Ever since the cast of Suicide Squad was first announced to include A-listers Will Smith, Viola Davis, and Jared Leto, expectations for David Ayer’s villain team-up increased dramatically. Once thought to be little more than a niche movie idea – one that Warner Bros. would be reluctant to actually bring to the big screen – Suicide Squad has quickly become one of the DC cinematic universe’s most-buzzed about movies. Which is saying something, considering the current Warner Bros. film slate also includes a Justice League team-up, Aquaman, Flash, and Wonder Woman solo movies – as well as a Green Lantern reboot (in addition to others).
Most of the conversation, at least lately, has centered around Leto’s iteration of the Joker – as the actor and director David Ayer (Fury) have been rolling update regular updates on Leto’s “transformation” into the Clown Prince of Crime (the latest image even payed homage to classic Batman/Joker story “The Killing Joke”). Yet, when fans aren’t speculating on Leto’s version of the Joker, they’re debating exactly who the final Suicide Squad cast members will be playing – and today we may have unofficial confirmation of who Adam Beach will portray.
According to the Winnipeg Free Press, Beach will portray lesser-known supervillain Slipknot; however, it’s worth taking the report with a major grain of salt for the time being – since the WFP‘s report only cites a single anonymous source:
“One source says Beach will play Slipknot, a master of ropes.”
Anyone familiar with unofficial casting scoops knows that anonymous sources often result in false info and since the WFP does not specify how their source is connected (or not) to the production, it’s hard to know whether the details are accurate. If they’re talking to a source who was actually in attendance at a recent Suicide Squad table read, then we’ll likely see Slipknot in the film but if their source is simply passing along speculation or hearsay, then Beach could be playing someone else entirely.
See Adam Beach (third from right) with the rest of the Suicide Squad cast below:
That all said, it would make sense for Slipknot to appear in Suicide Squad – more for his narrative function in the source comic book rather than his skill set – so there’s reason to believe that whoever reported the casting news to WFP, the actor/villain pairing might actually be true.
For those unfamiliar with Slipknot, he is (as the outlet suggests) a master of ropes – developing indestructible ropes that he uses in combat. In addition to that rope work, Slipknot was also trained as an assassin – though not on par with the likes of other DC killers for hire like Deadshot and Deathstroke (who will also appear in Suicide Squad).
NOTE: From this point on the post will include SPOILERS for Slipknot’s fate in the comic books – which may (or may not) turn out to be SPOILERS for the character’s part in Suicide Squad. If you are especially sensitive to POTENTIAL SPOILERS stop reading now.
Unfortunately for Slipknot, the character is actually most famous for naively calling Amanda Waller’s bluff. At this point readers should already be aware that Waller (to be played by Davis) sends the villain team on extremely dangerous missions in return for shortened prison sentences – and prevents them from running off or causing mischief via remote detonatable explosives planted on (or in) each team member’s body. In the comics Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney) and Slipknot are initially skeptical of Waller’s claim – and when Slipknot’s ropes prove to be harmless against a squad of Manhunter robots, he bails on the mission. Slipknot does not get far before the band on his arm explodes – leaving him critically injured.
Last season, the same setup played out on CW’s Arrow in the “Suicide Squad” episode – which saw serial bomber Shrapnel (Sean Maher) abandon the Suicide Squad team (comprised of Deadshot and Bronze Tiger, led by John Diggle), opting to make a break for freedom in their getaway car. Like Slipknot in the comics, Shrapnel underestimates Waller – and Waller detonates an explosive chip inside the villain’s head, killing him.
One thing is for certain, as the Screen Rant editors have discussed on the Underground podcast, not every villain is going to make it out of Suicide Squad alive. For that reason, it’s likely that Ayer is padding the roster with expendable C-list evildoers like Slipknot – who are fated to give their lives just to make threats in the film believable. This isn’t to say that an A-list villain or actor won’t also get killed or maimed but fans shouldn’t expect a “master of ropes” like Slipknot to make it into future sequels. Some of these characters have been included for the sole purpose of establishing/running interference for the main anti-heroes.
If Slipknot abandons the mission and gets blown-up, Ayer kills two birds with one stone: it’ll be an educational (but still memorable) moment for the team and the film audience – as well as a fun nod to longtime Suicide Squad readers.
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice will be in theaters on March 25th, 2016; Suicide Squad on August 5th, 2016; Wonder Woman – June 23rd, 2017; Justice League – November 17th, 2017; The Flash – March 23rd, 2018; Aquaman – July 27th, 2018; Shazam – April 5th, 2019; Justice League 2 – June 14th, 2019; Cyborg – April 3rd, 2020; Green Lantern – June 19th, 2020.