Breaking down the 'Suicide Squad' cast photo
A little over a week after he tweeted our first glimpse at Hot Topic Joker in the upcoming Suicide Squad, director David Ayer has introduced us to the rest of his Dirty Almost-a-Dozen. There are a lot of members in this crew of government-employed baddies, and unless you’re a comics fan you’re probably not going to know a lot about them from this picture. (Other than the fact that everyone seems to really like loose-fitting pants, with the exception of Joker’s equally suburban-goth girlfriend, Harley Quinn, who doesn’t seem to be a fan of pants at all.)
So if you were wondering who some of the folks were in this yearbook photo of Belle Reve Federal Penitentiary’s graduating class, here’s the full caption list of characters and the actors playing them (from left to right): Slipknot (Adam Beach), Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney), Katana (Karen Fukuhara), Enchantress (Cara Delevingne), Rick Flagg (Joel Kinnaman), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Deadshot (Will Smith), Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje), and El Diablo (Jay Hernandez).
So far, only Smith’s Deadshot has received an official close-up photo — one with his character’s cybernetic eye on full display — but Robbie’s Quinn was showcased in unofficial set photos. Fans can expect further reveals soon, but for now, those excited to see ropes and boomerangs used for inventive and nefarious ends, will be extra glad that both Slipknot and Captain Boomerang (who despite his rank and Australian heritage is not actually related to Captain Kangaroo) are represented. Elsewhere, Enchantress has traded in her trademark emerald costume for more of a swamp-hag aesthetic, while Killer Croc is looking more like the bad-skin-condition version of the character than the is-an-actual-crocodile-man version.
Knowing how expendable these characters are to those who employ them—they have explosive implants meant to forcibly ensure a lack of mission drift—it’s highly likely that a lot of them are just going to end up as cannon fodder. But it’s nice to see the whole gang together (minus Leto’s Joker) before heads start exploding like 4th of July fireworks.
Suicide Squad is out on Aug. 5, 2016.