Many will enter, few will survive. With Suicide Squad, the title itself is essentially a spoiler. For the members of Task Force X, things are bound to get ugly. In the twisted lair of director David Ayer, celebrity star power has all the currency of Monopoly money. Not even Will Smith is safe.
However dark Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice may have been, fans always knew what they were getting: an epic showdown and massive brawls with the absolute certainty that both superheroes (you didn't think Supes was dead, did you?) would survive. There was never any doubt. With Suicide Squad, however, the tables are turned. Though we can only speculate until the film opens in August, we are confident the proposed sequel will feature new recruits to make up for the lives lost in the first outing. Indeed, while a handful of cast members are relatively safe, others may as well have a bullseye painted on the backs of their heads.
Without further adieu, here's Screen Rant's take on the Suicide Squad Characters Most Likely To Die, Ranked:
Surprise! Batman is safe, but it's a shame we even know that the Dark Knight will be in Suicide Squad. Genuine surprises have been jettisoned to increase box office, but we can't really fault Warner Bros. for that. While it appears Ben Affleck's Batman will be busy chasing around his mortal archenemy the Joker (Jared Leto), some rumors predict the Caped Crusader will act as the omniscient eye over Amanda Waller's (Viola Davis) dangerous expedition (the explosive devices injected into the squad members in order to control them are apparently from Wayne Enterprises). The only thing that might make Batman more uncomfortable than Task Force X would be if he personally opened the prison cells of Arkham Asylum and let the inmates run wild. That's his nightmare, but the Suicide Squad comes in at a close second.
Though Batman will be none too pleased with the criminal crew, he surely won't be killed by them. With Justice League on its way, the Dark Knight is more bulletproof than ever in this film.
15 Harley Quinn
Since the very first footage of Suicide Squad debuted at last year's Comic-Con, Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) has clearly been positioned as the star of the film. Though the Joker may threaten (and succeed) to steal a bit of her thunder, Harley appears to not only get the most screen time, but act as the central influence in the squad's military dynamic. Unless director David Ayer has a mean-spirited ace up his sleeve, there is only an infinitesimal chance that Harley gets knocked off the Suicide Squad roster.
Such a twist would deprive fans of exploring the character's live-action cinematic debut. Regardless, it appears the film will dedicate a fair amount of time to building up her backstory as the up and coming psychiatrist, Harleen Quinzel. Each of the Suicide Squad trailers reveal different points of her relationship with the Joker, from his doctor, to his victim, to his lover. Especially given the possibility of the Clown Princess of Crime headlining her very own movie, we can't imagine that Harley Quinn will be going anywhere (except to the forefront of pop culture) anytime soon.
14 The Joker
Jared Leto went all in for the Joker. When asked about the demands of the role, he conceded, "I think I'll be cooling down for the rest of my life." Some conspiracy theorists might hear that admission and interpret that Leto is done with the role for good. Indeed, there is a sort of unspoken rule about live-action Jokers only playing the role once, as Jack Nicholson and (tragically) Heath Ledger affirmed. That being said, will this Joker actually die in Suicide Squad?
Though the clown-freak might actually enjoy these odds, there isn't a chance in hell. If he were a standalone character without a primary foe like Batman, the Joker might be more expendable. Since we've already seen the Caped Crusader riding atop the Joker's tricked-out car, however, we're confident this is just the tip of the iceberg. Though Suicide Squad will be the character's grand reintroduction since his last appearance in 2008, expect to see Ben Affleck's Batman meet Jared Leto's Joker (a gig the latter actor called "a role of a lifetime") again in the not too distant future.
13 Amanda Waller
Considering the premise of Suicide Squad, we know this tale won't likely have a happy ending. It's like Russian roulette with multiple chambers locked and loaded. As for Amanda Waller, the brains behind her Task Force X brawn, safety is her middle name. Though she "employs" some of the most unstable and spontaneously violent individuals in the world, she holds them all by a string...or an explosive implant, whichever you prefer. Amanda Waller is like Jigsaw in Saw -- the puppeteer without mercy. Whether its Slipknot, El Diablo, or a lesser known member of the villainous team, expect Waller to execute someone in her employ just to prove how serious she is.
Unless Suicide Squad devolves into a mindless mutiny that sees Amanda Waller hoisted by her own petard, she will preside over her mercenary minions for years to come. Besides, however much she might deny it, Waller secretly admires her ragtag team of criminals. After all, you can't come up with a devious concept like this unless you're equally devious yourself.
Given her expansive role across the Outsiders, Justice League and Birds of Prey, Katana (Karen Fukuhara) does not seem to be a likely candidate for the Suicide Squad chopping block. Though little is known of David Ayer's take on the character, we do know that she is sympathetic to Rick Flag and Amanda Waller. Additionally, her emotional story and internal motivations make her more complex than the squad's other...more disposable members.
Surrounded by her motley crew of villains, Katana is essentially a protagonist by contrast. She defends Rick Flag and holds court over the rest of the squad while fearlessly engaging in their missions. As Fukhara confirmed, "She works under [Waller and Flag] and keeps a rowdy bunch in line. She’s a protector and a fierce warrior.” Though it's not exactly likely that both Flag and Katana will survive this film, we're confident the woman who wields the "Soultaker" sword will live to see another day.
11 Captain Boomerang
Killing Captain Boomerang could have long-term consequences for the Suicide Squad. Though a famous member of the vicious Rogues Gallery and a staunch enemy of The Flash, Boomerang (Jai Courtney) is best known for his absurd sense of humor. The Suicide Squad trailers make it abundantly clear that even when he's busy doing bad things, Boomerang always manages to be the life of the party.
The Australian-born rabble-rouser appears to be an integral part of Task Force X missions. Though less of a thinker and more of a doer, Boomerang clearly favors jumping into the action and even cracking open a beer when time permits. While it's unlikely to be the cause of his hypothetical death, Boomerang could run into some issues if he sustains his penchant for wanton behavior. Amanda Waller may not kill him, but his own recklessness might. Still, as a core member of the squad, Boomerang's odds for survival look pretty good.
10 Rick Flag
Harry S. Truman created Task Force X, and Rick Flag's grandfather, Rick Flag Sr., was one of the outfit's founding members. The third generation in a long line of military men, Rick Flag (Joel Kinnaman) leads at the vanguard of Amanda Waller's Task Force X. Though he doesn't possess any superpowers, Flag is at the peak of his tactical game when we meet him in Suicide Squad. A talented military marksman in his own right, Flag excels by knowing the strengths of his team and applying them at the most precise moments.
Given his leadership, his family legacy, and his fealty to Amanda Waller, it remains highly unlikely that Rick Flag will get killed in Suicide Squad. Though other characters may be equally, if not more suited to take his place (like Deadshot), Flag has clearly earned his position. Should he get taken down in the film, it will be an upsetting -- but not Harley Quinn-level devastating -- surprise. Without being insensitive, Rick Flag seems to be the sort of character that some will miss, but no one will likely cry for (except for Katana, his guard).
9 GQ (Scott Eastwood's Character)
Though he's been featured in Gentleman's Quarterly more than once, "GQ" is actually Scott Eastwood's operative name in Suicide Squad. Spied on the front of his commando body armor, GQ is the only name we've had to work with since we learned that Eastwood joined the film. Beyond titles and appellations, the real question is: who will Scott Eastwood be playing? There's the rub. The answer to that question will help determine the likelihood of his character's survival.
Based off the set photos bouncing around the internet, Eastwood seems to be an American soldier under the employ of Amanda Waller and ARGUS (the Advanced Research Group Uniting Super-Humans). Though he works alongside Rick Flag, Eastwood may also be a far more interesting character than your run of the mill soldier. Though some fans have speculated that he'll be playing Deathstroke, many are hoping that Eastwood will take on the role of Dick Grayson, the original Robin, sent undercover by the Dark Knight to keep an eye on Amanda Waller's Task Force X. This would be a massive twist that would not only guarantee Eastwood's safety in Suicide Squad, but promise an expanded role in the DC Extended Universe films to come.
8 Killer Croc
If Killer Croc resorts to his old ways, he may be one of the first casualties in Suicide Squad. In this new and more violent age, tossing rocks won't get the crusty amphibian very far, particularly if he runs into his erstwhile enemy, Batman. Though Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje) is essentially bulletproof and hard to take down, thanks to his regenerating skin, Suicide Squad should present countless opportunities for the thick-headed villain to meet his demise.
While he may have a long and rich history fighting Batman, it's not nearly sacred enough to secure his place in the next Suicide Squad or a future standalone episode opposite Ben Affleck. After Doomsday utterly ransacked Metropolis in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, Killer Croc seems to be a considerably more tame villain (though to be fair, Croc is prosthetic to Doomsday's CGI). Furthermore, the trailers feature the cannibalistic Killer Croc considerably less than his cohorts, lending credence to theories that he bites the dust before the credits start rolling.
June Moone, aka Enchantress (Cara Delevigne), has a long and storied history as the antagonist of the Suicide Squad. After all, the Enchantress is a witch of extreme magical capability, the only member of the squad with such mystical power. Though her backstory in Suicide Squad will diverge heavily from what's depicted in the comics (it appears things go south after a spelunking incident), Enchantress has historically struggled with the depth of her abilities.
As with Jekyll and Hyde, the stronger her alter ego becomes, the less June can control Enchantress. On one occasion in the comics, her sorcery overwhelms the Suicide Squad and compromises their mission, forcing them to retreat. From that point on, Deadshot was assigned to assassinate Enchantress should she ever lose control of her powers again. If these elements translate into David Ayer's film, Enchantress may play an increasingly influential role. Rumors suggest that Enchantress isn't merely a bad influence in the movie, but that she becomes the squad's first kill mission assigned by Amanda Waller.
6 Monster T
Other than the occasional set photo and a tease here and there, there is hardly any evidence that Common is actually starring in Suicide Squad. For reasons unknown, his role as Monster T has been kept firmly under wraps, though you can bet he'll be well-tattooed when he finally appears onscreen. After Common revealed his character's name (likely a modern twist on Tattooed Man), he acknowledged that Monster T is "in business with the Joker." We'll go ahead and stop right there. Anyone who does business with the Clown Prince of Crime is making a deal with the devil.
Because Monster T is an unknown entity in the DC comic world, the possibilities for his character in Suicide Squad are endless. To be fair, though he may be "in business" with the Joker, he may not inherently be against the ladies and gentlemen of Task Force X. For now, we'll raise the threat level to orange and wish Monster T the best of luck.
5 Ike Barinholtz's Character
On the surface, and with complete respect to both the man and the actor, Ike Barinholtz does not seem like the kind of fellow to last long in Belle Reve, even if he's on the right side of the bars and armed to the hilt. Indeed, for the fleeting moment that we meet him (that's Barinholtz as the guard in black), he appears to be freeing Deadshot from his claustrophobic confines. Though he's not quite a household name, Barinholtz is highly recognizable from his roles in The Mindy Project, Neighbors, MadTV and more. It's no accident then that he got a close-up in the film, and it's clear David Ayer and the marketing team at Warner Bros. wanted us to meet his character.
The question remains: who will Barinholtz play? As of now, all signs point to him being a nothing more than a guard at Belle Reve, albeit one that enjoys making the lives of the prison's inmates just a bit harder for them. A trailer breakdown we did earlier this year would seem to indicate that Barinholtz's character gets his comeuppance later in the film, but an excerpt from an interview he did with Buzzfeed could complicate things:
I have David Ayer in my head being like, ‘I’m going to kill you if you say anything.’ I can say it’s probably not who you think it is. I can say that he’s definitely someone that people will not like, and he is someone who likes to really mess with people — likes to really hurt people and f*** them up.
The rumor mill has churned out names like the Riddler and Hugo Strange in connection with Barinholtz over the past few months, but the actor could just as easily be intentionally leading over-anxious fans on a wild goose chase. In any event, it's hard to imagine that his character makes it through in one piece.
Deadshot wants to die. In the comics, he doesn't merely want to take a leave of absence from life, he wants to exit the world with a spectacular goodbye. Though his criminal life may have been far from glorious, Deadshot wants every ounce of majesty to be poured into his death. Don't get too attached to him.
Let's start with the obvious: Deadshot is being played by one of the last true movie stars, Will Smith. This makes the character either the least likely member of the Suicide Squad to die or the first. We put him at #4 to hedge our bets, but there is plenty of evidence to suggest that Deadshot will bite the dust. Will Smith, as far as the cinephile public is aware, did not sign on for a multi-picture Suicide Squad deal. An actor with his star wattage doesn't easily settle down for franchises, especially if he isn't the clear star of the show. Furthermore, Smith is the kind of guy that would allow himself to be sacrificed in a big project if the circumstances were truly epic. He famously turned down Tarantino for Django Unchained because he failed to justify the film's violent means to get to its (somewhat) uplifting end. If David Ayer approached the actor about his character's potentially heroic sacrifice, the kind Deadshot always dreamed of, we'd bet Will Smith listened.
Then again, those pesky rumors about Floyd Lawton's future in the DCEU make this one far from a sure thing. Call it a gut feeling.
3 El Diablo
David Ayer clearly loves El Diablo (Jay Hernandez). Given the director's oeuvre of Los Angeles-set street dramas like Training Day and End of Watch, Ayer was bound to nominate the pyrokinetic superhuman to join his Suicide Squad. Unfortunately, beloved as El Diablo may be, the superhuman character has extremely low odds of surviving the firefights in the movie.
In the comics, El Diablo starts out as Chato Santana, a gangbanger who gets betrayed, paralyzed and hospitalized. While in a coma, he meets the former El Diablo, Lazarus Lane, in a sort of spiritual purgatory. There, Chato absorbs Lazarus' pyrokinesis abilities and becomes the new El Diablo. Though all-powerful and full of rage, he is bound by the El Diablo curse and will ultimately succumb to it. While his comic roots may not be fully translated to the big screen, El Diablo is essentially a character born to die. He may be put to good use by Amanda Waller and the Suicide Squad, but we expect his existence to be short lived.
2 Jonny Frost
In Brian Azzarello's graphic novel, Joker, Jonny Frost (Jim Parrack) literally takes it on the chin. As the Joker's chauffeur and thug-butler, Frost does his boss' bidding until the clown loses his cool and shoots Jonny straight through his chin. Though he doesn't die, Frost falls into a river and out of sight.
While these scenes are only tangentially related to Suicide Squad, they do frame Jonny Frost's subservience to the clown prince of crime. Even on his best day, Frost is always one wrong move away from getting whacked. While the trailers show Jim Parrack's Frost leading the Joker into a laboratory assult, it seems he will play a fairly significant role in helping his boss get what he wants. Knowing the Joker's love for collateral damage, however, that dedication can only mean bad things for Jonny Frost. Of all the characters most likely to die in Suicide Squad, he carries the second worst odds of all.
They might as well call it Suicide Squad: Death of Slipknot. This low-level villain isn't long for the world, and not only can we expect him to get whacked in the movie, all signs point to him getting dispatched early on. Indeed, we first meet Slipknot (Adam Beach) in the trailers as he emerges from a government vehicle and cold-cocks a female FBI agent in the head. It's almost like he's begging for Amanda Waller to make an example out of him.
Other than a random moment where Slipknot shows off his grappling-hook gifts, the trailers haven't been kind to Slipknot, who has been curiously absent from most, if not all of the major action scenes. Though he is a master of ropes (hence the grappling-hook), and he enjoys strangling his victims, Slipknot's peculiar talents won't measure up in the competitive world of the Suicide Squad. Bon voyage, good sir.
Which characters do you think will get whacked? Will the film be a letdown in your eyes if more than half of Task Force X is still standing by the time the credits roll? Tell us in the comments section!
Suicide Squad opens in theaters August 5, 2016.