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How about that Suicide Squad official trailer? Pretty amazing, right? The editing was outstanding, the use of Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody was a stroke of genius and a bold statement from Warner Brothers that they are willing to take risks.

Even so, we still don't have a clear idea of how this movie will play out in the grand scheme of things. The movie has been already branded as the DC Cinematic Universe version of Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy for not only the risk implied but because of the obscurity of the characters involved.

In a way, that statement is not completely wrong but I believe this movie is a bigger risk in my opinion. Yes, the Guardians of the Galaxy risk paid off and introduced the outer space aspect of the Marvel Cinematic Universe but it did so in an already well-established cinematic universe. The characters were contained in one area whereas Suicide Squad had characters that can expand throughout the DC Cinematic Universe.

Remember, the angle that DC / Warner Bros apparently is using is that of heroes and villains that already exist and have met at some point in their lives, therefore the interactions will have a different dynamic. I believe the ramifications after this movie will be felt across the future of the DC Cinematic Universe even more so than Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice. Bold statement, I know, but we are talking about taking risks, aren't we?

The point of the article is to show that every character in the Squad has the potential of playing an important part, not only in the movie but after the credits have rolled. Harley and The Joker are front and center but the rest of the characters are equally important. There have been different versions of these characters including the New 52 reboot of all DC comics but I will do my best to come up with a conclusion that could fit within the DCCU. Without further ado, here's my individual analysis of the members of the Suicide Squad. Enjoy!

1. Katana

Image via Warner Bros
Image via Warner Bros

Katana has a very sad origin. Her brother-in-law fought with her husband to try to claim her as a prize and during the struggle a fire started, killing Katana's children and distracting Katana's husband in the process, an opportunity that her brother-in-law used to kill him with the sword which would become known as "Soultaker" (pictured above). After years of training and fighting for justice, she manages to track down the person that presented the mystical sword to her brother-in-law in the first place. This is how she meets Batman and is recruited to his team of Outsiders.

In the New 52, Katana changes a little bit having her sword as a 'Sword Totem' supposedly bestowing immortality and enlightenment upon its wielder.

How does she fit into the Suicide Squad?

Katana is truly a wildcard. She could be a double agent for Batman, Amanda Waller's muscle or she could be bound by giri-ninjo (a debt of honor even unto death). Either way, Katana makes a lot of sense to have around for a while. Also, the movie could take a little bit of freedom with the source material and have Katana be the last resource in trying to deal with the supernatural. That takes me to the next members of the squad...

2. El Diablo & The Enchantress

Image(s) via Warner Bros
Image(s) via Warner Bros

El Diablo has been around for a while. With his first appearance back in the 70s as Lazarus Lane, a man operating in the 19th Century in the American Old West as a bank teller who got beat up by a gang and put in a coma. A Native American shaman "revives" Lazarus cursing him to be the host to a spirit of vengeance. The El Diablo we are going to see in the movie is Chato Santana, an ex-criminal that meets Lazarus Lane after being hospitalized.

June Moon was a freelance artist invited to a party at an old castle. She encounters a magical being that empowers her so she could fight an evil presence at the castle, becoming The Enchantress.

Both characters have something in common: magic.

How do they fit into the Suicide Squad?

We haven't seen Enchantress with the actual group although we see her with Rick Flagg for just a split second as June Moon in the file scene. It might be that Enchantress is the secret weapon in the group while the others are the misdirection.

El Diablo is pure fire power (no pun intended). He is someone that could be used in case Enchantress or another member of the group goes rogue.

3. Killer Croc

Image via Warner Bros.
Image via Warner Bros.

Killer Croc is a Batman villain and has tried to cure his illness which gives him that look of a crocodile. Little by little, Croc has been giving in to the beast and losing what's left of the humanity in him because of the progressive nature of his condition.

How does he fit into the Suicide Squad?

Killer Croc is the perfect candidate for an outfit like the Suicide Squad. It might be that Amanda Waller promised him help with his situation. A favor for a favor, just like Amanda likes it (someone with nothing to lose).

4. Slipknot & The Tattooed Man

Image(s) via Warner Bros.
Image(s) via Warner Bros.

The Tattooed Man has the ability of using an unknown process known as sin-grafting. He claims that his tattoos are the sins of the men he has killed. He further states that by placing the tattoos on his body, he redeems those he has killed. The tattoo's peel themselves off his skin by force of his will and then he can mentally direct them in any way he sees fit.

Slipknot is a master in the use of ropes as deadly weapons. He also developed a chemical that make his ropes unbreakable.

How do they fit into the Suicide Squad?

Believe it or not, I think these two are very important to the progress of the film. Tattooed Man reformed at some point in the comics, only for Slipknot to go ahead and kill Tattooed Man's son. It might be that Amanda Waller tries to recruit Tattooed Man and the only way to do that is by provoking him.

5. Captain Boomerang

Image via Warner Bros.
Image via Warner Bros.

When I first saw Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang, I got really excited because I thought he was going to portray Owen Harkness, the son of the original Captain Boomerang. Turns out he will play the original Boomerang, George "Digger" Harkness.

Why was I excited? First, Owen is much cooler and second, Owen showed bursts of speed similar to The Flash. It was hinted for a while that he possessed the Speed Force to some degree.

How does he fit into the Suicide Squad?

Captain Boomerang has always been a staple of the Suicide Squad so it makes sense to include him since, in a way, he is an original member of the Suicide Squad. But the most important reason, I think, is that we may have our first look into the world of the DCCU Flash through Boomerang's eyes.

6. Deadshot & Rick Flagg

Image via Warner Bros
Image via Warner Bros

Now this one gets a little bit more interesting. Deadshot has been portrayed as someone that wants to die and he acknowledges that death wish by putting himself in situations that might end his life. He also had a big brother, whom he idolized, who was killed by accident by Deadshot when he tried to shoot his abusive father. This relationship is mirrored in the interactions he has with Rick Flagg. Throughout the trailers, we see Deadshot interacting with a little girl that may or may not be his daughter. Either way, it seems he cares for her. What if Amanda Waller uses her as a bargaining chip? What if she is dead?

How do they fit into the Suicide Squad?

The relationship between Deadshot and Rick Flagg is going to be very important in my opinion, with Deadshot looking up to Rick Flagg as a big brother and Rick Flagg seeing the so-called villains from Deadshot's perspective.

You don't hire someone like Will Smith and make him shoot a couple of bullets while looking all bad-ass. Deadshot is one of the most complex comic book characters and Will Smith can provide the character with the needed depth.

Rick Flagg is the leader of this group. Without him, there's no Suicide Squad.

7. Harley Quinn

Image via Warner Bros
Image via Warner Bros

I left Harley at the end because she is someone that I'm rooting for to succeed. It's the first time we will see the character on the big screen. I've always said that Harley can stand on her own without the label of being the "Joker's girlfriend."

Harley Quinn is a great character and what defines her is not her "love" for the Joker but her love for madness. The Joker is just the physical embodiment of madness and that's why she is so attracted to him. Harley is a really intelligent individual and a very emotional one, too.

Throughout the trailers we have learnt that she is still the psychiatrist as she was originally created but apparently they will use the new origin where she is "created" by the Joker. That's the only flaw I've seen so far in the character. The original Harley decided to become Harley Quinn and taking that away from her, in my opinion, cheapens the character.

How does she fit into the Suicide Squad?

She is going to be the audience's vehicle into the madness so we can understand it all. It seems we are going to be jumping back and forth between her origin and the present with the squad. Besides, having a trained psychiatrist on the field is a major plus.

I didn't include The Joker because I think he is going to be a standalone side story that would require an entirely different article to try to analyze his roll in the film.

But he does look pretty damn cool, that's for sure.

Image(s) via Warner Bros. / DC Comics
Image(s) via Warner Bros. / DC Comics

Well, there you have it. Thank you very much for your time and I hope you enjoyed the read.

If you made it this far, you deserve to be rewarded by watching the official trailer all over again.

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