In a film crammed full of antiheroes and semi-reformed villains, not to mention shifting alliances and ulterior motives, it's very difficult to predict who will be Suicide Squad's main antagonist.
Many fans are rallying behind the Joker as the villain of the piece, and their hype is only fed by the new posters which position him as the grand puppet-master — not to mention the TV spots released earlier this year, which highlighted the importance of his role.
But is this all just a lot of smoke and mirrors? Probably, because lurking in the wings is the crafty, immensely powerful Enchantress, whose role in the film still hasn't been made clear. Or at least, it hadn't until yesterday.
David Ayer's Hints Are Really Obvious
Speaking to Total Film, Ayer shed some light on those creepy creatures spotted in the Suicide Squad trailers. Not a lot of light, mind you, more like a dusty beam filtering into a darkened and damp cave, but that's plenty enough to shine a spotlight onto a certain demonic goddess with a penchant for spelunking.
Here's what Ayer had to say about those supernatural beasts.
"When [Task Force X] are called in to do this mission by Amanda [Waller], these are one of the things they encounter. They don’t know how they got here, but they’re weird and dangerous and yet they’re wearing military uniforms."
Alright, so the Squad will battle these beings while on their mission. So far, so much we already knew. Obviously the supernatural nature of the creatures point a massive red arrow towards Enchantress being the villain. But that misleading comment about the creatures wearing military uniforms might be the final piece of the puzzle.
Back when the Blitz trailer was released, we noticed something odd — Enchantress seemed to have infiltrated the Whitehouse, in order to put herself in command of the government, and therefore Task Force X.
"Let's have some fun."
It's a quick hint, but the big Whitehouse logo on the wall behind Enchantress is a dead giveaway. Oh, and she seems to be in the meeting Amanda Waller is holding, as she pitches the formation of the Suicide Squad.
So let's put all the pieces of this puzzle together. Enchantress could well have infiltrated the Whitehouse, and those demonic creatures might actually be transformed members of the US military. Yikes!
We seem to have worked out a major part of the Suicide Squad plot (and "seem" is the operative word here — there's a chance Ayer has hidden the real villain from view completely). But there are still plenty of plot points missing. Most notably, we don't know why Enchantress is doing all of this. In the comics, Julie Moon gets possessed by a demonic entity when performing a ritual to resurrect her brother.
In the Suicide Squad trailers, it seems that June Moon gets possessed while spelunking, but there are several shots of her submerged in a pond beneath a pentagram, which just screams ritual. But it seems likely that Enchantress' motivation is completely different from her comic counterpart. So far, her forces seem determined to wreck all kinds of havoc, and we can't wait to find out why she's doing all this.
Or maybe the Joker's actually behind it all. Only a few lucky few have seen the movie so far. The rest of us will just have to wait until August to find out!
What do you think Enchantress wants?
[Source: Total Film via Uproxx]