The next DCEU movie to hit theaters will mark one of the weirdest and boldest comic book adaptations ever committed to the silver screen. Suicide Squad hasn’t even premiered yet, and it’s already obvious that the film has taken every possible left turn to set itself apart from what we expect from this genre. David Ayer has a vision in mind, and from what we’ve seen, it seems delightfully fresh.
However, despite the fact that we’re beyond excited for the upcoming release of Suicide Squad, we seriously know nothing about the film’s actual villain. Sure, it will be undeniably awesome to see these characters coalesce on the silver screen for the first time, but the trailers and marketing materials have done very little to inform us of the overarching conflict. What looming threat arises that causes Amanda Waller to bring this group of psychos and killers together? We’ve gone through the details, and come up with five potential big bads that could take center stage once Suicide Squad hits theaters on August 5.
Based upon everything we’ve seen from the Suicide Squad marketing campaign thus far, it seems as though June Moone a.k.a Enchantress (Cara Delevingne) has the strongest chance of taking on the film’s villain role. She’s featured prominently in the film’s trailers – consistently looking quite sinister – and her magic-based powers seem to line up with our understanding that the Suicide Squad will fight magical forces not quite within the realm of science. However, in some many ways, June Moone and Enchantress are two completely separate entities, so it remains to be seen whether or not the titular Squad will have to take down both of them, or just the evil witch persona.
Recent reports from early screenings of Suicide Squad seem to point to the fact that Jared Leto’s Joker may have no more than 20 minutes of screen time in the final cut of the film. That being said, that doesn’t rule out the possibility that he’s the mastermind behind all of the destruction and carnage we see. It wouldn’t feel too surprising to learn that he’s pulling the strings and manipulating everyone from behind-the-scenes. It could be to lure out the Batman, win back Harley Quinn, or simply to cause chaos everywhere he goes. At this point, nothing from this character would surprise us.
Although the Tattooed Man’s presence in Suicide Squad has not been officially confirmed, many eagle-eyed comic book fans seem to have picked up on the notion that rapper Common will indeed portray the relatively obscure character. Typically known as a Green Lantern villain, the Tattooed Man has the ability to manifest constructs from tattoos inked into his skin. The official designation of Common’s character is "Monster T," and a monster featured briefly in the film’s trailers seems to match up with this particular villain’s known abilities, so all eyes are on the Tattooed Man to potentially be the one to cause a major headache for the titular team of super villains.
Numerous unconfirmed rumors have persisted for quite some time that Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor would potentially pop up at some point during the events of Suicide Squad for a cameo. He’s currently rotting in a jail cell, and for Amanda Waller to have him transferred to Belle Reve would make a great deal of sense. For him to be the ultimate mastermind behind the events of the film would most certainly help the universe establish his conniving intelligence in a way that Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice simply failed to do. It would also help expand the reach of the DCEU, making an instant connection between Dawn of Justice and David Ayer's Suicide Squad.
Someone Else Entirely
Like I already said: Suicide Squad seems like one of the best-kept secrets in the entire superhero genre right now. All of the aforementioned characters seem poised to take on villainous roles in some form or another, but there could very well be another threat looming in the wings. Perhaps new facts of the DC lore will receive ample exploration with this one supervillain team-up. The film will reportedly take place in Midway City, so maybe the Thanagarians will show up and cause some trouble. At this point, we will just have to wait and see how it all pans out when Suicide Squad hits theaters on August 5.
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Originally from Connecticut, Conner grew up in San Diego and graduated from Chapman University in 2014. He now lives in Los Angeles working in and around the entertainment industry and can mostly be found binging horror movies and chugging coffee.
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