DC Comics’ new movie 'Suicide Squad' hits theaters this Friday, and promises to introduce audiences to a host of new villains based off of classic comic book characters. Before you see the film this weekend, learn about each of the character’s comic book origins and which books you should read after the film.
Katana (Karen Fukuhara)
Tatsu Yamashiro, also known as Katana, is a samurai master and martial arts expert who helps lead the villains of the Suicide Squad alongside her commander, Rick Flag. Katana’s main mission is to free the souls of the victims trapped within her sword, called Soultaker, including that of her late husband.
Recommended Reading: 'Katana vol. 1: Soultaker'
Deadshot (Will Smith)
Floyd Lawton, more commonly known as Deadshot, is a master assassin for hire who lives by a strict coda to only kill his chosen mark. As a sharpshooter, Deadshot never misses his target and is obsessed with dying an honorable death, making him a deadly addition to the Suicide Squad.
Recommended Reading: 'Deadshot: Beginnings'
Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje)
Killer Croc is the alter ego of Waylon Jones, a former wrestler who was born with lizard-like scales and instincts. Croc has superhuman strength, crocodile-like teeth and claws, and can also heal himself from various injuries. He is a core member of Batman’s rogues gallery and often grapples with The Dark Knight.
Recommended Reading: 'Batman: Hush,' 'Batman Arkham: Killer Croc'
Rick Flag (Joel Kinnaman)
Rick Flag is the leader of the Suicide Squad and a dedicated soldier. His father, Rick Flag Sr., led a division during WWII called the Suicide Squadron, of which he was the only survivor following a doomed mission. Flag reports to Amanda Waller and is charged with keeping the criminals in the Suicide Squad focused on their mission. Katana is his chief lieutenant.
Recommended Reading: 'Suicide Squad vol.1: Trial by Fire'
The Joker (Jared Leto)
The Joker is one of the most feared criminals in Gotham City and Batman’s longtime nemesis. While his origin story differs throughout many of the comics, movies and video games he has been featured in, the Joker is universally known as one of the most dangerous foes The Dark Knight has ever faced. The Joker uses his twisted sense of humor along with a penchant for psychological warfare to battle Batman and strike fear into the hearts of Gotham’s citizens.
Recommended reading: 'Batman: The Killing Joke,' 'Batman: Death of the Family'
Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney)
George “Digger” Harkness, also known as Captain Boomerang, is a villain who specializes in making and using a series of deadly boomerangs as weapons. He began his career as a performer and boomerang promoter for a toy company before turning to crime after he was ridiculed by audiences. Captain Boomerang is a longtime villain of The Flash and is known for being cowardly as well as dangerous.
Recommended Reading: 'Suicide Squad vol. 1: Trial by Fire'
El Diablo (Jay Hernandez)
Although there are several versions of El Diablo, the version featured in “Suicide Squad” is Chato Santana, an ex-criminal who gains his powers from the original El Diablo, Lazarus Lane. Lane is cursed to host a demon, which is able to roam free when he is unconscious.
Recommended Reading: 'El Diablo vol. 3'
Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie)
Dr. Harleen Quinzel began her career as a psychiatrist at Arkham Asylum, Gotham City’s home to the criminally insane, but was soon turned mad by the Joker. After falling in love with him, Quinzel assumed the name Harley Quinn and worked alongside the clown prince of crime to defeat Batman and take over Gotham City.
Recommended reading: 'Batman: Mad Love and Other Stories'
Enchantress (Cara Delevingne)
Enchantress is a sorceress who uses magic to wreak havoc on her victims. Her alter ego, June Moone, is an archeologist who becomes possessed by an evil spirit during an excavation. However, her original comic book origins paint June Moone as a freelance artist imbued with magical powers, which she uses to fight supernatural forces.
Recommended Reading: 'Day of Vengeance (Countdown to Infinite Crisis)'
Amanda Waller: Amanda Waller is the director of the Advanced Research Group for Uniting Superhumans (A.R.G.U.S.) and the leader of Task Force X, also known as the Suicide Squad. Waller often puts the group at extreme risk and doesn’t mind putting her troops in harm’s way in order to accomplish the mission at hand – even if it results in their deaths.
Recommended Reading: 'Suicide Squad vol. 1: Kicked in the Teeth (New 52)'
Slipknot (Adam Beach)
Christopher Weiss, also known as Slipknot, is an assassin who uses ropes to eliminate his opponents. He also created a series of indestructible ropes by applying a chemical adhesive he designed while working for a chemical company in the southern United States.
Recommended Reading: 'Suicide Squad vol. 1: Kicked in the Teeth (The New 52)'