Suicide Squad just finished its first weekend in the United States, and while most reviews haven't been kind, the movie has been doing quite well for itself commercially. Earlier this year, there was talk about Suicide Squad 2, and with all the money the first movie is hauling in and the praise many of the main characters are receiving, it's hard to imagine that Warner Bros won't consider adding a sequel to the film slate. If that happens, one of the questions on our minds is which villain(s) the team will battle in the second round.
The Suicide Squad doesn't have a rogues gallery akin to Batman and the Flash, but they do have a number of notable adversaries that have given them trouble, from individuals to gigantic organizations. If Suicide Squad 2 becomes a reality, here are the top five folks we'd like to see the team of criminals battle to keep the world safe, whether they want to or not.
When John Ostrander revitalized the Suicide Squad in the 1980s, one of the first challenges he threw at the characters was a terrorist organization called the Jihad, which was later renamed Onslaught. One of their later members was a man named Antiphon, and the reason we mention him specifically is because he was rumored to be Suicide Squad's main villain, with Ed Harris rumored to play him. That was later debunked, but there's no reason they couldn't still be brought in for Suicide Squad 2. In the comics, Onslaught is entirely comprised of superpowered mercenaries. However, perhaps for the DCEU, they could tone them down so that the main operatives are normal, and only Antiphon has the special powers (if they follow his comic book counterpart, then he's a speedster). If they want to keep that element faithful, then make it so only those closet to Antiphon (folks like Chimera, Djinn, Manticore, etc) are granted abilities, and the underlings will rely on traditional weaponry to enforce Onslaught's will.
Similar to the Kobra Cult, Basilisk is a snake-themed terrorist organization that the New 52's Suicide Squad tangled with in their first series. Basilisk believes that there's a war coming between normal humans and metahumans, and they aim to come out on top of this conflict, using cutting-edge technology and power replication as their main tools. The group was founded by Kaizen Gamorra, but Regulus (seen above) eventually became their leader. Similar to how Basilisk emerged following the Justice League's debut in the New 52, the DCEU's Basilisk could have been formed after this world's premiere superhero team is formed. With more public metahumans, Regulus and similar-minded individuals could band together to start preparing for this war they believe is coming. When their activities start leading to civilian casualties, then Amanda Waller sends the Squad in to deal with them. She also distrusts these superheroes, but if Basilisk's operations are threatening the United States, she won't hesitate to send her band of criminals to stop them.
By the time Suicide Squad 2 comes out, Justice League will already have been released, and maybe even the sequel, too. That means the movie-going audience will be familiar with denizens from Apokolips, so why not send a few more of Darkseid's lackeys to engage the Squad? We're not suggesting another full-blown Earth invasion, but in the Ostrander days, some of Apokolips' notable soldiers, frequently the Female Furies (seen above), would be sent on covert missions, and only the Squad was around to stop them. It's hard to raise the stakes from battling a powerful sorceress and her brother, but pitting these villains against the Female Furies or one of the other special Apokolips operatives would come pretty close. It would also help provide another connective thready between this team and the Justice League, thought don't get your hopes up of seeing the League and Squad one day battling Darkseid together.
The Suicide Squad has battled their fair share superpowered, magical and otherworldly foes over the decades, and sometimes even their more grounded enemies turned to powerful forces. In the Squad's early, modern years, this included the Louisiana Ordnance Association (L.O.A.), an organization comprised of drug dealers who were so desperate to keep their influence and money flowing that they eventually formed their own zombie army from voodoo magic. Now that we've kicked off the Suicide Squad's tenure in the DCEU with Enchantress and her brother Incubus, the L.O.A. could be another way to continue the magical trend. They could start off as a normal drug organization using guns and intimidation to keep others out of their way, but when the Squad sets back their operations, they turn to mysticism and voodoo to eliminate these saboteurs. Maybe this is how we learn their might be some lingering magic into June Moone, allowing her to become a legitimate member of the Squad.
In the New 52, the Thinker (real name unknown) was gifted with incredible intelligence that analyze the world and predict future events. Unfortunately, his magnificent brain aged the rest of his body in order to work, so when the Crime Syndicate came to this Earth, he agreed to sabotage the Suicide Squad in order to gain a new body: OMAC, a name that's familiar to hardcore DC fans. It's extremely unlikely that Suicide Squad 2 would feature the Crime Syndicate or OMAC, but the Thinker's motivations still work. Whether he was born with this enhanced intelligence or it came from some kind of scientific accident, Suicide Squad 2's Thinker could be working as a member of A.R.G.U.S., but when he starts implementing plans to overthrow the organization because of what he's predicted, only the Squad will be able to defeat him. Of course, it will be especially difficult after they've been cut off from their primary resources. As the story wears on, he can then try building a new body/vessel to contain himself.