Warning: This article may contain spoilers about Suicide Squad
Suicide Squad is one of this year's most anticipated films. We're all obsessing over our favorite Task Force X villains before the movie's even been released. We need something to hold us off till August 5th, and watching the trailers in loop simply won't suffice (no matter how dark, twisted, and funny they are).
We must discuss it, analyze it, and go all Harley Quinn crazy over it. So let's listen to the voices in our head, and talk about which of these supervillains should get their own live-action spin-off movie.
1. Harley Quinn by Margot Robbie
Harley Quinn is both the obvious and not-so-obvious choice. While we've all grown attached to Quinn's madness in the comics, she was never the central character, but mostly just appeared if the Joker was involved. In the trailers, it appears as though the Joker is more dependent on Harley than vice-versa.
His lover/partner-in-crime doesn't have the most backstory compared to other characters, which already seems to be touched upon in Suicide Squad. However, the DC Extended Universe is known for changing things up a bit for some added mystery. With Margot Robbie, it would undoubtedly be a big money-maker for Warner Bros. Luckily, the production company already knows this because this Harley Quinn-centered spin-off has already been confirmed.
Since the Suicide Squad trailers have been released, much of the fuss has been focused around Margot Robbie's interpretation of the supervillain. Not only has the actress established herself in Wolf of Wall Street (2013), but the promo videos have her looking all kinds of proper crazy while only hinting at her abilities... And we love it.
2. The Joker by Jared Leto
The Joker may be an even more obvious choice than Harley Quinn. After all, this DC criminal is one of the most iconic villains of all time. You never really know what he'll do next and he has ample history to work with. The Joker both lightens up and darkens the tone of DC comics, adding his twisted humor and fascinated psychology to the mix.
The Joker has always been played to perfection, most notably by Jack Nicholson and the late Heath Ledger. Now, Jared Leto seems to be following in his predecessor's footsteps, using a method acting technique in which he refuses to break character off-set, embracing the supervillain's ways in his daily life — to an extent. The world is hooked to his madness and it's about time he got his own live-action movie (which could even include Harley Quinn).
It's been too long since Will Smith kind of geared away from the spotlight. And we're not okay with it. It's time to bring him back and he seems to be owning his role as DC's Deadshot. While Rick Flag (Joel Kinnaman) is the designated Task Force X leader under Amanda Waller's (Viola Davis) orders, Floyd Lawton seems to have taken on some of the responsibility amongst his peers. Will Smith is simply too good to "waste" on a group movie, meaning they need to make his own spin-off.
As far as live-action is concerned, we've seen some of Deadshot's background story in The CW series Arrow. Lawton has an intriguing psychology as a tormented US Marine Corps veteran turned mercenary who never truly wanted to be the man pulling the trigger. There's no doubt he's a villain, but he's also a family man who avoids killing people unnecessarily (i.e. if it doesn't benefit him personally).
4. Enchantress by Cara Delevingne
Cara Delevingne's transition from modeling to acting has made her a rising star to be reckoned with. We haven't seen much of her in the Suicide Squad trailers, but she seems to be beautifully portraying her character's tormented conflicting darkness. Rumors have been running wild that the Enchantress is in fact the movie's central enemy, or at the very least the villain's sidekick. The possibility of the witch being possessed by what is currently being referred to as the principal "adversary" is likely.
Since we haven't actually seen the movie yet, let's explore this topic with the assumption that June Moone's character hasn't yet been properly addressed. Enchantress is an antihero with much substance, given her constant conflict of juggling her good June Moone side along with her evil witchcraft. Since she simultaneously covers both spectrums, this makes her perfectly adept at handling her own live-action spin-off movie.
5. Killer Croc by Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje
Killer Croc is making his live-action debut in Suicide Squad. He is (quite obviously) like no other villain, having to struggle with his unique appearance. This makes for an interesting type of villain, given his rare genetic condition that makes him look like a crocodile. Casual.
His alter ego, Waylon Jones, already had an aggressive fighter in him as he was a sideshow wrestler, but add the cannibalistic and animalistic reptile tendencies and you've got yourself a particularly unique villain... He may not have gotten as much attention as the previously mentioned supervillains, but he certainly has the capability of starring in his own spin-off.
6. Katana by Karen Fukuhara
Katana is slightly more reserved when compared to the more outspoken Harley Quinn, or for that matter, most of the other members of Task Force X. She can easily slip into the shadows, which seems to be what's happening in the Suicide Squad trailers. However, Tatsu Yamashiro has an extensive and tragic backstory, much of which is explored (and distorted) in Arrow.
Her powers go far beyond the extent of martial arts and swordfighting, even though her skills in the latter are so mastered they would suffice on their own. Her weapon, the Soultaker Sword, is a whole new kind of f*cked up. Not only is it lethal to the body, but it also traps the souls of her victims.
Katana's added ability to communicate with the dead allows for the introduction of an entirely different world, which also provides her spin-off with the option of including certain previously-deceased characters. Her story is one of much conflict and depth, allowing this to be a killer spin-off — no pun intended.
Which Suicide Squad villain would you like to see a live-action spin-off of?