A Beginner's Guide to Suicide Squad

By Joel Meadows on at

With DC Comics’ Suicide Squad is heading to the big screen later this year, here’s Gizmodo’s handy guide to the runners and riders on modern comic book’s most popular set of anti-heroes, pulled out of prison and assembled as deniable assets by US government spy Amanda Waller…


Deadshot, aka Floyd Lawton, will be played by Hollywood veteran Will "Men in Black" Smith. This assassin in a red all-in-one suit who never misses with a gun has tangled with Batman in the past in the pages of both Batman and Detective Comics. He will lead the team.

Smith has played cocky before and he’s no stranger to action (see Enemy of The State) nor superhero films (Hancock). He always comes across as likeable so it’ll be interesting to see how he channels his darker side. Deadshot was forced to kill his own brother as a child, a secret he keeps with him.

The Joker

The Joker will be played by Oscar-winning Jared Leto. This character needs no introduction. Scarred by a fall into a chemical vat when he was a petty criminal, he has since become the Clown Prince of Crime. The Joker hasn’t been in the Suicide Squad comics but since he is one of DC’s most iconic villains, it makes sense to have him here.
Leto has a lot to live up to, with Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger playing the role before him. But Dallas Buyer's Club showed that he has real acting chops, so he should be able to carry it off with pizzazz. You can actually picture his manic interpretation of this classic comicbook villain.

Killer Croc

Extensive prosthetics and heavy makeup will turn Adewale Akkinnuoye-Agbaje into the monstrous Killer Croc, the Batman supervillain who suffers from a rare skin condition that turn his flesh into reptilian scales. A Londoner, Akkinnuoye-Agbaje has previously popped up in Game of Thrones, Lost, The Bourne Identity and The Mummy Returns.

Harley Quinn

Harley Quinn, aka Harleen Quinzel, will be played by Margot Robbie of Wolf of Wall Street fame. Harley Quinn was once a psychiatrist who fell in love with The Joker and turned to crime. The Joker’s on-off squeeze in a colourful harlequin costume, she is manic and unpredictable, much like her other half. Harley Quinn has become one of DC’s best-selling books.

Robbie didn’t have much to work with in Wolf of Wall Street, but with a role with more meat on the bones, this may show off her range better. It will call for a lot of crazed action but there were scenes featuring this in Wolf of Wall Street, so it’s likely she will acquit herself well.

Rick Flagg

Rick Flagg will be played by Joel Kinnaman. Flagg is the only non-villain on the team, put there by Waller to keep control. An ex-military man, he is an exceptional fighter. Though original set to be played by Tom Hardy (who would have been admittedly perfect), the Fury Road star had to pull out due to a scheduling conflict. Kinnaman's a fine actor, but has big shoes to fill as Hardy has been well received in other genre films, including DC's own The Dark Knight Rises as silly-voiced Bane.


Boomerang, aka George Harkness and Owen Mercer, will be played by Jai Courtney. Boomerang (Captain Boomerang in the comics) is a Flash villain, suited up first as Harkness and then followed by his son Mercer, who uses boomerangs as weapons. OK, not quite as terrifying as Wolverine's claws, but he puts them to good use!

Aussie actor Courtney certainly has the action experience thanks to appearing alongside Bruce Willis in A Good Day To Die Hard and Boomerang is supposed to be Australian, so his casting makes sense. Time spent in Spartacus also shows that he should be ready for a more prominent big screen appearance.

El Diablo

Jay Hernandez takes the role of El Diablo, a former Los Angeles gang member who can summon flames and burn his enemies to a crisp. Despite this, the character tends to avoid fighting in the new film if possible, unlike his more homicidal squadmates. So, good company for a stubborn barbecue flame, then.


Enchantress, aka June Moone, will be played by Cara Delevingne. Enchantress brings a bit of magic to the team as the schizophrenic Moone, becoming the Enchantress when her dark side comes to the fore. Delevingne looks great but with her scant, with a growing acting CV that includes Anna Karenina and a small part the Pan movie. Delevigne also made an appearance in Grand Theft Auto V, as the voice of the Non-Stop-Pop FM radio host.

Recommended Reading:

Deadshot Beginnings by Kim Yale, John Ostrander and Luke McDonnell

Joker: A Celebration of 75 Years by various

Suicide Squad Volume 1: Kicked In the Teeth by Federico Dallochio and various

Legends of The Dark Knight Marshall Rogers by Marshall Rogers and various

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