'Suicide Squad': What You Need to Know About DC's Team of Bad Guys

9:35 AM 8/4/2016

by George Johnston

Meet the 'Suicide Squad' characters you need to know, including Harley Quinn, Deadshot, Enchantress, Amanda Waller and Captain Boomerang.

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When the government needs secret missions done that can be disavowed latter, they send in the Suicide Squad. Officially going under the project name Task Force X, the government assigns its super criminals to what are assessed as suicide missions with the promise of time served if the mission is completed.

Based on the popular series created by John Ostrander in the 1980s, Suicide Squad has had multiple series though out the years, with these runs helping popularize the characters that are still beloved today.

Warren Bros. will be releasing an adaptation of the popular DC comic Aug.  5 — and while everyone knows The Joker — many of these characters are being introduced to a mass audience for the first time.

Here's a guide for those not familiar with the characters (or, a refresher for those who need it).

  • Deadshot

    Nobody on the Suicide Squad wants to die more than Deadshot. In his life, Floyd Lawton (Will Smith) has earn both fear and respect as a top assassin in the DC universe. He mainly takes assignments with little chance of survival. The only redeeming thing about Deadshot might be his love for his daughter, somebody for whom he would literally kill.

  • The Joker

    All it took was one bad day to turn an ordinary man into the Joker. Having survived a slip into an acid container, the Joker (Jared Leto) discovered his skin was bleached white and that he had lost his mind (depending on which comic book storyline you believe). The Joker found purpose fighting Batman and causing as much chaos as he could. Who the Joker was before his transformation has always been a mystery even the Dark Knight could not solve. As the Joker says, “If I'm going to have a past, I prefer it to be multiple choice!"

  • Harley Quinn

    Once a respected therapist, Harleen Quinzel's life changed forever when Batman returned the Joker to Arkham Asylum one night. While Dr. Quinnzel (Margot Robbie) thought she was helping the Joker, the clown prince of crime was slowing turning the good doctor mad, according to the 1994 graphic novel The Batman Adventures: Mad Love. Following in his footsteps, Harley jumped freely into a vat of acid to become Harley Quinn, the girlfriend of the Harlequin of Hate.

  • Rick Flag


    There are three things Rick Flag loves: mom, apple pie and baseball. He is the field commander of the Suicide Squad and never lets them forget it. In his comic incarnation, Flagg (Joel Kinnaman) served in a beta version of Task Force X with three other teammates, two scientist who sacrifice their lives for Flagg and his girlfriend.

  • Amanda Waller

    Step out of line, Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) will make sure the punishment fits the crime. Waller heads the Task Force X program. She assigns the Suicide Squad their deadly missions and always expects the mission be a success. In the comics, she has been called Amanda “The Wall”  Waller in recognition of her toughness.

  • Captain Boomerang

    He comes from the land down under. Australian George “Digger” Harkness (Jai Courtney) came to America to seek fortune by any means necessary. Going by the name Captain Boomerang, Harkness uses boomerangs to commit crimes and battle superhero nemesis The Flash.

  • El Diablo

    Starting as a gang leader in Los Angeles, Chato Santana (Jay Hernandez) gained gain pyrokinetic abilities after a meeting with the first El Diablo Lazarus Lane. But Santana is reluctant to use his powers following the accidental death of a mother and daughter by his hand.

  • Killer Croc

    Waylon Jones never had an easy life. Born with an extreme case of ichthyosis, Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje) was mocked constantly for his reptilian appearance. He decided to get his revenge against the world by becoming the top crime lord in Gotham City. Coming into conflict with Batman several times, Killer Croc has been sent to both Arkham Asylum and Belle Reve prison.

  • Enchantress

    June Moon (Cara Delevingne) never asked to be the magical Enchantress, but she was cursed by spirits while exploring ancient ruins to change into the evil sorceress. Now Moon seeks a way to break her curse and stop her Enchantress transformations.

  • Katana

    As deadly with her fists as her sword, Tatsu Yamashiro (Karen Fukuhara) joined the squad out of a sense of honor and duty. She helps Flagg control the Suicide Squad with her soul-eating sword. She had previously been know to be an ally of Batman.

  • Slipknot

    Christopher Weiss (Adam Beach) was working in a chemical factory when he stumbled upon a formula for super durable rope. Weiss used this formula to pursue a career in super crime. He was done battle with heroes like Firestorm and other vigilantes. Slipknot is very dangerous and probably does not care to be confused with the band.