As the third installment of the Worlds of DC, David Ayer’s Suicide Squad had a lot riding on it. Neither Man of Steel nor Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice lived up to the hype but fans were still hopeful this movie could turn around Warner Bros. and DC's fortune. Many fans liked Will Smith’s portrayal of Deadshot and Margot Robbie helped continue Harley Quinn’s rapid growth in popularity. But fans didn’t love Jared Leto’s iteration of the Joker and the brief inclusions of Batman and the Flash felt out of place. The film tried to build up a young cinematic universe but, more importantly, it largely fell flat in terms of its own merit.
Now, with the Worlds of DC trying to relaunch DC’s live-action films, the future of Amanda Waller’s band of misfits is up in the air. James Gunn, who delivered a pair of fan-favorite films with the Guardians of Galaxy franchise, has been tabbed to write the sequel to Ayer’s film. The former Marvel director is expected to revitalize the Suicide Squad, and, subsequently, fans are rightfully excited to have Gunn switch sides. It’s hard to determine what Gunn’s fresh take on the franchise will bring but he’ll likely incorporate some new team members. Given that he’s working with one of DC’s most famous teams, Gunn has plenty of options, including many characters fans would never guess. For this reason, we’ve decided to list some of the members we’d most like to see in Gunn’s Suicide Squad. We’ve also listed ten characters we don’t want to see.
20 WANT: COUNT VERTIGO
On paper, Count Vertigo might not seem like a great villain. Sure, he’s no A-lister, but Count Werner Vertigo (or, more recently, Zytle) is more competent than he’s often given credit for. At any given moment, he can get the upper hand on the Justice League due to his weaponization of the vertigo effect.
Beyond his hand-to-hand fighting skills, Vertigo can weaken, or entirely compromise, his opponent’s sense of balance. This power strongly disorients opponents, as it makes it impossible to see straight. Count Vertigo might not be at the top of the list for the Suicide Squad’s recruitment efforts but he certainly can be useful.
19 DON'T WANT: NEMESIS
What’s so special about Nemesis? Using this alias, Thomas Andrew Tresser made a name for himself as a master of disguise. By wearing customizable masks, Tresser could make himself look like anyone, which repeatedly proved to be a useful skill. A second version of the character, Soseh Mykros, served as an ally of the Justice Society and also fought alongside Black Adam’s group of heroes.
Mykros doesn’t have a lot in common with Tressner, and, of the two iterations, she seems like a more worthwhile addition to the Suicide Squad. Still, neither Myrkos nor Tressner would be a worthwhile addition to the live-action version of the team.
18 WANT: PARASITE
The Parasite debuted nearly 30 years after Superman but he’s still become one of the Man of Steel’s most notable enemies. Various characters have become the Parasite, which has contributed to the antagonist’s longevity. Raymond Jensen, Rudy Jones and, in the New 52, Joshua Michael Allen have all attacked the DCU as the purple monster.
The Parasite can absorb the life force and superpowers of anyone it touches, which allows the villain to have access to any power imaginable. Whichever version of the character DC might choose to bring to the big screen could add some legitimacy to the Suicide Squad.
17 DON'T WANT: BLACK SPIDER
Black Spider, based on his name and appearance, seems like a cheap Spider-Man knockoff. Though the character has shown that he has some merit, most fans likely wouldn’t give the character a chance on the big screen. Several characters have worn the Black Spider costume. Eric Needham held the role for 19 years before two successors tried to surpass his accomplishments with the role.
Whoever wears the mask tends to be a skillful assassin and a master martial artist. Plus, Black Spider is a proficient acrobat, which makes him a capable antagonist. However, there’s not much separating the character from several more interesting villains. Black Spider has appeared in some animated products but DC shouldn’t feel rushed to bring him to the big screen.
16 WANT: BANE
Bane is one of Batman’s most famous villains; after all, he is "The Man Who Broke The Bat". Subsequently, some viewers might be surprised to see him in an ensemble movie. But, as with other notable characters, Bane’s tenure with the Suicide Squad proves that no character is too famous for its roster. In fact, Bane is arguably known for his role as the enforcer on a number of villainous teams. He was a staple of Gail Simone’s Secret Six.
Bane may not seem like an obvious candidate for inclusion in the sequel to Suicide Squad, but he would certainly bring some star power to the movie.
15 DON'T WANT: JAMES GORDON JR.
James Gordon Jr. is not a supervillain. This distinction alone should rule him out for inclusion in the sequel to Suicide Squad. The son of legendary cop James Gordon is nothing more than a violent criminal. He’s not a metahuman and he doesn’t do anything that would make him an asset in the field. If anything, he’d be a liability.
Sure, James Gordon Jr. has been a thorn in his family’s side and, by extension, he’s caught Batman’s attention. But Gordon Jr. is not a legitimate danger to any member of the superhero, or supervillain, community. Batgirl has a blind spot for him because they’re related, otherwise practically any hero or villain could take him down.
14 WANT: SOLOMON GRUNDY
Solomon Grundy, compared to other characters on this list, is mostly here for nostalgic purposes. Cyrus Gold has been around for a long time, debuting in 1944. The character has managed to find a way into most mediums, including TV shows, movies and video games. Clearly, Grundy holds a special place in the hearts of DC’s powers that be.
As a result, Gold’s inclusion in the sequel to Suicide Squad would be par for the course. While Gold has already appeared in some of DC’s live-action products, especially Gotham, he still deserves to join other villains on the big screen.
13 DON'T WANT: ELECTROCUTIONER
Various version of the Electrocutioner have appeared throughout the DCU since 1981, when the character debuted in Batman #331. The Electrocutioner is often matched up with the Dark Knight but he has also served with the Suicide Squad and the Secret Society of Supervillains. Lester Buchinsky, and the mystery man under the mask for part of his history, has the ability to generate harmful shocks from his costume.
As power sets go, Lester’s is not innovative. Unfortunately, he’s not a compelling character to begin with. Lester is a vigilante who targets criminals. This background has been executed more effectively by a number of other characters. For these reasons, he’d be a poor addition to the Amanda Waller’s team in its second live-action movie.
12 WANT: BLACK ADAM
Black Adam would steal the show if DC includes him in this sequel. Dwayne Johnson, formerly known as The Rock, has been cast as Shazam’s nemesis but fans don’t know when the character will make his live action debut. It won’t be in Shazam!, which premieres in April 2019. Several rumors have suggested Black Adam could be in the sequel to Suicide Squad, either as the main antagonist or as a member of the team itself.
Adam is one of the most powerful members in the team’s history, as he has access to a range of abilities comparable to that of Shazam. The combination of Adam’s might and Johnson’s charisma would be perfect for any DC movie and especially this one.
11 DON'T WANT: CLOCK KING
Somehow, Clock King has carved out a durable niche in the DCU. Since his debut in 1960, William Tockman keeps popping up in various comics and other mediums. Initially, Clock King was powerless; he was just a very intelligent man who mastered the usage of clocks/other time-based devices.
The second version, though, can always see four seconds into the future, so he knows what his opponents will throw at him. This iteration, known as Tem, is also a technological genius, and both abilities make him a credible villain. Still, Clock King falls short of other candidates for the Suicide Squad’s new roster.
10 WANT: POISON IVY
Poison Ivy isn’t just here because she’s one of the most recognizable members of Batman’s rogues gallery -- in her own right, Pamela Isley is a legitimate supervillain. However, Ivy would be a compelling addition to the cast of the sequel to Suicide Squad for other reasons, too.
Ivy’s relationship, and romance, with Harley Quinn is criminally underrated and underutilized in the DCU. It’s past time that someone brings their dynamic connection to the big screen. Birds of Prey could be another opportunity to showcase this relationship but why wait? Plus, with increasing concerns about climate change, Ivy, more than ever before, is a timely, relevant character.
9 DON'T WANT: NIGHTSHADE
Nightshade, or Eve Eden, is somewhat comparable to the Teen Titans’ Raven. Eden can manipulate darkness, transform into shadows and, using the Land of Nightshades, she can teleport. Her abilities have landed her a spot on the Shadowpact and also the Suicide Squad. That aforementioned dimension is unique to Nightshade -- she’s the only one who can access it.
While Eden would be an intriguing addition to DC’s line of live-action movies, the sequel to Suicide Squad isn’t the right time. The film’s predecessors haven’t successfully established the presence of magic, so Eden’s inclusion would be a jarring jump for many viewers.
8 WANT: PENGUIN
Oswald Cobblepot is usually the brains of an operation but occasionally, he serves as a team player. The Penguin’s actual tenure with the Suicide Squad was short-lived but he’s still a valid candidate. The Penguin doesn’t pack a punch like Bane or Black Adam and his powers aren’t relatively useful for the missions Task Force X must fulfill.
Still, as a fixture of Batman comics since 1941, Oswald Cobblepot deserves to be considered for a spot on the big screen version of the Suicide Squad. Cobblepot wouldn’t be useless in the field; he has an arsenal of weaponized umbrellas and his brilliant mind would help the team, too; the Penguin is a masterful strategist and tactician.
7 DON'T WANT: BLACK MANTA
Black Manta is about to make his live-action movie debut in Aquaman. Regardless of the extent of the character’s involvement, some fans could view David Hyde’s inclusion in that film as a reason to put him in the sequel to Suicide Squad. But frankly, doing so would be a step down for the character.
Sure, we’ve included other legendary characters on this list. But Hyde is Aquaman’s nemesis, so DC should reserve Black Manta’s appearances for that franchise and/or future Justice League movies. The Suicide Squad has plenty of members they can draw from before DC resorts to throwing Black Manta into the movie.
6 WANT: BRONZE TIGER
Bronze Tiger, or Ben Turner, doesn’t bring a lot of pizzazz to the table. Beyond being one of the most skilled martial artists in the DCU, he isn’t all that interesting. But the intrigue of his fighting prowess often outweighs his unremarkable personality. Turner is notorious for his mastery of various fighting styles, like Judo, Karate, Kung Fu, Jiu-Jitsu and Taekwondo.
As a result, Turner has made the jump to various platforms outside the comics. Michael Jai White plays the character in Arrow, where Bronze Tiger has appeared in several episodes. Clearly, Turner has some support from the higher-ups at DC, so it wouldn’t be surprising to see him in this movie.
5 DON'T WANT: JOHNNY SORROW
Johnny Sorrow’s bond with the King of Tears causes the demise of anyone who sees his true face (Dr. Mid-Nite and Harley Quinn are the only ones who have survived looking at it). This power is Sorrow’s main claim to fame and it’s not a particularly jaw-dropping one. Sorrow can also teleport and manipulate energy. Recently, he received the ability to control hordes of demons and this skill makes him more compelling.
Still, other characters are more deserving of the spotlight. Sorrow played a substantial role in Justice League vs. Suicide Squad but he didn’t display enough intrigue to make him a worthwhile candidate for this movie.
4 WANT: KILLER FROST
Yes, Caitlin Snow has been a main character on The Flash for five seasons. At times, the show has featured her alter ego, Killer Frost. But, for the most part, the Arrowverse has focused on Snow, the scientist, rather than Frost, the villain/antihero. It’s fair to argue that the latter could still be incorporated into future DC movies without fans calling it overkill.
Snow, as her name suggests, can manipulate cold/ice. In a universe with Mr. Freeze and Captain Cold, some would suggest that another cold-based villain would be gratuitous. But Snow stands apart from her contemporaries and she deserves the chance to prove herself.
3 DON'T WANT: PLASTIQUE
It’s hard to believe but Plastique has technically been a member of the Justice League (she briefly served with the Extreme Justice group.) Bette Sans Souci debuted as a villain and she eventually, against her will, became a member of the Suicide Squad. Souci is often remembered for her engagement to the heroic Captain Atom but she has continued to serve with Waller’s team of villains and other nefarious groups.
Souci can project an explosive force from her body, which is a fairly limited power set. Though Plastique briefly appeared in Smallville and The Flash, we don’t want to see her again any time soon.
2 WANT: KING SHARK
King Shark, or Nanaue, has a few commonalities with Killer Frost. Both characters have maintained a presence on The Flash (of course, Frost has enjoyed a more prominent role.) The Arrowverse changed Shark’s backstory so his counterpart is Shay Lamden, a marine biologist. This version of the character was initially controlled by Zoom and, later, A.R.G.U.S. Throughout Lamden’s time on the show, he hasn’t demonstrated his full potential.
While the character is typically part of a team/group, he still comes across as a menacing monster. In some ways, the Arrowverse has turned him into a lackey, which makes King Shark a prime candidate for a fresh chance with the Worlds of DC.
1 DON'T WANT: DEATHSTROKE
Deathstroke’s inclusion on this list is counterintuitive. Most fans would love to see Slade Wilson on the big screen. Since his debut in 1980, he’s become one of DC’s most famous villains. Justice League teased the character’s future, when it seemed that he would be a member of the Legion of Doom. But, with the Justice League’s future increasingly unclear, Wilson is no lock to return to the movies anytime soon.
Deathstroke would definitely add some star power to Amanda Waller’s band of villains. That being said, we’d rather wait to see the character receive a larger role than watch him in an assembly of antagonists in a Suicide Squad sequel.