One of the most awaited movies of 2016, Suicide Squad is set to release on 5 August. While everyone is familiar with Batman and The Joker, here's an introductory guide to the super villains that are out to redeem themselves in the new movie.
Harley Quinn (played by Margot Robbie)
Harley Quinn started out as Joker's sidekick on screen in the 1992 animated Batman series. The character became so popular that she was then incorporated into the DC comic universe and now has her own comic book series.
Margot Robbie's version of Harley Quinn will be her first live-action movie debut.
Harleen Quinzel was an Arkham Asylum psychiatrist who fell in love with one of her subjects, the Joker. She runs away with him after refashioning herself as Harley Quinn, his devoted accomplice and girlfriend. She’s exceptionally strong and agile and immune to toxins, thanks to the intervention of her BFF Poison Ivy.
Deadshot (played by Will Smith)
Deadshot, also known as Floyd Lawton, is a cold blooded assassin, who as his name suggests, is an extremely talented marksman. Though he has no superpowers of his own, his abilities are further enhanced by cybernetic implants (like that glowing red eye). He is Batman's frequent adversary, acting as the villain in many Batman comics.
However he is the defacto leader of the Suicide Squad and has a pretty poignant backstory involving a troubled family life, which is also the reason he has a serious death wish, which makes him the perfect candidate to be a part of the Suicide Squad.
Rick Flag (played by Joel Kinnaman)
Rick Flag is a character who exists in multiple incarnations in the comics. Though highly skilled and trained, Rick Flag does not have superpowers. The movie will have Rick Flag head Task Force X aka Suicide Squad. The mentally unstable leader, like Deadshot, has a major deathwish after an accident that ended his fighter pilot career and wiped out his entire unit.
Amanda Waller (played by Viola Davis)
Amanda "The Wall" Waller is a top-ranking US government agent involved in clandestine operations, who has a longstanding rivalry with Batman.
She is almost universally feared as one of the most ruthless women in espionage and politics. She created and runs the Suicide Squad, a team of super-villains running missions for the government in exchange for reduced prison sentences.
El Diablo (played by Jay Hernandez)
El Diablo too has multiple incarnations in the DC multiverse. The movie has Chato Santana, an ex-criminal with the ability to control fire, trying to redeem himself after he burns down a building in which there were innocent women and children who were killed in the blaze.
Enchantress (played by Cara Delevingne)
June Moone is an artist who stumbles across a magical being in an old, secret chamber and turns into a powerful sorceress who goes by the name of 'The Enchantress'. Her many magical powers include healing and teleportation. June constantly struggles to keep her 'Enchantress' side from growing unchecked and tipping over into the dark side.
Katana (played by Karen Fukuhara)
Tatsu Yamashiro is a voluntary member of the Suicide Squad, Katana is a sword-wielding Japanese super-hero with magical weaponry. Her blade is the 'Soultaker Sword' which can capture the soul of those it slays and store them inside.
Captain Boomerang (played by Jai Courtney) is the master of trick boomerangs and has the power of superspeed and is typically the antagonist of The Flash.
Killer Croc(played by Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje) is a villain most commonly associated with Batman. His reptilian scales serve almost as armour, and he has several special abilities including regenerative powers and superhuman strength, endurance, speed, and senses.
Slipknot(played by Adam Beach), also known as Christopher Weiss is sort of like the serial killer BTK. His skill include being really good at tying ropes, strangling people with them and developing formulas for unbreakable versions of them.