Total Nerd The Most Important Facts About Every Suicide Squad Character  

Jake Baumgart
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When you saw the trailer for Suicide Squad, sure, you're aware Jared Leto is playing the joker, but what about the rest of bunch or even the general background of the squad? Were you left scratching your head and asking, "Who?" Never fret, because these are the basics you need to know about the DC Comics characters in the Suicide Squad film, which represents a big step in the shared DC cinematic universe also occupied by Batman v Superman, Wonder Woman, and, eventually, Justice League.

Sick of Superman smiling and flying in blue skies? Then Suicide Squad is for you. Started by Amanda Waller, a government black ops leader, the Suicide Squad (aka Task Force X) is a collection of convicts who are sent on dangerous missions for the good ol' US of A. Now you know why it's called the Suicide Squad! Director David Ayer's team features familiar faces like Deadshot (Will Smith) and Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney) but also recent additions like Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) and Katana (Karen Fukuhara).

So lock and load! This list runs through all the players you can expect to see in the new Warner Bros. Suicide Squad movie. Although there are still some more characters that might pop up (*cough* Batman *cough*), this is the essential who's who list for the Suicide Squad cast of characters. 
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Harley Quinn

Harley Quinn is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Important Facts About Every Suicide Squad Character
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Actor: Margot Robbie

Harley Quinn is probably the most recognizable character in this lineup since her meteoric rise in fandom, originating in Batman: The Animated Series. Harleen Quinzel originally acted as the Joker's "My Girl Friday" and was his assistant/girlfriend. As her character evolved, her clothes got skimpier, and she is now a trained member of the Suicide Squad.
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Joker is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Important Facts About Every Suicide Squad Character
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Actor: Jared Leto

At this point, who doesn't know the Joker? Since the character has been around for 75 years now, the Clown Prince of Crime has gone through a few different incarnations: mobster, zany crook, and anarchist. Our best bet for Suicide Squad is that Leto's version of the Joker will a bit of a charmer while still maintaining his unhinged violent streak. 
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Deadshot is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Important Facts About Every Suicide Squad Character
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Actor: Will Smith

In the comics, Deadshot is the Suicide Squad. He is the best marksman in the DC Universe, having never missed a shot (except that time against Batman) and having access to an advanced arsenal. Floyd Lawton is usually the leader, and represents the interesting dynamic of the Suicide Squad: a bad guy with something to lose. In Lawton's case, he wants a better life for his daughter. 
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Katana is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Important Facts About Every Suicide Squad Character
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Actor: Karen Fukuhara

Although the Suicide Squad is usually made up of D-level villains, Katana is actually a good guy in the comics! In fact, her character was introduced on the CW's popular Arrow TV show. Katana is a master swordswoman, and her weapon of choice is the Soultaker - a katana that harbors the souls of those it kills.
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