One of the great things about DC’s Suicide Squad, much like Marvel’s Avengers and the X-Men, is its revolving door system. Metahumans and supervillains come and go, and when a character isn’t pulling their weight, Amanda Waller can simply detonate that explosive in his neck and induct the next.
David Ayer’s Suicide Squad assembles its Task Force X from a comic book-faithful hybrid of New 52 New Suicide Squad members and classic, late ’80s, John Ostrander-era Suicide Squad (with the exception of Killer Croc, who substitutes for King Shark). It’s a pretty solid mix of characters, although Captain Boomerang and Croc are both under-developed.
Looking forward to Suicide Squad 2 (which David Ayer claims to have begun thinking about already), it seems like a pretty safe bet that the Squad will be given a refresh – Deadshot won’t be going anywhere, but others may be on the chopping block. Let’s take a look at six DC bad guys who could be unlucky enough to get recruited into Task Force X by the “mean lady” herself.
There’s something faintly hilarious about superheroes who do battle in the ocean, and like his arch-enemy Aquaman, Black Manta’s usefulness on dry ground might begin and end with enhanced strength — but I like the idea that Waller’s Squad is comprised of supervillains hated by the various members of the Justice League. These two teams have polar opposite ideals, and as the Suicide Squad mid-credits scene teased, they’re bound to clash every now and then.
The serum given to Black Manta to cure his autism resulted in enhanced strength and endurance, but conversely gave him some pretty intense rage issues. He can also shoot energy beams and torpedoes. His costume is pure love/hate, but as the above panel demonstrates, he looks pretty much at home fighting alongside Harley, Deadshot and Boomerang, and it would be good to have somebody in the DCEU’s take on the Squad who comes off as an out-and-out villain, in contrast with Will Smith’s more morally ambiguous Deadshot.
Something good was being smoked when Count Vertigo was birthed. Descended from a bloodline of royalty in the fictitious Eastern European nation of Vlatava (yes, really), the Count is a jewel thief who wears an ear device designed to correct his off-centre sense of balance. By toying with the device, he turned into a weapon which affects the balance of those around him.
That may sound like a truly terrible skill to possess (Vertigo has no actual powers), but the split-second advantage it gives him during combat makes the Count a potentially deadly adversary. He also owns a pair of magnetic boots which allow him to walk walls. I don’t know how useful that is, but it sure looks badass. Finally, his bipolar diagnosis makes Vertigo beautifully unpredictable — would he stick with the Squad or attempt a double-cross? — and being a relative unknown outside of the comics gives somebody a chance to put their own distinct mark on the character.
Strong cape game, too.
For one of the great DC villains, it’s surprising that Deathstroke hasn’t wielded his vast arsenal of weapons in a live-action movie yet. Adding him to the Suicide Squad would be a major fan-pleasing move, but it would also extreme martial arts to the team’s array of skills — and probably more importantly, give the DCEU a Deadpool of its own to play with.
You could perhaps argue that Deathstroke is almost too powerful for the Squad — his powers, including but not limited to superhuman strength, accelerated healing (albeit with the side effect of temporary insanity), master karate skills, and a suit made of Nth metal which renders him borderline infallible, would leave Deadshot in the dust — but considering Amanda Waller’s very rationale for assembling Task Force X is to fight metahumans with metahumans, that hardly seems like a problem.
One of the many DC anti-heroines who favors the “more is more” approach of black hair, black lips and black costume, Nightshade (real name Eve Eden) has a seriously left-of-field set of abilities which instantly differentiates her from her counterparts on the page and would make her an excellent addition to the team in Suicide Squad 2.
She can teleport, and teleport others, through the Land of Nightshades, a mysterious shadowland once inhabited by her family, now all dead. In making the shadowwalk, though, a whole pantheon of nightmarish visions appears, so painful that it threatens the prospect of insanity. That’s the kind of hell the Suicide Squad deserves to be put through, and it would make for one hell of a trippy movie. I’m down.
The only character on this list never involved with the Suicide Squad in DC Comics, it’s actually quite a surprise that Raven has managed to avoid Amanda Waller’s clutches. Born of a demon father and human mother, Raven has a highly unique set of skills — she can sense, absorb, suppress and alter the emotions of those around her, can teleport and manipulate time. She also has precognition (visions of the future) and the ability to separate her “soul self” from her physical body.
In many ways she’s like DC’s take on Jean Grey, right down to going on the rampage when possessed by the darkness within. She may be a good guy who sometimes goes bad rather than an outright villain, but Raven is vastly more powerful than any existing member of the Squad, and the DCEU could really use an injection of demonic energy right now (one of the problems with Suicide Squad being that most of them aren’t metahumans and have limited special skills). On top of all that, she looks like a bad bitch.
Batman is the glue holding this DCEU together, and his presence is felt in every movie, but he almost felt superfluous to Suicide Squad. He didn’t actually need to show up before the mid-credits scene. The problem, if you can call it that, is that Batman is such a charismatic character, audiences want as much of him as possible. But there may be a solution to that dilemma, and his name is Savant.
Essentially, Savant is a kind of lesser-known Batman. Like Bruce Wayne, he’s a billionaire with genius-level intellect, but unlike the Bat he put that brainpower to villainous use by blackmailing Gotham’s criminal elite. He’s also a tech expert and a master of combat, making him a pretty useful addition to the Squad (he left and returned a couple of times during Suicide Squad Vol. 4 in the New 52 continuity) — at least, moreso than a man with crocodile skin.
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