Well before critical assessments and box office predictions were made, interest from both fans and studio heads at Warner Bros. has been steadily building for Suicide Squad 2. And why not? The underside of the DC Universe is a vast and extraordinary place to explore with room for Suicide Squad to become a massive franchise with rotating cast members and spin-offs all within growing bounds of the DCEU. David Ayer has already exceeded expectations on pure character selection and casting level by delivering a Squad full of recognizable villains and B-list baddies ready to hit the mainstream. Of course, there’s always more villainy to be had, especially given the expendable nature of the team. Keeping in line with Ayer’s style and interests as displayed in his previous films, here are 10 bad guys we want to see in Suicide Squad sequels and 10 actors who could play them!
Sticking with the character’s New 52 origin, Werner Zytle was the ruler of a small, impoverished Eastern European nation and eventual crime boss whose struggle to regain his fortune and birthright led to him clashing with Green Arrow. Equipped with a bio-mechanical device hooked to his brain, Vertigo can send out vertigo inducing waves that throw off his enemies and electronic targeting systems. The dude is also covered in tattoos so he’s already ready for Ayer’s film but we see him in the role of adversary instead of Squad member. We think the Eastern European dictator has become a cliché, so we’d ditch that and cast Sung Kang as the charismatic crime boss the Suicide Squad would go up against in a future installment.
Whether her identity is Crystal Frost, Louise Lincoln, or Caitlin Snow, Killer Frost has remained relatively unchanged through each incarnation. With cold and ice manipulation powers, Killer Frost isn’t all that unique within the DC Universe, but she does add an interesting visual element while allowing more prominent cold-based villains, Mr. Freeze and Captain Cold, to be saved for their respective nemeses: Batman and The Flash. Killer Frost’s addition would also have the added benefit of creating an interesting dynamic between she and El Diablo (if he survives, of course!). We think Lizzy Caplan would be a perfect fit within the world of the Suicide Squad.
Every time Duncan Pramble dies he’s resurrected with a new and random power set or monstrous form. He briefly served as a member of the Suicide Squad in the comics but is a little used villain, despite his awesome powers. There’s a lot of mileage a Suicide Squad sequel could get out of a character with random powers, whose abilities could either be a great benefit (telepathy/telekinesis), completely useless (elastic hair), or surprisingly effective (acid vomit). Make the character’s personality unlikable and watch as his teammates kill him over and over in the hopes of him resurrecting with something that will suit their current predicament. For casting, Walton Goggins is the only actor we’re completely sure could nail the utter weirdness of this role.
Originally an inexperienced hero and reluctant member of the JLA, Mari McCabe joined the Suicide Squad after she lost control of her powers and killed a drug kingpin. The powers in question: the ability to mimic the abilities of any animal that has ever lived through the use of an ancient African totem. Not only is Vixen a visually interesting character, but she also differs from the rest of the Squad in that she is a hero looking for redemption. Her place in a Suicide Squad sequel would make her question what it means to be a hero or a villain and could serve as an origin story for her becoming one of the greatest of either. Her powers are also connected to Animal Man, and could provide the basis for the DCEU to get even weirder. We’re set on Kerry Washington for this role. That woman needs to be a superhero.
Hannibal Bates is a fairly recent villain who can transform into other people by eating a piece of their body. Yeah, it’s gross, and weird, and something that seems right up Ayer’s alley. Everyman is generally unpopular, but it wouldn’t be a Suicide Squad if we didn’t have at least some expendable characters who can still make an impact with their general weirdness or power set. No one will miss Everyman when he’s gone, but he’s got the potential to steal a scene or two, along with some toenail clippings from his teammates. After seeing Ayer’s Fury, we’re certain that Shia LaBeouf could completely own this role while having the benefit of not having to be tied down to another long-term franchise commitment.
A Suicide Squad mainstay during the team’s most popular iteration, Eve Eden can manipulate darkness, teleport herself and others, and transform her body into two dimensional shadows. Not a supervillain, Nightshade served as the team’s handler and worked under Amanda Waller. While Suicide Squad will see the government’s involvement with the team in the form of Rick Flag, it would be interesting to see a government-affiliated character with superpowers who doesn’t serve as a free-agent like members of the Justice League. Nightshade also had a romantic interest in Flag which could also be used to great effect in changing the Squad’s dynamics. Plus, given the criticism for the DCEU’s dark color palette, Nightshade could create some great visual gags. For casting, we think David Ayer should re-team with End of Watch’s Natalie Martinez.
I don’t know a character creepier or better equipped for Hot Topic merchandizing than a dude dressed in a giant Raggedy-Andy costume. Peter Merkel is a triple-jointed thief and eventual cult-leader whose way with words can hypnotize. To up the creep factor, the film’s depiction of Rag Doll should be completely silent and only later when his mask is removed do we realize that his mouth has been sewn shut to prevent him from hypnotizing the Squad and bringing them under his influence. Just imagine how crazy it would be for Rag Doll to take off his mask and reveal Tom Cruise underneath! That’s a money-making surprise right there.
The daughter of major DC villain, Vandal Savage, Scandal is a master criminal with a healing factor and a pair of wrist-mounted blades. A polygamous lesbian, Scandal is often cited as one of the most well-developed LGBTQIA characters within the DC Universe, an aspect of her character that could certainly offer a greater attention to inclusivity within the DCU. Loyal to her teammates and those she cares about, Scandal could become the heart of the Suicide Squad and a means to showcase the non-sinister side of emotional attachment within the group. With Vandal Savage being one of DC Comics’ big threats, his role as a big bad in a future installment of Suicide Squad could create some interesting family drama. While Demi Lovato may seem like a surprising choice she’s shown her ability to handle action as a vampire in From Dusk till Dawn, and Suicide Squad already seems adept at reconstituting the iconography of pop music in both soundtrack and aesthetic.
Equipped with the Medusa Mask, Roger Hayden has the ability to project emotions onto people which in turn has left him mentally unstable. While he can’t actually mind control his subjects, his grasp of psychology does allow him to make them give into their worst desires, feelings and actions otherwise kept bottled up. While he’s never been a member of the Suicide Squad, he’s frequently interacted with the characters from that world as well as playing major roles in DC’s Crisis events. Not only does Psycho- Pirate have abilities unlike any other member on the Squad, his presence would create a constant sense of unease amongst his teammates, making it difficult to know which decisions are truly coming from their own emotional states. He may not be an A-lister, but there is no character more perfect to change the dynamics of the Suicide Squad. We think Ewan McGregor could work wonders with this role.
A long-standing Batman villain and brief Suicide Squad member, Pamela Isley can control all plant life and secretes poisonous toxins. While we’ve seen Ivy as depicted by Uma Thurman in Batman & Robin, we’ve yet to see a live-action version of the character that takes advantage of her unique power set and psychology. A master of control and manipulation, but prone to violent outbursts, Ivy is the perfect foil to some of the more madcap members of the Suicide Squad and unpredictable in her own right. Her film depiction should make use of her label as an eco-terrorist and her infamous history with Batman. Plus, Ivy’s inclusion is just what we need to get the ball rolling on a Harley & Ivy movie. We’d cast Alexandra Breckenridge (American Horror Story) as dangerous temptress.
All that being said, who would you like to see join the Suicide Squad in future feature film installments?
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