Don’t know who Deadshot is? Never heard of Diablo? Well with the release of David Ayer’s Suicide Squad, the latest foray into the DC universe, we take a look at the profiles behind those villains that make up the Suicide Squad.
Harley Quinn, the character that was first introduced in Batman: The Animated Series in 1992 and became so popular she made her way into comic lore the following year. Full name is Harleen Frances Quinzel, Harley started off as a psychiatrist at Arkham Asylum where she first came into contact with the nefarious Joker, and subsequently becoming fascinated by him. Eventually Harley became the Jokers on and off again sidekick and companion after going a little bit loopy. The character has broken through into the mainstream with roles in highly praised comic runs, and taken the DC universe by storm to the point where she is more well regarded then a lot of older Batman villains.
Deadshot, real name Floyd Lawton, is an assassin for hire known for his impeccable aim and claim to “never miss”. He first appeared in issue #59 of Batman in 1950, but instead of wearing the red suit and mask, he donned a top hat and tails. Initially coming across as a crime fighter, he is exposed by Batman and Commissioner Gordon for his aspirations to rule Gotham’s criminal underworld and sentenced to jail. Deadshot has no superhuman powers, just his incredible precision with any weapon.
Played memorably by Jai Courtney in the film, Captain Boomerang is also known as George ‘Digger’ Harkness, a career criminal who specialises in creating and using an assortment of boomerangs as weapons. Harkness isn’t actually a Batman villain but an enemy of The Flash, and he first appeared in issue #117 of the heroes comic run in 1960. Despite being a member of the Suicide Squad, he is often considered by his colleagues as the runt of the pack, preferring to look out for himself and frequently watching the other members of the squad face peril. He even coerces Slipknot into testing the boundaries of the explosive chip in their bodies with less than pleasant consequences.
There have been a couple iterations of of El Diablo in the DC universe, first there was Lazarus Lane, then Rafael Sandoval, and now Chato Santana, which is the version used in the film Suicide Squad. Jay Hernandez takes on the role as Santana, a criminal who after accidentally killing innocent children during a debt collection goes quietly with police. In the comics he undergoes torture to prove his affiliation to the suicide squad, and in the film opts to maintain a peaceful way of being unless absolutely necessary.
Killer Croc has had a few different appearances through the years, the hulking enemy of Batman was born Waylon Jones and afflicted with a form of atavism which gives him his reptile like appearance and traits. He first came about in the Detective Comics in the 1980s, starting out as a mysterious figure that lurked in the shadows before going on to display his full form. Croc has had an interesting history throughout his run in the DC comic universe, going into fights with Batman, Robin, and Bane, as well as meeting up with Swamp Thing. The longer he seems to feature in the comics, the more animal like his traits become.
First appearing in 1966 in the Strange Adventures comics, the Enchantress also known as June Moon has played the role of both hero and villain throughout her appearances. The film version of the character is much darker than what we’ve seen on the page, and a bit different. The character is quite well versed in the DC comics, having appeared in a wide range of titles including JLA, Green Lantern and Supergirl.
Slipknot is a minor villain in the DC comics, usually imprisoned one way or another, which likely explains his very short and unnecessary appearance in the film. Real name Christopher Weiss, Slipknot made his first appearance in 1984 in Fury of Firestorm. In the comics he joins the Suicide Squad when the Manhunters (extraterrestrial robots) make an appearance. Why the name Slipknot? Well he develops a chemical formula to apply to his ropes that make them nearly indestructible, making them a fairly useful weapon for strangling, restraining and jumping around.
Rick Flag came around in 1959, and is actually the name of a couple of characters of the same family. Rick Flag Snr was part of the first Suicide Squad assembled in World War II, Rick Flag Jr. is the incarnation we’ll be seeing in the film. A by the books Colonel who is put in charge of leading the squad on their missions, and keeping the nefarious collection of villains in check. The role was originally to be played by Tom Hardy, but due to conflicts with his schedule on The Revenant he had to pull out which allowed for Joel Kinnaman to step into the role.
The bad, bad brains behind the Suicide Squad, Amanda Waller pulls no punches in her pursuit of getting the job done. She first appeared in Legends #1 in 1986, and is regularly placed in charge of running the Suicide Squad for it’s operations. Since her introduction into the comics Waller has become a mainstay, being nicknamed ‘The Wall’ and featuring in numerous adaptations of DC works. These include Smallville, Green Lantern, and a number of animated projects. In the New 52 she is the director of A.R.G.U.S. (Advanced Research Group Uniting Superhumans), a federal agency mentioned a few times in the film and likely any upcoming DC works because it was introduced following Darkseid’s invasion.
So there we have it, the members of the Suicide Squad who feature in the film and a short bit about them if you didn’t already know. If you haven’t seen it already you can check out our review of Suicide Squad here, and feel free to let us know what you thought of the film.