The Suicide Squad released last week, and I have to say, it was miles better than the previous Suicide Squad movie. I was a bit wary going into it, as the DCEU doesn’t have the best track record for quality. However, my fears were unnecessary, because not only was it a great movie, but it was quite possibly the best piece of superhero content I’ve watched this year, which is saying something. With so many fun characters on screen, I got an idea. Let’s rank the members of The Suicide Squad! Please note that I’m only counting the operatives who went on the mission, so Amanda Waller and the rest of the team back in the USA aren’t going to be included in this list. Also, spoilers ahead!
I’ve got literally nothing against her, but I’ve just got nothing for her, either. She barely had any lines, and all she really did was cause a massive explosion that killed half the team, including herself. I guess it did lead to some pretty cool deaths, though. However, in such a colourful line-up, she didn’t really stand out. But good job to the makeup team, because her scaly skin looked great!
Weasel has to be the ugliest character I’ve ever seen. Aside from how unnatural it is to see him walking on two legs, he’s just gross. He looks so mangy, with his matted fur and eyes that bulge out of their sockets. I have to say, I was very glad that he ‘died’ so early on. I would not have liked to see him on screen for much longer. The only reason he’s not last, is because of the truly hilarious drowning scene. I love how they’re all going for this intense, terrifying mission, and then Weasel starts splashing around manically. The whole “did anyone check he could swim” dialogue is brilliant, and had me laughing out loud.
I quite like Michael Rooker. He’s a decent actor, although I doubt I’ll ever be able to separate him from Merle in The Walking Dead. But Savant was such a nothing character to me, not to mention a coward. I did think it was nice of him to rescue Weasel without being asked, but then he didn’t even bother to attempt to resuscitate him. Huge oversight, there. Also, whilst I admit his talents were impressive, he killed a bird. I have no tolerance for bird-murderers!
I’m sure he’s fine, he seemed like a nice dude. But like a lot of the members of Team 1, he just died too early to make a big impression. I did like his interactions with Harley, and he had a cool accent. But alas, a cool accent isn’t enough to rank him higher, and Harley has chemistry with everyone. I really liked his outfit, the blue and yellow looked great together. I’m also a fan of Flula Borg as an actor, so it would’ve been nice to see more of him. But as it was, Javelin ended up as more of a filler character than anything else.
12. Captain Boomerang
I’m probably in the minority with this, but I’m simply not a fan of Captain Boomerang. I don’t completely hate him or anything, but I don’t love him like a lot of others seem to. I don’t enjoy arrogance in a character, and he’s arrogant to the core. However, I also can’t deny that he’s incredibly good at what he does. When he first throws his boomerang on the beach, and straight up decapitates that guy… You have to be impressed. I also loved that scene on the plane, where the others are trying to get to the bottom of what TDK stands for, and insisting his name can’t be ‘just letters’. And then Captain Boomerang comes out and says “all names are just letters”. Iconic.
Sure, he wasn’t technically an operative, but he gave his life fighting with them. I think that earns him a place on this list. I love the token nobody character in movies, and Milton fulfilled that role perfectly. He was just kinda there, doing his thing. The interaction after he dies is one of the funniest scenes of the movie. I love the juxtaposition of Polka-Dot Man being devastated, while the others are just confused. Nobody else even seemed to have noticed that Milton was still with them. Milton was just a normal dude, and he left his mark amongst a bunch of superheroes.
Traitor! Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal! He’s lucky he was such an entertaining character to watch, or he’d be straight to the bottom of the list for his treachery. Pete Davidson does an excellent job of bringing charm and personality to Blackguard. I laughed so hard watching him freak out when he thought Weasel was a werewolf. And I was shocked when it turned out that he’d flipped sides. I mean, did he forget about the explosive device in his neck? He really commanded the scene when he walked towards the enemy, and getting his face blown off like that really set the tone for the rest of the movie. From that moment, you knew The Suicide Squad wasn’t gonna shy away from the gruesome details.
9. TDK (The Detachable Kid)
Nathan Fillion is a pop culture icon, so I was thrilled to see him in this movie. Less thrilled about how early he died, but he still made a great impact in his limited time. I like the mystery around what TDK stood for, until it was finally revealed. When his arms detached, I wondered what was gonna happen next. Would they shoot lasers? Have awesome combat skills? I absolutely cracked up when they started awkwardly wobbling forward, it was the stupidest thing. It was also hilarious when the arms were getting shot, and TDK was rolling around on the floor in pain. Of all the DC comic characters, I love that The Suicide Squad included Arm-Fall-Off-Boy.
I had to remind myself that this list is more about ranking the entertainment value of the characters, and the impact that they had on the movie, rather than how much I like them as a person. Because Peacemaker broke my heart when he betrayed them all like that, and I’ll never forgive him for killing Rick. He’s a brilliant character, though, and it’s rare to find a ‘baddie’ with such a staunch moral code. He’s more than happy to commit atrocities, but only in the name of peace and justice. It’s fascinating thinking about how he would separate his deeds in his brain. He admits he wouldn’t think twice about killing a child, and we see how readily he was willing to kill Ratcatcher 2, a person with whom he’d developed a bond, and who was so sweet. I do have to admit, though, John Cena’s line delivery was consistently brilliant. It’ll be interesting to see where the DCEU takes him in the future.
“What, but he’s basically the main character, shouldn’t he be first?” Complain all you like, I’m sticking to my guns, and he’s middle of the pack for me. I like Idris Elba as much as the next person, but as I said when I was talking about Captain Boomerang, I just don’t enjoy arrogance. Having said that, I love his dynamic with Peacemaker, and he does a great job at keeping the group together. He’s a born leader, and it’s cool watching him grow into that role. I love that epic moment at the end when he decides to ignore orders and take down the starfish. He’s certainly not a bad character, just not as good as some of the others on this list.
6. Rick Flag
RIP, my dude. I can’t believe they killed him off! In that last scene, I was so sure that somehow Rick had survived, and was gutted when it was revealed to be Peacemaker instead. Rick had such a pure heart, and was so good at what he did. He didn’t care that he was working with criminals, and he didn’t treat them as being worth less. As far as he was concerned, they were his teammates, and he was loyal to a tee. I really loved his relationship with Harley, and the lengths he was willing to go to rescue her. When he discovered the truth about the Starfish experiments, his rage was palpable. Joel Kinnaman’s acting in that scene was phenomenal, and I was so moved by it. It’s devastating that he had to die, but he gave his life doing what he believed was right. That’s not the worst way to go.
Yes, yes, yes, he wasn’t an official member of Task Force X. But I don’t care, he deserves his rank. He led the charge against the Starfish, the courageous leader of rats. Our boy was willing to risk it all, and for that, I salute him. But, if I’m being completely honest, the real reason he places so highly is because he’s adorable. I mean, when he offered Bloodsport that leaf… My heart melted. He did that little wave, and he was all snuggly, and just, yeah. He’s a cutie-pie. I want a plushie Sebastian toy, and I want it now.
4. Polka-Dot Man
Polka-Dot Man narrowly misses out on the top 3 purely because of how great the other characters are. He was one of my favourite characters throughout the movie, and I just love so many things about him. One of the best recurring storylines was his hatred for his mother, and it was hilarious seeing the way he views the world, where every person and creature that he sees looks like his mum. His power simultaneously confuses me and grosses me out, but it’s undoubtedly OP. He’d clearly been through a lot, and had a great sense of empathy. The poor guy had no zest for life, and sad as it was that he died, I like to think he welcomed death with open arms, as an end to his suffering.
3. Harley Quinn
I adore Harley Quinn as a character. Literally the only reason she isn’t higher is because I found some of her scenes to be portrayed in quite a sexist way, and they felt tailored towards the male gaze rather than female empowerment. I loved the way she was written in Birds of Prey, so it was a shame to go back to old ways, even if wasn’t quite as bad as in Suicide Squad. Don’t get me wrong, she was still very entertaining, and third place is nothing to sniff at. I just feel like she could have ranked even higher for me if it weren’t for some questionable writing decisions. Margot Robbie is really great at capturing the essence of Harley, and is a joy to watch on screen. I especially loved that scene where she shot the dictator, and gave a speech about red flags. It was good to see her taking back control, and being self-aware in her own crazy way. Harley was pretty much the only character I thought was guaranteed to survive, as she seems to be DC’s golden girl, and I hope she stars in many more movies to come.
2. Ratcatcher 2
Her mask terrifies me, and based on the trailers I wasn’t expecting to like her at all. But as it turned out, I couldn’t have been more wrong. Ratcatcher 2 is an absolute sweetie, and is the emotional heart of the movie. Even though she’s an adult, there’s a childlike innocence about her that really warms the soul. Despite all the hardships she’s faced, she’s inherently trusting, and gives love to everyone. I have no idea how her powers work, but she seems to know what she’s doing. It was such a powerful moment at the end when all the rats worked together to take down the Starfish. You could tell she was thinking of her dad and how proud he would have been. I loved seeing all the flashbacks, as it really gave insight into her troubled past. The actress seemed so genuine, and did a great job portraying such a sympathetic character.
1. King Shark
Nope, I didn’t see this coming either. If you’d have asked me before I watched the movie who my favourite character would have been, I definitely wouldn’t have said King Shark. And yet, here we are. Somehow, impossibly, The Suicide Squad managed to make a giant man-eating shark… cute? There was something just so adorable about the way he interacted with the world. His scenes were hilarious, and I liked watching a friendship blossom with Ratcatcher 2. Everything about him is so funny. The physical comedy, the delivery of single words. How proud he is when he says “hand”. King Shark is a treasure, and I’m so glad that we got to be introduced him. From now on, I want to see him in every DCEU movie. I don’t care how gritty it is, we need at least one scene with King Shark for comedic purposes.
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