“Suicide Squad” includes some characters who are familiar and some who might be new to you. This is a rundown of major players in the movie, with some background on the comic book character and comments from the cast as presented in the press material for the film.
Deadshot (Floyd Lawton)
First appeared in: Batman No. 59
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Abilities: World’s deadliest marksman.
Played by: Will Smith
What Smith says about Deadshot’s motivations: “Deadshot has a daughter he loves more than anything, and he wants desperately to be a great father. But at the same time he keeps the lights on by being a hit man. He is deeply conflicted by the paradox of his love for Zoe and the fact that he gets pleasure out of ridding the world of trash.”
First appeared in: Batman No. 1
Abilities: No special powers but loves gadgets.
Played by: Jared Leto.
What Leto says about love: “The Joker has a very strong attachment to Harley. No one else really matters very much, but why would they when you’ve got her? What’s the rest of the world? It’s just a game. We’re sharing a wicked dream and a good laugh.”
Harley Quinn (Harleen Quinzel)
First appeared in: The Batman Adventures No. 12
Abilities: No special powers but swings a mean mallet.
Played by: Margot Robbie
What Robbie says about Harley loving Joker: “Why does she love this guy? It was one of the things I really struggled to crack with this character. She’s so strong and smart and such a badass, she’s just awesome, but then she falls to pieces over this guy all the time. It’s something I didn’t like about her because I didn’t understand it at first. It turns out it’s not really about the person; it’s a compulsion like alcohol or drug addiction. Once I thought of her relationship with Joker in those terms, as an addiction, I had a world of empathy for her.”
First appeared in: The Brave and the Bold No. 25
Played by: Joel Kinnaman
Kinnaman’s thoughts on what Flag thinks of the Squad: “When Rick first meets the Squad, he has nothing but contempt for the whole lot. They’re criminals, murderers, and his world view is black and white: Either you’re fighting for good or you’re fighting for bad. This whole idea of using them to do good? He doesn’t buy it. Worse, they don’t have any formal training, so they’re going to jeopardize the lives of his men.”
First appeared in: Legends No.1
Abilities: No special skills.
Played by: Viola Davis
How director/writer David Ayer convinced Davis to take the role: “Our first encounter was at his house. I went for a meeting, and we just clicked. That happens maybe a few times in your career, where someone just gets you. They just see you and allow you to be you. That was David.”
Captain Boomerang (Digger Harkness)
First appeared in: Flash No. 117
Abilities: Uses a wide variety of special boomerangs.
Played by: Jai Courtney
His take on Boomerang’s loyalty: “Boomerang is definitely on his own track. He really couldn’t care less who these guys are; he doesn’t need them, and he doesn’t care if they need him. He’s there to take what he can and get out as quickly as possible.”
El Diablo (Chato Santana)
First appeared in: El Diablo Vol. 3, No. 1
Special abilities: Pyrokinesis.
Played by: Jay Hernandez
About his character’s past: “He’s a fighter, but he’s given up that life. He’s backed away from criminality, away from aggression. He doesn’t want to be a part of society; he feels he belongs in a cage.”
Killer Croc (Waylon Jones)
First appeared in: Detective Comics No. 523
Abilities: Super strength, reptilian teeth and claws, regeneration.
Played by: Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje
How he learned to move for the role: “With Killer Croc it’s as if he’s always walking through water. It’s a sinuous move; he never walks straight. And we developed this technique called the ‘croc roll’: When a crocodile or alligator captures its prey, the reptile snaps its jaw and it does this twist, so we incorporated that into Croc’s fight technique.”
Enchantress (Dr. June Moone)
First appeared in: Strange adventures No. 187
Abilities: Magical powers, energy projection, illusion casting.
Played by: Cara Delevingne
On her character’s love life: “June was looking for some excitement in her life and she found it. But be careful what you wish for. A woman who had always been in command of her life, she suddenly lost it all. It left her in a fragile state and looking for someone to help her.”
First appeared in: Fury of Firestorm No. 28
Abilities: Master of ropes.
Played by: Adam Beach
On what drives his character: “He’s angry; he feels trapped. He believes someone is going to bring him down, the door’s going to close, and he’ll never get out of jail. So when he sees an opportunity to escape, to be free, well…”
First appeared in: The Brave and the Bold No. 200
Abilities: Master of martial arts.
Played by: Karen Fukuhara
Her take on the character’s motivations: “Katana is a samurai and Amanda Waller and Rick Flag are her lords. You don’t question your lord when you’re a samurai; you serve your entire life protecting them. Katana is very loyal, and she’ll do anything to fulfill the mission, whatever it is, just because that’s what Amanda Waller ordered.”