Let’s Talk: Suicide Squad

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Welcome to this week’s installment of Let’s Talk where we will be discussing the new movie “Suicide Squad.” This is the third film in DC’s attempt to close the gap on Marvel in the “having a successful interconnected, overarching comic book movie universe” department. The first two movies, “Man of Steel” and “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” were met with lukewarm, at best, reviews, but fared a little better with audiences.
“Suicide Squad” follows a team of mega criminals who are supported by the United State government (and no, I don’t mean Congress) and have been tasked to save the country from other villains. It’s like the Avengers, only if everyone was super damaged and a murderer. If your comic book fan is super excited about this movie, maybe you have committed to seeing the movie too. If so, you will probably want to read some brief descriptions of the villains that are in this movie, either on the team or fighting against them:

 

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The Joker is Batman’s most famous nemesis. He looks a lot like a clown (scary) and has a twisted sense of humor. He is a psychopathic criminal mastermind and is a foil to Batman’s super serious, heroic attitude. Jared Leto is playing this movie’s version of him and early footage of him was mocked by a lot of Joker fans all over the internet. Want to look like you’ve been following this movie? Ask your loved one how they feel about the Joker after seeing the movie. Was he better than everyone assumed he would be given the disastrous Joker reveal?

Harley Quinn

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Harley Quinn was a psychiatrist who worked at Arkham Asylum, where the Joker was housed. She became obsessed with the Joker, who lied and manipulated her in their sessions to make himself seem more sympathetic. Eventually she helped to break him out and started donning a costume as Joker’s top minion/advisor/co-conspirator type person. Accomplice. That’s the word I was looking for.

Deadshot

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The #2 ranked assassin (behind Deathstroke) in the world, according to DC comics. I’m not really sure if they actually keep a ranking of this in the comic book world, complete with a leaderboard and stats and things, but it seems possible that they might. Maybe assassins log on to some secret website to see how the rankings are shaping up after each kill. His big thing is that he never misses as he is a master marksman. Deadshot also prides himself in killing only his targets, often going to great lengths to ensure that innocent bystanders are not harmed in his assassinations.

Enchantress

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She is magic! But she is a repressed personality of June Moone and is always struggling against June for control. June tries to keep her repressed because the Enchantress personality is also a villain, but June wants to be not a villain. Also, June only can use magic when she lets the Enchantress personality out (usually). As a sorceress (is that PC? Maybe I should call her a Magical American?), she has all kinds of cool abilities, including flight, illusion casting, teleportation, and healing.

El Diablo

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He can create and control fire with his mind. He also has a conscience and wishes he could live a less violent life. If only there was some way to, you know, not commit violence, like 99.9% of the world’s population.

Captain Boomerang

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He’s like Green Arrow, except with boomerangs. He’s Australian (of course), but that’s not racist (it kinda is, mate). He specializes in thrown weaponry, especially boomerangs. Just like Green Arrow’s arrows have all kinds of super cool tech that make them capable of doing neat things like blowing stuff up, so, too, do Captain Boomerang’s boomerangs. No lie, this is probably the most I have ever typed the word “boomerang” in my life. Possibly this paragraph contains more typed “boomerangs” than the entirety of all the text I’ve written heretofore. Did I include that whole tangent just so I could use the word “heretofore?” Yes. Yes, I did.

Killer Croc

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Another of Batman’s nemeses, he was born with a rare disease that makes his skin look reptilian. In the comics, the disease not only makes him look reptilian, but has genetically altered him to actually have more reptilian traits. His skin is super tough and makes him invulnerable to a lot of weaponry. He’s also super strong, heals quickly, and has superhuman speed, agility, and reflexes. Unfortunately, part of being reptilian like also means that he is stupid, like a reptile. As such, he is the embodiment of the old phrase, “always a henchman, never a master mind.”

Katana

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A vigilante hero who is a skilled martial artist and expert samurai swordswoman, she is on the team voluntarily and as a member of the good guys. Her sword contains the souls of all the people who have been killed by it, which sounds cool but is actually pretty creepy if you think about it. Also, this sword allows for the wielder of the sword to communicate with the dead souls contained in the sword, which sounds like a super useful thing that someone would want to definitely do.
That is everyone. Hope this breakdown not only helps you to pretend to be interested in the movie, but maybe makes you want to see the movie also. See you next week.

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