So DC’s Suicide Squad movie was just released this past Friday (Aug 5th, 2016) and it has crushed the Box Office with some good numbers, despite terrible reviews via Rotten Tomatoes. But of course, critics are “critics”, and the best way to judge a movie is to go see it for yourself.
With that being said, a short introduction to the Suicide Squad via Wiki:
The Suicide Squad initiative functions as an unorthodox work release program, which explains why many of the DC Universe’s super-villains remain perpetually on the loose—regardless of how many occasions they are apprehended and incarcerated for their latest crimes. The modern incarnation, the Suicide Squad, is an antihero “strike team” of incarcerated, death row super-villains. Acting as deniable, covert assets of the United States government, it undertakes high-risk, black-ops missions in exchange for commuted prison sentences. The group operates out of Belle Reve Penitentiary under the directorship of Amanda Waller.
Deadshot / Floyd Lawton
Played by Will Smith. Deadshot has no superhuman powers but is known as the world’s deadliest and most accurate marksman in the DC Universe and hires out his services as an assassin. Deadshot also wears a cybernetic eyepiece to further increase his accuracy. Deadshot made his first appearance in “The Man Who Replaced Batman” (1950) as a new crime fighter, but is later revealed to be an enemy of Batman when he attempts to replace the Dark Knight.
Fun Fact: As a child, Lawton idolized his brother. When his mother convinced his brother to kill their father, his brother locked Floyd outside. Floyd, wishing to save his brother from a grim future, took a rifle to shoot the gun out of his brother’s hand. He was sitting in the tree branch when it broke and Floyd accidentally shot his brother in the head. Lawton inadvertently kills the brother he loves to save the father he hated.
Harley Quinn / Harleen Quinzel
Played by Margot Robbie. Harley Quinn was first introduced in the Batman: The Animated Series episode “Joker’s Favor”. She is most famously known as the Joker’s lover/side-kick. Harleen Quinzel was a psychiatric intern at Arkham Asylum. There, she met the Joker and became instantly interested. The Joker saw that, and manipulated and seduced her until she eventually fell in love with him. She believed he was just doing these criminal acts to get people to laugh, but finding no one laughing at his antics. She eventually concluded that Batman was the cause to this and believed Batman was being a bully to the Joker.
Fun Fact: Harley Quinn’s character was inspired by a “Days Of Our Lives” episode where a dream sequence occurred where Arleen Sorkin dressed as a court jester.
Killer Croc / Waylon Jones
Played by Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje. Waylon Jones was born with a rare genetic disorder. This gave him the characteristics of a reptile, complete with thick scaly skin, sharp claws and jagged teeth. His birth was so unusual that it caused the death of his mother. Raised by his drunken aunt, he was tormented at home and at school. Committing cold blooded murder, he escaped from prison and joined a travelling carnival where he wrestled alligators to the death as the “Killer Croc.” Afterwards, he relocated to Gotham City with the dream of becoming a crime lord.
Fun Fact: Killer Croc had a role in Jason Todd becoming the second Robin. It was originally written that Killer Croc killed Jason Todd’s parents and Batman taking him in, but this was later revised to Two-Face being the killer.
El Diablo / Chato Santana
Played by Jay Hernandez. Chato Santana was the ruthless and powerful leader of a dangerous street gang in Los Angeles who gained pyrokinetic powers following an encounter with the original El Diablo (Lazarus Lane). After a rival gang sold drugs on his turf and refused to give him a cut, Chato attacked them at their home, setting the building ablaze. Entering the building, he found that not only the gangsters, but also a woman and children, had died in the blaze. Distraught, he allowed himself to be taken into custody. Where at some point was captured by Amanda Waller and forced to join the Suicide Squad.
Fun Fact: While on death row at Belle Reve prison, his cell filled up with gas and he was implanted with a micro-bomb to insure his obedience. After undergoing torture to test his loyalty, El Diablo was officially inducted into the Suicide Squad.
Captain Boomerang / Digger Harkness
Played by Jai Courtney. Captain Boomerang is a villain who uses…get ready for this…..Boomerangs as his main choice of weapons. He first appeared in “Flash Vol . 1 #117” where Digger tried to pick someone’s pocket. He was spotted by the Flash, Digger then threw a boomerang at him and flattened him. Realizing what he could do, he began a criminal career as Captain Boomerang, using both regular and gimmicky boomerangs for ever more spectacular crimes.
Fun Fact: Captain Boomerang’s costume and name was originally intended to market a new toy boomerang at the company owned by his father W. W. Wiggins.
Tatsu Yamashiro / Katana
Played by Karen Fukuhara. Trained in martial arts and swordsmanship from a young age, Yamashiro possesses vast combat skills and tactical expertise. She carries around a mystical blade known as Soultaker which is a sword that steals the soul of those that it kills. In the Suicide Squad movie, she volunteers to join the team and serves as Rick Flag’s bodyguard.
Fun Fact: One of the souls trapped in her sword is that of her husbands’, who was killed by the Yakuza. Katana usually communicates with her husband’s soul via Soultaker during combat.
Played by Joel Kinnaman. The leader of the Suicide Squad, who executes Amanda Waller’s orders but does not always agree with her goals or methods. Though highly skilled and trained, Rick Flag does not have superpowers. He does occasionally have issues with mental instability, which is exactly what you want when you’re about to embark on high-stakes, high-risk missions with a group of known super villains.
Fun Fact: Rick Flag is a Jr. His father, Rick Flag Sr. served in WWII in a unit called the Suicide Squadron.
Played by Jared Leto. Although not a member of the Suicide Squad, a notable mention must be made. The Joker really needs no introduction, he is known as Batman’s most iconic archenemy. The Joker is a master criminal with a clown-like appearance. Initially portrayed as a violent sociopath who murders people for his own amusement, the Joker later in the 1940s began to be written as a goofy trickster-thief. That characterization continued through the late-1950s and 1960s before the character became again depicted as a vicious, calculating, psychopathic killer.
Fun Fact: The Joker has been responsible for numerous tragedies in Batman’s life, including the paralysis of Barbara Gordon (Batgirl) and the murders of Jason Todd (Robin) and Jim Gordon’s second wife Sarah Essen.