DC’s Task Force X has had quite a few members over the years – the team’s nickname, “Suicide Squad,” makes it clear the job is high-revenue.
And in that tradition, it seems that James Gunn’s 2021 film The Suicide Squad, which is something of a reboot / sequel to the 2016 film of the same name, is going to have a huge list of potentially expendable supervillains.
To that end, we look back on the greatest members of the suicide squad of all time – those who did the job justice, but not necessarily the implicit outcome.
King Shark gained media attention on CW’s The Flash, but the massive human-shark hybrid has a long history in comics and even served several stints as a member of the suicide squad.
Although his first assignment with Task Force X came in the 1990s, King Shark became one of the most brutal and bizarre members the squad has ever hired, and became a permanent fixture on The New 52 team.
He has appeared on CW’s Flash TV show and is believed to be one of the many characters to appear on James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad.
Count Vertigo has a reputation as a supervillain who has threatened everyone from Batman to Green Arrow, but he’s also deeply rooted in DC’s spy community. Vertigo was a longtime member of Task Force X who became a criminal after his family, the rulers of the fictional nation of Vlatava, were overthrown.
Vertigo had an inherited inner ear disease that made him unable to maintain his balance. He received a special implant that corrected his balance, but which he was able to modify in such a way that it affected the balance of others with a disorienting effect.
After years as a villain and on suicide squad, Vertigo briefly served as the White Queen’s Knight in Checkmate under Amanda Waller. A younger, more vicious version of the character was introduced in DC’s “Rebirth” era and once again challenged Green Arrow.
June Moone is an unstable sorceress whose magical abilities are at the expense of her sanity.
After a few minor appearances in the ’60s and’ 70s, she became known as part of the Suicide Squad where her magical skills were demonstrated by her handler Nightshade.
In the early years of the Suicide Squad, Enchantress was often the most powerful – and unstable – member of Task Force X. When June was in control she was a team player, but many of her teammates had protocols to take her out if she were to play the role of sorceress become too dominant.
In ‘The New 52’, Enchantress was an early villain of the magical Justice League Dark. She appeared in the 2016 Suicide Squad film by Cara Delevigne.
Nightshade was originally co-designed by Steve Ditko for Charlton Comics and integrated into the DC continuity with Crisis On Infinite Earths.
DC’s version of Nightshade was a government super spy charged with keeping an eye on Enchantress as part of Task Force X and acting as Amanda Waller’s liaison with other spy groups.
Nightshade came from the land of nightshade with magical powers based on darkness. She was a member of the suicide squad throughout the original run and later joined DC’s magical super team, the Shadowpact.
She has not appeared in DC’s primary universe since the advent of ‘The New 52’, but has been featured in multiple editions of the Elseworlds-esque series The Multiversity.
Bronze Tiger actually originated in a DC prose novel starring martial artist Richard Dragon. He was later brought into comics as a compatriot by Dragon, before being brainwashed and turned against his friend by the vicious Professor Ojo.
Upon recovery, the Bronze Tiger was hired by King Faraday to defeat the League of Assassins but was captured and undermined again. After serving as one of their top killers, he was deprogrammed by Amanda Waller and drafted into Task Force X. Bronze Tiger served as Rick Flag’s deputy on the squad for years and took over the lead after the apparent death of Flag himself.
There is speculation that Idris Elba will portray Bronze Tiger in The Suicide Squad next year, although the alleged role has not been confirmed.
Rick Flag is the longtime field supervisor of Task Force X, a government employee handpicked by Amanda Waller to keep the “bastards” of the suicide squad in line – and to put them down if they get out of hand.
As a second generation war hero, Flag’s father was part of the original Suicide Squad, a group of special agents with nothing to lose. Flag’s first foray into the suicide squad was a group similar to his father’s, made up of soldiers and secret agents. After that team went south, Flag Waller’s team of super-powered villains and Ne’er-Do-Wells joined.
He is played by Joel Kinnaman in Suicide Squad 2016 and its upcoming sequel / reboot.
Flash’s villains have always been part of the suicide squad – even Captain Cold and Mirror Master have served on different iterations of the team. But maybe Captain Boomerang is the one most connected to the team. George “Digger” Harkness is an Australian curmudgeon with an uncanny knack for throwing boomerangs (and making people angry).
For years, Captain Boomerang was armed with an arsenal of trick ranks and was an integral part of the team. He is so iconically linked to the Squad that he was included on Arrow’s version of the team instead of appearing on Flash in CW’s Arrowverse, and is also part of the film crew.
Harley Quinn is the latest addition to the suicide squad of anyone on this list, but since joining at the beginning of “The New 52” she has become the face of Task Force X and even made her first big screen appearance in the original Suicide Squad movie.
Fans know Harley’s story well – she was an accomplished psychiatrist before falling in love with The Joker and taking a psychotic hiatus. She may not be superhuman, but her former longtime creative shepherds, Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner, said Harley’s greatest strength is that she “doesn’t realize she can’t do it.” something. “
Although she breaks into a whole new team in this year’s Birds of Prey film, she will also appear in The Suicide Squad, again played by Margot Robbie.
Deadshot is possibly the team’s most trusted villain. He has been part of Task Force X since its inception and has occasionally served as the team’s field leader. While he’s a downright psychopath, he’s often the most level-headed of the vicious members of the team.
Floyd Lawton was also a key member of Secret Six, a team of half-anti-heroes, but sometimes villains, who emerged from the suicide squad. But since the start of “The New 52” he’s back at the front and center of Task Force X. He made his movie debut, played by Mr. July himself, Will Smith, in Suicide Squad in 2016, although he supposedly wasn’t for the Restart / continuation of 2021 will return.
And in comics, his death seems to be on the way after being teased as the upcoming Suicide Squad story.
Amanda Waller may not be a sales rep for Task Force X, and she’s not a superman – but she is the heart and soul of the suicide squad (if it can be said that a cabal of killers and psychopaths has that sort of thing).
Waller designed and commanded the squad through sheer determination and willpower. She is possibly the most politically powerful woman in the DC Universe.
“The Wall,” as she is often called, is notorious among DC’s heroes for being impossible to intimidate – as you can see, she even stared at Batman. She makes up for her lack of physical strength with levels of grit and toughness unmatched in the DCU.
She is even known to back Batman into a corner.
Amanda Waller is portrayed by Viola Davis in the Suicide Squad film series.