Jack and Troy from ZiaComics.com get all nerdy about the upcoming Suicide Squad movie.
The Suicide Squad is an aptly named group. They are some of the most vile and treacherous villains that could be pulled from the depths of all of DC Comics prisons. The idea behind their black ops group is the government will take time off their prison sentence for successfully completing missions.
The catch is the missions all have slim to no chance of success. The government will disavow any knowledge of the group if any members are caught or killed. The members are implanted with an explosive device that can be triggered if they deviate from the mission or attempt to escape.
The Suicide Squad has had many members over the years. The government selects inmates that are most suited for the mission at hand. The movie is using a particular set of villains/anit-heroes.
The cast as we know it so far:
Will Smith as Deadshot: An expert marksman and assassin. Smith stated that Deadshot and Harley Quinn are “allies” in the film, but that they do not know what is happening with the other characters.
Jared Leto as Joker: A psychopathic supervillain. Leto described his role as “nearly Shakespearean” and a “beautiful disaster of a character”. About portraying the villain he stated “I took a pretty deep dive. But this was a unique opportunity and I couldn’t imagine doing it another way. It was fun, playing these psychological games. But at the same time it was very painful.”
Leto never broke character throughout filming with Smith going as far as stating he never met him. In preparation for the role, Leto spent his time alone, listened to gospel music from the 1920s—commenting he senses “Joker may be much older than people think”—and read literature on shamanism.
Influences for the character’s appearance include Mexican cartel bosses and the work of Alejandro Jodorowsky. Leto stated that he spoke with doctors and spent time with psychopaths in preparation for his role. The character’s tattoos were added by Ayer, who considered it gave a modernized gangster look to Joker.
Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn: A crazed super villain and former psychiatrist. Producer Richard Suckle described the character as “a fan fave. Funny, crazy, scary… You can’t come up with enough adjectives to describe all the different things you see her do.” Robbie described Quinn as one of the Squad’s most manipulative members, and her relationship with Joker as “incredibly dysfunctional”, adding that Quinn is “mad about him—like, literally, mad. She’s crazy. But she loves him. And it’s a really unhealthy, dysfunctional relationship. But an addictive one.”
Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flag: A military officer who leads the Task Force X team. Tom Hardy was previously cast in the role but was forced to drop out due to scheduling conflicts.
Viola Davis as Amanda Waller: The government official who gives out the Squad’s orders. Davis stated she is fascinated by the character, singling out her psychology and strength and describing her as a “powerful black woman, hard, ready to pick up a gun and shoot anyone at will.” She described Waller as “relentless in her villainy” and noted that her powers are “her intelligence and her complete lack of guilt.” Davis read M. E. Thomas’ autobiography Confessions of a Sociopath to prepare for her role.
Jai Courtney as Boomerang: An assassin who utilizes deadly boomerangs. About his role, Courtney stated, “he is an absolute bogan, in the purest sense. David Ayer’s first instruction was, ‘find your inner shitbag’.”
Jay Hernandez as El Diablo: A former Los Angeles gang member who can summon flames. Hernandez sets his character apart from his teammates as he “just wants to stay out of the fight”, while “most of the Squad members are happy to get out there and kill people”.
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Killer Croc: A supervillain who suffers from a skin condition that causes him to develop reptilian features. Akinnuoye-Agbaje described the character as “a cannibal with rage issues”.
Cara Delevingne as June Moone / Enchantress: A powerful sorceress. An ancient evil force, she is inadvertently unleashed by adventure-seeker June Moone after a long time of imprisonment. Enchantress is not a member of the Suicide Squad, but her powers draw Amanda Waller’s attention. Delevingne explains the entity is “an ancient sorceress. A feral being.”
Karen Fukuhara as Tatsu Yamashiro/Katana: An expert martial artist and swords-woman. She serves as Rick Flag’s bodyguard and wields the mystical Soultaker blade, capable of trapping the souls of its victims. As she is a volunteer, not a criminal, she does not have a micro-bomb implant. Fukuhara stated that Katana “has morals and codes. She can also slice through hundreds of people without taking a breath.”
Adam Beach as Christopher Weiss/Slipknot: Another member of the squad.
To further establish the interconnection between the films of the shared universe, Ben Affleck will reprise his role as Batman.
Scott Eastwood (son of Clint Eastwood) is in the movie but his role has to be divulged.