It’s no secret that David Ayer’s Suicide Squad wasn’t a critical success. However, it has certainly been a commercial one, having held the number one spot three weekends in a row, broken the August opening weekend record, and already passed the $500 million worldwide mark. In the end, Suicide Squad is projected to gross somewhere between Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Unlike with Batman v Superman, no one knew what to expect from Suicide Squad. It was Warner Bros.’ first foray into uncharted territory, with unfamiliar characters and unfamiliar stories. Therefore, audiences had the tendency to form their own assumptions regarding the movie. Some people thought the movie would be a comedy filled with pop music, while others thought it would be a dark, gritty adventure. As it turns out, it was somewhere in between.
Although audiences weren’t entirely wrong about the movie, some things were just way off. Here are 15 Things The Internet Got Wrong About Suicide Squad.
15. The Joker Would Be Relevant
Nowadays, with social media ever expanding, movie marketing isn’t limited to just putting out a few trailers and posters. Fans are constantly perusing the internet for more information, set photos, and plot leaks, and when cast members continually discuss one part, or character, of the movie, in particular, that part becomes more prominent. In the case of Suicide Squad, it was The Joker.
Jared Leto went to extremes to prepare for the role of the Clown Prince of Crime, but, unfortunately, his story ended up being relevant only because Harley Quinn was a member of Task Force X. Seeing Joker in the movie for no more than 10 minutes caused some uproar amongst audiences who felt they had been cheated. But the thing is, Joker was never meant to be the star of the movie.
If you look back, Joker was noticeably absent from most of the marketing material, only barely appearing in some of the later trailers. Most of what we knew about Joker in this movie came from interviews with the cast and crew. Everything from the gifts Leto sent the cast to how he remained in character on set indicated his role would be much bigger than initially expected.
14. There would be a ton of villain cameos in Belle Reve
The majority of the first act of the movie took place at the Belle Reve prison, the maximum security facility holding the worst of the worst criminals; it also serves as the headquarters for Amanda Waller’s Task Force X. Since there are so many villains locked up at Belle Reve, many comic book fans assumed we’d be getting cameos from a few. The cameos didn’t have to amount to anything, other than to show audiences that there is more to the DC Extended Universe than what is shown on screen.
Unfortunately, what we got was a narrow depiction of Belle Reve, like Deadpool visiting the X-Mansion and only finding Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead in Tim Miller’s Deadpool. At least they made a joke about it. If Suicide Squad featured those cameos, however, it might have sparked a discussion as to why those villains weren’t compelled to join Task Force X like the rest of the members were.
13. Common’s rumored roles
When it comes to comic book movies, whenever an actor is cast in an unspecified role, rumors start to fly. In the case of Common, when he was cast in David Ayer’s Suicide Squad, he was rumored to play virtually every black villain in the DC Universe.
Common was originally rumored to be playing iconic Aquaman villain Black Manta, who is currently thought to be the central antagonist in James Wan’s upcoming Aquaman movie. Then, after leaked set photos revealed Common’s character to be covered in tattoos, rumors being circling about him playing Abel Tarrant aka Tattooed Man, the Green Lantern villain.
Unfortunately, he ended up amounting to very little. After all the rumors, audiences only had a few seconds with Common’s character with The Joker in the nightclub. We don’t know why he was there or what purpose he served, other than to irk The Joker — but he wasn’t the only one have a rather uneventful role.
12. Scott Eastwood’s rumored roles
Although his role wasn’t as uneventful as Common’s, Scott Eastwood’s character was essentially a nobody, too. He appeared sporadically throughout the movie as one of Rick Flag’s soldiers, GQ, though audiences never received any background information on him.
In the year leading up to Suicide Squad‘s release, Eastwood was originally rumored to be making a cameo as Wonder Woman character and love interest Steve Trevor before making his way to Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman movie. When that turned out to be false (since Chris Pine was cast in that role), Eastwood was then rumored to be playing everyone from Dick Grayson aka Nightwing to Slade Wilson aka Deathstroke. We even pondered who he might have been playing — and, as it turns out, we were right.
While he turned out to be playing none of the aforementioned characters, Eastwood’s GQ did have an essential role in the movie’s plot, detonating a bomb underneath the villain Incubus, thus killing him as well as Task Force X member El Diablo.
11. All The Other Rumored Roles
While Common and Scott Eastwood were the two big named actors rumored for major roles in Suicide Squad, they weren’t the only people to be on the receiving end of nonsensical reports. Jim Parrack, who played The Joker’s right-hand man Jonny Frost, was originally rumored to be playing none other than Deathstroke. Deathstroke has a prominent history with the Suicide Squad in the comics, which is why so many people were rumored to be playing the famous Batman villain. Perhaps he’ll show up in a potential sequel.
In addition to Parrack’s rumored roles, Ike Barinholtz, who played the memorable Belle Reve security officer Griggs, was also rumored for a number of roles, including the other famed Batman villain Dr. Hugo Strange. Of all the casting rumors, this one was probably the most outlandish. However, it would have been fascinating to see Dr. Strange interact with and try to dissect the minds of some of the Suicide Squad members.
10. El Diablo being a non-factor
When the roster for David Ayer’s Suicide Squad (and Amanda Waller’s Task Force X) was revealed, comic book fans began debating who would be killed off. After all, you can’t have a Suicide Squad movie without people dying. Since Chato Santana aka El Diablo, played by Jay Hernandez, was never more than a supporting character in the comics, people assumed he would be one of the first to go. And the lack of marketing surrounding the character appeared to confirm such a theory.
However, it turns out we were all wrong, for the most part. El Diablo not only had one of the most poignant and developed stories in the movie, but the character also ended up saving the day, sacrificing himself to save the only family he had left: the Suicide Squad. In one last act, he attempted to redeem himself from all the wrongs he committed using his devil-endowed gift of pyrokinesis.
9. More Squad Members Would Die
While El Diablo’s death was certainly the most affecting and notable death in the movie, many other people died as well. Both Common and Scott Eastwood’s characters Monster T and GQ, respectively, were killed, along with a handful of side characters. However, none of them, other than El Diablo, were members of Task Force X.
Of the Squad members, the only other person to die was Slipknot — and he was only there to prove just how serious Amanda Waller and Rick Flag’s threat was to blowing their heads off if they tried to cut and run. Out of the eight official Suicide Squad members, only two were killed off, which is still 25 percent — but the fact is, there could have been more.
If one or two more members were killed, it would allow for DC Entertainment to put together a new team in a potential sequel. After all, over the years, there have been dozens of Suicide Squad members, and judging by the direction the DC Extended Universe is going, many of those members could eventually see the light of day on the big screen.
8. Batman Would Have A Bigger Role
After seeing Ben Affleck’s performance as Batman in Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, fans of the character rejoiced when news broke that he would appear in Suicide Squad. And whenever the subject came up, in the months leading up to the movie’s release, David Ayer would talk up Batman’s role.
While fans initially thought Affleck would only have a cameo role in the movie, reactions from test screenings seemed to indicate that there was a lot more Batman in the movie than what was being led on. Some rumors indicated that all of the members of the Suicide Squad were captured by the Caped Crusader himself. But judging by Ezra Miller’s cameo as The Flash, those rumors were undoubtedly false.
Every superhero movie in existence has been from the superhero’s perspective. Ayer tried to change that with Batman in Suicide Squad, depicting him from the villains’ perspective, which he said is “freaking scary.” But we didn’t get any of that in the movie. Perhaps, like Jared Leto, several of his scenes were left on the cutting room floor.
7. Boomerang would be chaotic and hilarious
Anyone who has read The Flash or Suicide Squad comics knows how crazy and chaotic Captain Boomerang can be. He is not only unapologetically racist, but is known to be the instigator of many fights and grievances between squad members; he’s the team’s equivalent of a class clown, always making sly comments and not doing much to actually help out the team.
Although Courtney portrayed the character appropriately, Captain Boomerang wasn’t used effectively in the movie. Essentially, we did not get the Captain Boomerang that was promised. With a character known as Captain Boomerang, why is it that we barely saw the good Captain actually use any of his precious boomerangs in the movie?
Even though Captain Boomerang is mainly a side character in the Suicide Squad comics, he’s always the one providing comic relief. Courtney attempted to do just that in the movie; however, his attempts fell short, since his scenes were always quickly cut. The only real hilarious part of his is when he searches for his pink unicorn in the rubble after fighting the Enchantress’ army.
6. Each Member Would Get A Backstory
The majority of the movie’s first act focused on the backstories of the would-be Task Force X members, but not all of them. Since the two main characters in the movie were Will Smith’s Deadshot and Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn, their backstories received the most screen time — and both included scenes in which they were apprehended by Ben Affleck’s Batman. In fact, Harley Quinn had two backstories: one before and one after the title card, which might have contributed to the movie’s editing issues.
While several characters received flashbacks throughout the movie, most of them didn’t receive full backstories. For instance, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje’s Killer Croc, who arguably has one of the more intriguing origin stories in the squad, was barely explained, along with Karen Fukuhara’s Katana, Jai Courtney’s Captain Boomerang, and, of course, Adam Beach’s Slipknot, who was rumored to have been captured by Wonder Woman. But that hasn’t prevented him from becoming an incessant meme on the internet.
5. More like Guardians of the Galaxy, less like a David Ayer movie
One of the biggest gripes people had with Suicide Squad was that it wasn’t what they were expecting. Perhaps that is the marketing department’s fault — but they did get a lot of people to see the movie, so we can’t say the movie’s marketing was a failure. However, it was a misrepresentation, for the most part.
In this day and age, virtually all comic book movies are compared to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. So, audiences likely weren’t expecting a dark, humorless action movie that David Ayer is known for producing. That’s not to say there isn’t any humor in the movie; there is — but it’s primarily character-driven humor, which has the tendency to be lost upon an audience unfamiliar with the source material.
What audiences were likely expecting was something more along the lines of Guardians of the Galaxy — another comic book movie that features misfits and villains come together to do good — and that’s where the movie falters. Not in terms of quality, but in terms of representation.
4. Enchantress Would Be Part Of The Squad
As previously mentioned, the movie’s marketing campaign was top-notch in getting people to see the movie, but perhaps it was a misrepresentation of the movie’s actual plot and focus. For instance, many people thought Cara Delevigne’s character Dr. June Moone aka Enchantress would be a member of Task Force X, not the movie’s villain.
Enchantress not being a member of the Suicide Squad isn’t something that drastically changes the plot, in and of itself. However, it doesn’t stop there. Instead of being an official member, she was used by Waller for her own personal gain. When she felt that she couldn’t be controlled any longer, she rebelled and resurrected her brother, Incubus. This led to her becoming the movie’s villain.
So far, comic book movies tend to have an issue creating a decent villain, and Enchantress is further evidence of that. Perhaps if she had been a member of Task Force X things would be different. After all, people were expecting a much different story.
3. A Much Smaller Adventure
Since this was the first outing of Amanda Waller’s newly assembled Task Force X, audiences assumed we would be getting a smaller scale adventure, instead of the world-ending event caused by the Enchantress and Incubus. Perhaps that would’ve been the appropriate route for Warner Bros. to take. After all, Ayer mentioned several times that when he made Suicide Squad, it was supposed to be this “little,” personal film of his. But then the movie got more and more popular, which only elevated excitement and anticipation for Suicide Squad.
In the comics, Waller’s Task Force X usually doesn’t get involved with events best handled by members of the Justice League. They are villains, of course, and they weren’t given much of a choice when the joined the team. Something more along the lines of prison break or compound invasion would’ve been something better suited for this first movie, possibly leading up to a grander, more world-altering event in a potential sequel.
2. Will Smith was ill-fit for Deadshot
It’s tradition for someone to be cast in a comic book role and for the internet to be up in flames over the decision. It has happened time and time again, and most of the time, the geek rage is unwarranted, for the actor or actress in question typically ends up giving an exceptional performance in said role. One of the more recent cases of such rage was toward Will Smith being cast as Floyd Lawton aka Deadshot in Suicide Squad.
Not only was the character’s race changed, but comic book fans thought Smith would overshadow the other characters. However, the result ended up being fantastic. While Smith’s Deadshot was undoubtedly the main character in the movie, he did not receive more screen time than necessary, and he did not outshine any of the other actors or characters. In fact, many characters’ stories — namely Harley Quinn, El Diablo, and Rick Flag — were accurately depicted because of him.
1. Jason Todd is The Joker
Although his role was drastically reduced in the final cut of the movie, Jared Leto’s Joker still had a prominent role in relevance to Harley Quinn’s story, especially her origin. When her rap sheet is shown on screen, it’s revealed that Harley was an accomplice in the murder of Robin, whose costume we see on display in the Batcave in Snyder’s Batman v Superman. Shortly after that movie released, Warner Bros. confirmed the Robin costume belonged to Jason Todd, the second Robin.
If that wasn’t enough to convince audiences that Robin was dead, The Joker has a dead robin tattooed on his right bicep. While most people assumed this was The Joker’s way of commemorating Robin’s death, some fans theorized that Robin wasn’t actually dead, but rather he became The Joker we see in Suicide Squad. Despite the rock-hard evidence against the theory, David Ayer himself rejected the assumption, saying: “That The Joker is Jason Todd… it ain’t the case. He’s not.” Still, Jason Todd being The Joker isn’t the craziest theory we’ve ever heard.