Boomerang (Jai Courtney): The Class Clown

The Boomerang identity has been used by a couple different characters in the comics, so if you’ve been wondering which one Jai Courtney is playing in Suicide Squad the answer is both, and neither. “I think it is somewhat of an amalgamation, I think is probably the fairest thing to say,” the actor told us.

What is clear is that this Boomerang brings some chaos and comedy into the mix. “It is a lot of fun to see Boomerang, who is sort of the most villainous of all these characters,” teased Ayer. “This has been a blast creating this absolutely out-of-control, force-of-nature with Jai. In character paradigms, he’s evil-chaotic.” And with his drone boomerang, this baddie has the potential to wreak a lot of havoc.

“I definitely pick up the kind of class clown slack at times,” Courtney said of his character. “Harley has this great line where she says, ‘Your village in Australia is missing its idiot. You should call home.’ Which is a great line and rings true.”

Producers Suckle and Horowitz told us Boomerang’s jokester personality wasn’t too far from Courtney’s in real life, and the actor agreed. “It’s funny because I do feel closer to this than anything else I’ve done from a performance perspective,” he said. “But its actually closer to myself than any other role I’ve ever played.”

How’s that? “Because I’m a bogan piece of shit.”

SUICIDE SQUAD - Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Killer Croc

Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje): The Loner

“I think Killer Croc is one of the characters that most people are really exited for,” Horowitz told us. “He’s obviously a classic Batman villain, and for us I think when approaching the character, I think the first thing that David said we all agreed is we’re not having a full CG character in this movie.” Yup, that’s right. All those scales are the result of hours in the makeup chair, not CG wizardry.

Despite his animalistic appearance — the result of a progressive disease — Killer Croc has a human soul, and it was important to Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje to make that shine through. “He’s not a crocodile, he’s a man,” he said, who “just wants to be loved.”

There’s some beautiful moments in the movie: tender moments, and unpredictable moments, and gentle moments, humorous moments. And those are all whispers of who he was as Waylon Jones. But certainly the pain and the loneliness, you can see it in his eyes. There’s decisions that he has to make along the journey whether he’s going to continue that solo, lonesome thing, or is he going to find a family? It’s a big moment for him.

But this self-described loner isn’t just moping around at home. He may live down in the sewers, but “he’s owning that world,” said Akinnuoye-Agbaje. And he’s legitimately dangerous. Killer Croc eats human flesh, and so Akinnuoye-Agbaje researched cannibalism and alligator movements for the role. “[The Squad] always have to be wary and be aware of the fact that, at any moment, he might get the hunger and just take an arm off,” he said.


El Diablo (Jay Hernandez): The Firepower

Jay Hernandez booked the role of penitent pyrokinetic Chato Santana in Suicide Squad after losing out on a different David Ayer film — he’d been one of the finalists for the Michael Peña role in End of Watch. The character in the comics is a gangster, and so Ayer and his team looked to real East L.A. gangs for insight. Everything from the character’s jacket design to his tattoos (like one that reads “213,” for the East L.A. area code) was based on that research. “[Ayer] had a very particular thing, he wanted that to be very real,” said costume designer Kate Hawley.

SUICIDE SQUAD - Adam Beach as Slipknot

Slipknot (Adam Beach): The Mystery

The Suicide Squad teammate we heard least about was Slipknot, the resident knot expert. If I had to guess, he’ll probably be the character who’s offed early on. Notably, he was the one confirmed member of the Suicide Squad who was not present in the scene we saw being shot, which takes place about a third of the way through the movie. Horowitz described him as a “very cool character,” but also a “mysterious one.”


Enchantress (Cara Delevingne): The Witch

Enchantress is really two different characters, regular person June Moone and the powerful sorcerer known as Enchantress. It does not appear she’s part of the Suicide Squad, and it seems possible she’ll even turn out to be the main villain. But whatever her role in the movie turns out to be, one thing is clear: this Enchantress does not look like the one from the comics. Horowitz said that came from their efforts to modernize her:

At the end of the day she’s a witch, and I think, what would a contemporary modern-day witch look like? And so, for us I think trying to take her old look, which of course is closer to right here, and contemporize it and make it a little bit darker and a little more witchlike, I think, a little more grounded, a little more Goth. So this is what we came up with.

Though the DC cinematic universe has yet to really introduce any magical elements, they’re going all in with the supernatural with Enchantress. Hawley spilled that the character has an “occult” sensibility, with a bit of Hieronymus Bosch-style surrealism, and that she gets some “very scary” moments.

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