There's an ancient proverb that states: a superhero is only as good as their villain. Socrates said that, probably. Look, you can't prove he didn't. Anyway, despite this time-tested wisdom, it's a problem that many recent superhero films have struggled with. Compelling villains make for worthy challenges against the hero, and it's been awhile since we've seen a truly savage and evil villain on the big screen.
If there were ever a superhero movie that deserved a particular nasty villain, it would be Suicide Squad. While the first film didn't have enough time to develop a memorable villain, hopefully the eventual sequel will take things to the next level. Over the years, some of the craziest Suicide Squad villains have battled the team of antiheroes, and any one of them would be perfect to pit against Task Force X in a future movie.
Which Suicide Squad villains should be in the sequel? Black Adam, Bronze Tiger, and General Zod are just a few bad guys that could be making an appearance. Take a look and see all the Suicide Squad characters not in the movie, but have a chance of making an appearance in the future.
Having the Suicide Squad under government employment allows for missions that are considered too... confidential for the public to know about. With that in mind, one of the best villains for the Squad to take on for the follow up film would be General Wade Eiling.
Eiling is a high standing general in the US military and an all-around jerk. He hates superpowered people and wants to do absolutely everything he can to stop them, so he becomes one himself. You know, logic. First introduced in Captain Atom #1, Eiling has gone on to be a thorn in the side of almost all the major heroes in the DC Universe.
He already has a perfect setup to explore in a film version. With the world becoming more accepting of Superman and the Justice League, Eiling goes rogue in order to find a way to keep superpowered people in check. Not wanting to cause a controversy Amanda Waller sends the Squad after him. Of course, they would arrive too late. In the comics, Eiling becomes a monstrous creature that rivals Superman in terms of strength and agility, and that would be a perfect third-act finale for the sequel.
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Dwayne "The Now-Boulder" Johnson is the complex villain Black Adam in the DC cinematic universe. Given Johnson's incredible star power, and given the difficulty of fleshing out villains for superhero films, the writers of the next Suicide Squad film should incorporate Black Adam into the story to give audiences a taste of how deadly he can be.
He's the type of villain that Amanda Waller was afraid of when she formed her Suicide Squad, so why not let Deadshot, Harley Quinn, Captain Boomerang, et al. actually prove they're not to be messed with by taking on one of the most powerful beings in DC's history?
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The Injustice League
Instead of having the Suicide Squad face one main dastardly villain, why not an entire team? Maybe this sort of storyline would best be saved for a theoretical third movie in the franchise, when the Squad has to come to terms with the fact that they are basically good guys now.
But a team of bad guys facing off against a team of even worse bad guys would be something we've never seen on screen before. The Injustice League could give each Squad member a mirror counterpoint to face off against. Forget Batman v Superman, imagine a movie where you have Deadshot v Deathstroke, Harley Quinn v The Joker, Captain Boomerang v Captain Cold, Killer Croc v Solomon Grundy, and Katana v Parasite! With it's wide pool to draw from, there's literally dozens of supervillains who could make up the team and provide a challenge for the Suicide Squad.
One of the biggest problems with the original Suicide Squad film is that the antagonists were nothing more than faceless husks throughout a majority of the movie. They had no depth or personality. Maybe the way to go for the next film is to have a another team of villains that could go toe-to-toe with the Squad. With that in mind, a great addition to the sequel would be Bronze Tiger.
As a master martial artist (he's beaten Batman, so he's pretty badass), Bronze Tiger would make a great henchmen to whoever the main villain is. Plus, because of his comic history, he could eventually join the Squad, forced to work alongside the very people he was just fighting.
The coolest interpretation of the character might have come from the CW show Arrow, where Bronze Tiger had gauntlet claws similar to Wolverine and was played by Michael Jai White. It would be fantastic to have both the claws and the actor return for the sequel. Who would win? Bronze Tiger's claws or Captain Boomerang's Boomerang? It's the fight we need to see!
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