another very good way to do it if you would like to do that.
Spoiler Warning - The shows and movies that are going to be mentioned in the article after this point might contain spoilers for them, so... you have been warned.
Live Action Shows
Suicide Squad - Season 2 Episode 16
So this episode of the CW show Arrow was the first time that we really got a story that wasn't focused on the title hero, The Arrow a.k.a. Oliver Queen, and it was supposed to be the backdoor-pilot to a Suicide Squad show that was going to be in the same universe as Arrow and Flash, but was cancelled due to the movie being made, much to a lot of fans disappointment (although I have a strange feeling that they're all over that now)
It is a good introduction to Amanda Waller, and the idea of the Suicide Squad, plus, is the first episode that we get a small look at Deadshot's past as a family man.
Brave and the Bold - Season 3 Episode 8
As you can see by the photo I used, Captain Boomerang is the main villain in the episode, which is why I picked the episode to put on the watch list. We get a little more of information about the Suicide Squad, and how they have a changing roster if anything goes wrong, they are gone.
It also gives us a good look at how horrible Captain Boomerang can be, and how the members of the squad actually feel about being part of the squad, and what they might do if they ever got out.
Suicidal Tendencies - Season 3 Episode 17
This episode is fairly infamous in the Arrow community, as it did the one thing that most people hate about then movie, they killed the fan favorite character Deadshot in the end of the episode. This was because of the upcoming film, DC didn't want anyone else other than Will Smith playing the character.
The flashbacks on the show are taken from Oliver Queen and given to Deadshot, where we get to see Floyd Lawton becoming Deadshot, seeing that he is a victim of PTSD, seeing that he cared for his family and wanted so bad to be a family man, to fit in, then he failed.
This is Your Sword - Season 3 Episode 22
So, this episode is the main episode that we see Katana in action. We had seen the character using a sword earlier in the season, but this is the first time that she is seen in her costume, and going up against the League of Assassin, killing a lot of them.
Now, here back backstory may not be the same that it is in the comics, but it is still a good look at the character. We are find out about the loss of he child and her husband, making her spend her life as one of solitude.
Batman: The Animated Series
Vendetta - Season 1 Episode 23
This episode is the first appearance of Killer Croc in Batman: The Animated Series, and it tells the origin of Killer Croc, telling you that he is a normal man with a rare skin condition, and not a big monster with scales that goes around eating people, that is King Shark.
The episode shows his abilities that he has gained from his skin condition, mainly slightly enhanced strength, and an adaptability to water habitats, plus his extensive knowledge of the sewer networks of Gotham City (which may or may not come into play in the movie)
Mad Love - Season 4 Episode 21
This episode is one of the best episodes form one of the best DC adaptations that there has ever been, even without this watch list, I would be telling everyone to watch this. The classic episode which shows the origin of the beloved by all (apart from Mr. J that this) Harleen Quinzel a.k.a. Harley Quinn.
This episodes is not just a good look into the origin of Harley Quinn (which is most likely to be in the film considering what we saw in the trailer), but it also shows us what the Joker can be like, and how devious and horrible he can be, manipulating people to do his bidding, just by telling them what they want hear.
Justice League Unlimited
Task Force X - Season 4 Episode 4 (or Season 2 Episode 4 depending if you start from the beginning of Justice League or Justice League Unlimited)
This episode of the brilliant Justice League show, that does not focus on the Justice League in any way what so ever. But what we do get to see, is Task Force X (as it's a kids show, they don't call them the Suicide Squad) breaking into the Justice League headquaters, the Watchtower.
We get to see a good Rick Flag Jr. in the episode, and we get to see another nice interpretation of both Deadshot and Captain Boomerang (although a different person, the are very similar). It shows just how dangerous it is to be a art of the Squad, and the kind of mission that they go on.
Batman: Assault on Arkham
Now, don't be fooled, even though it has Batman's name in the title, it don't mean that he is the main character, in fact, that was just a way of making sure that the movie actually made money, he has less than 20 minutes of screen time in this 70 minute movie.
Set in the Arkham Games-verse, shows Amanda Waller putting the Squad together so that they can break into Arkham and steal something that she wants (I'm seeing a pattern here). Unfortunately (like almost ever Suicide Squad story) something goes wrong, and they have to improvise with both Batman and Joker on the playing field.
In the film, we get a nice portrayal of the world greatest assassin, Deadshot, and a very good version of Harley Quinn as well. We get to see there strange relationship that is between them (something that comics deal with, and that will most likely be in the film), and how it maybe affects the team around them.
We also get to see Jokers interacting with the Suicide Squad, which we will get to see in the movie as well, and watching as they handle with his chaos and twisted sense of humor go up against the government.
This films is also a very good film to watch to get a feel for the character of Amanda Waller, she's not a woman of action, but she is the most formidable person in the room. There is a scene where they have the entire Suicide Squad in a room in once of the first scenes in the film, and you can''t help but think what a badass she actually is, and she barley moves in the scene.
Suicide Squad Vol. 1: Kicked in the Teeth
Now, although this is base that the movie is obviously going of, as the film has El Diablo and a monster character (King Shark in the comic, Killer Croc in the film) in the Squad, but if there is one thing that you should try and avoid, it's getting used to main characters (Deadshot and Harley Quinn to an extent) as they are written, as they are not as good as pre-new 52 versions of the character.
All the other character are written very well though, Captain Boomerang, El Diablo, and King Shark (Killer Croc in the film) will likely be very much like they are in this comic (although don't expect Killer Croc to eat anyone, he's not that kind of person you know).
The following aren't things that I think you HAVE to take a look at, but if you would like to, then feel free to.
Shield - Season 10 Episode 1
I have not seen this episode, but I nearly put it on the list because of the live action portrayal of Rick Flag Jr., which I think at least not worthy.
Suicide Squad: From The Ashes
As someone who is interested in the Suicide Squad, this collected mini-series is talked about a lot, and is seen as one of the best Suicide Squad stories. Basically id you see then name John Ostrander, buy it!
Lone Gunman - Season 1 Episode 3
This episode was the first appearance by a fairly well know villain from the comic books, and it shows off all Deadshot gadgets, the wrist guns, how good of a shot he actually is, and his eye sight, (which is a little too big to be all that serious).
Now, the only reason that this isn't on the list, is because I'm reading it at the moment, and didn't want to research it, and spoil it for myself, so read it if you want, what I've read is good, but no spoilers!