Suicide Squad 2 Theory: Set Photos Show The First Team (Who All Die)

Set photos from The Suicide Squad could reveal Amanda Waller's new-look team - and we think they will all die early on in the movie. James Gunn is taking over the financially successful franchise for the sequel, and all indications point to him putting his own spin on Task Force X. Through his approach, The Suicide Squad appears locked and loaded to utilize the interchangeable and continuously rotating roster often seen in the comics.

This set up is part of the appeal of the Suicide Squad in the first place, as any member of the team can be blown to bits if they disobey orders. Since the group usually consists of criminals and supervillains, most missions don't end with the same amount of members as they began with. However, the 2016 Suicide Squad film did almost nothing with this aspect of the team. Waller had a large collection of criminals at her disposal, each with a bomb implanted in their necks, but only Slipknot perished because of them. To be fair, El Diablo sacrificed his life to save the day, too, leaving six of the eight members of the team alive at the end of the film.

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For The Suicide Squad, though, Gunn has made it clear that there will be a lot more casualties this time around. This started to become evident as the cast list for the movie continued to grow, but Gunn made his intentions more clear when announcing the 24 person ensemble. The tagline for the cast announcement was "don't get too attached," which is just about as blatant he could be in letting fans know that not everyone who appears in the movie is making it out alive. Thanks to some new set photos, though, we may have a pretty clear idea of who is going to die.

The Set Photos Reveal The Movie's First Team

James Gunn and The Suicide Squad Characters

Production on The Suicide Squad has been underway for a few weeks now, but it was only recently that the first batch of set photos made their way online. And for a sequel filled with some big-name talent, the first look was likely not what many expected to see. The images included mostly new members of the cast, aside from Jai Courtney's return as Captain Boomerang. Joining him in these photos and on this mission though were Nathan Fillion as possibly Blackguard, Pete Davidson as Savant, Flula Borg as Javelin, Mayling Ng as Mongal, and Sean Gunn as a CGI character believed to be Weasel.

Outside of Captain Boomerang, general audiences are not going to be familiar with the rest of these obscure DC characters. But, the fact that they were all spotted together and in costume is likely an indication that they are a team. Whether they are led by Captain Boomerang or maybe Davidson's Savant, this lineup appears to be one version of Task Force X that will be featured in The Suicide Squad. However, the movie features plenty of other cast members, signifying that this lineup is unlikely to be the primary team the sequel follows. Instead, they could be the first version of the team that The Suicide Squad focuses on. In that case, what will happen to these characters?

The First Suicide Squad Is Completely Killed Off

As discussed before, one part of the Suicide Squad that Gunn seems intent on utilizing is the ability to kill off several members of the team. One look at the previously mentioned set photos and it is easy to figure out that this could be implemented early on. While Davidson and Fillion have their fans, they are not going to be the leads of the film. Gunn has done wonders with unknown characters and properties in the past with Guardians of the Galaxy, but using characters like Savant and Blackguard is not the same as Drax or Groot. General audiences may not know any of these names prior to the movies, but the Guardians characters were still key members of the team in the comics.

With this first Suicide Squad team, Gunn is going to use characters that have limited comic histories who would otherwise never see the light of day with a movie role. There is a likely reason for this, as we believe that The Suicide Squad will introduce this small scale team only to kill them all. If Gunn is bringing some of his blockbuster DNA over to DC, it is even conceivable that this lineup is featured for the opening set-piece, but that they won't last beyond the opening credits. In any case, this approach would immediately allow Gunn to establish that members of the Suicide Squad are expendable. The one caveat to this belief might be Captain Boomerang, as he could be the lone survivor of the mission and then join the central team for the remainder of the film.

Who The REAL Task Force X Are In Suicide Squad

Suicide Squad Harley Quinn Margot Robbie

So, if Gunn does kill off this version of Task Force X early on The Suicide Squad, then who will be part of the real team? The one returnee we know will be involved with the true version of the Suicide Squad is Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie). It's already been confirmed she's part of the film, and as one of the most popular characters in DC's shared universe, she is expected to be a big part of the sequel. We also know that Rick Flag (Joel Kinnaman) is back as well, and it is fair to assume that he will once again lead the team in the field as an extension of Waller. If Captain Boomerang does survive the initial onslaught, then the real Suicide Squad team will have three returnees from the last time we saw them.

But, the real version of the Suicide Squad will also feature several brand new additions too. Idris Elba is the biggest new cast member for The Suicide Squad and will be part of the actual team, even if his character is still unconfirmed. He was recently spotted in an orange prison suit on set along with John Cena, so the two of them are locked in to join Task Force X. Thanks to additional casting reports, David Dastmalchian is reportedly playing Polka-Dot Man and is expected to be part of the team. Meanwhile, Ratcatcher (Daniela Melchior) is believed to be part of the lineup, along with King Shark (who is reportedly being voiced by Steve Agee).

If all of this is correct, then The Suicide Squad's real Task Force X lineup will include Harley Quinn, Rick Flag, Captain Boomerang, Polka-Dot Man, Ratcatcher, King Shark, and whoever Idris Elba and John Cena are playing. As production continues on the sequel, it is possible that future set photos could confirm what the lineup is. Thanks to the general secrecy around The Suicide Squad, there's still a chance that the final Task Force X team will be larger than believed. In any case, we don't expect the recently photographed team to be anywhere close to the lineup featured throughout the majority of The Suicide Squad.

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  • Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) release date: Jun 05, 2020
  • The Batman (2021) release date: Jun 25, 2021
  • The Suicide Squad (2021) release date: Aug 06, 2021
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  • Aquaman 2 (2022) release date: Dec 16, 2022
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