What's up nerds? Welcome to Cool Nerd Knowledge, and this week we're going to be talking to you about the Suicide Squad. Now the movie looks pretty promising, but there's alot of history here that the movie may miss out on. Fact, the Suicide Squad goes all the way back to 1959!
Watch Scott breakdown the Suicide Squad in the video above, or if you're not the video viewing type, read the blogged out version below.
The Suicide Squad first appeared in The Brave and the Bold #25 in September of 1959 simply as a group to replace the Justice Society of America. The team's first incarnation consisted of Rick Flag, Karen Grace (Flag's girlfriend), Jess Bright, and Dr. Hugh Evans. It is interesting to note that this team does not have any super powers, they are all of genius intellect and have military training. It was not until after the events of Crisis on Infinite Earths that the team was revamped into the more popular team we know and love today.
The Modern Age Squad
After the events of 1986's Crisis on Infinite Earths, the team was reimagined as a team of villains and criminals forced into carrying out secret black ops missions for the government with little to no chance of success... hence the name "Suicide Squad." The team was formulated by Amanda "The Wall" Waller and consisted of Rick Flag, Deadshot, Bronze Tiger, Enchantress, Captain Boomerang and Blockbuster. The group was still constantly changing due to some members being killed on said missions, but this was the core group.
New 52 Squad
After the events of Flashpoint, the team went back to the drawing board yet again. They kept the secret black ops missions, but now sported a new team which included the likes of Amanda Waller, Deadshot, Harley Quinn, El Diablo, Black Spider, Voltiac and King Shark (among others.) The high mortality of squad membership led this team to be an ever changing squad, similar to previous iterations. To alleviate the pesky "death" problem, Amanda Waller had scientists drum up a serum to heal recipients at abnormal speeds, and in some cases even bring them back from the dead!
Think that this Amanda Waller character sounds like a generous leader? Think again. Waller has gone as far as using explosive collars and nanobombs implanted into squad members for those who went off mission or were not compliant. (My favorite instance of this is when KGBeast called Amanda Waller's bluff and then she was all like "go ahead and leave" and he's all like "Da!" then he walked out of the room and his head blew up! Watch it below)
The team is currently set to receive another roster change. This version will consist of Black Hand, Parasite, Cheetah, Poison Ivy, Reverse-Flash, and Talon from the Court of Owls. The Suicide Squad has also appeared in other forms of media for you non-reading folk (which makes no sense because you're literally reading right now.) Suicide Squad had appearances in the Task Force X episode of Justice League Unlimited, they've had a few episodes in each season of Arrow and and of course they're slated for the big screen in summer 2016.
Well, there you have it! Now the next time you talk about Suicide Squad to you friends, you can tell them about how the original squad was nothing but a bunch of boring military geniuses that looked more equipped to do your taxes rather than save the world. If you like what you read or viewed here and if your interested in learning more about the Suicide Squad or comics in general, please head on over to our YouTube Channel. Every Wednesday we release another segment of Cool Nerd Knowledge, and tune in every Friday for our LIVE Nerdcast!
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