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).