February 11, 2015

Suicide Squad

Super-villains doing covert work for the government? Yes, meet the infamous Suicide Squad.

While the team has it's historical ties to a previous organization known as Task Force X, the modern day incarnation of the Suicide Squad was first formed in the mid-1980s miniseries Legends. Gathered together by Amanda Waller, a government official, the initial group consisted mainly of Batman villains such as Deadshot, Blockbuster, Bronze Tiger and others such as Enchantress, Captain Boomerang and many others.  The team's first mission was to eliminate Brimstone, a behemoth sent by Darkseid to terrorize New York City.  Although the mission was a success, Blockbuster was killed in action.

The first meeting of the Suicide Squad

The group would have many more covert operations with a different assortment of super-villain members such as Cluemaster, Reverse-Flash (furthering the alumni of Batman and Flash villains). A few of whom would also not survive their various missions. The group eventually encountered other superhero teams such as the Justice League, Doom Patrol and even the Dark Knight himself. Batman was able to infiltrate the team's headquarters in Belle Reve, a maximum security prison and escape but not without chastising Waller and the unsavory operations of the team. Former Batgirl Barbara Gordon, once provided assistance to the team in her new identity as Oracle as well.  Katana once teamed up with Batman in series as Batman and The Outsiders. 

Suicide Squad film cast

Suicide Squad art by Kate Willaert

The film by David Ayer features the most current and iconic members of the team so far, with Will Smith as Deadshot, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang, and Cara Delevingne had been cast as Enchantress. Jared Leto has been cast as the Joker, who was not an actual member of the Suicide Squad at all but is appearing in a few scenes.

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