Suicide Squad - El Diablo

There are actually multiple El Diablos in the comics. This El Diablo (Jay Hernandez) is the third and most recent, Chato Santana. He’s a gangster with pyrokinetic powers who once burned down a building in order to collect a debt. Upon realizing that innocent women and children were killed in the blaze, he quietly turned himself over to the police. He eventually winds up in Belle Reve, where Amanda Waller inducts him into the Suicide Squad.

Suicide Squad - Deadshot

Deadshot (Will Smith) a.k.a. Floyd Lawton is a cold-blooded assassin who, as his name suggests, is an exceptionally talented marksman. His abilities are further enhanced by cybernetic implants (like that glowing red eye). However, like his frequent adversary Batman, he has no superpowers of his own. Besides his killer skills and mercenary attitude, his major defining attribute is a burning desire to die in spectacular fashion.

He’s one of the more regular Suicide Squad members in the comics, where the team is something of a revolving door, and often serves as its de facto leader. In the film, it looks like he’s got a poignant backstory involving a little kid. Interestingly, Smith is non-traditional casting for this character, who is usually portrayed as Caucasian.

Suicide Squad - Rick Flag

Rick Flag (Joel Kinnaman) is another character who exists in multiple incarnations in the comics. There are three Rick Flags, and they are all related. The oldest Rick Flag was part of the original Suicide Squadron in World War II, but the movie focuses on his son Rick Flag Jr. This military man is often one of the leaders of Suicide Squad, though he seems kind of conflicted about it. 

Though highly skilled and trained, Rick Flag does not have superpowers. He does occasionally have issues with mental instability, which is exactly what you want when you’re about to embark on high-stakes, high-risk missions with a group of known supervillains.

Suicide Squad - Boomerang

Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney) could be either Digger Harkness or his son Owen Mercer. Either way, expect an Australian guy who employs a lot of trick boomerangs. And possibly some occasional bursts of superspeed. (Captain Boomerang is typically an antagonist of the Flash, and the younger Boomerang is related to a bunch of the Flashes… look, comics genealogy is crazy complicated.) The elder Captain Boomerang was an asshole who was often used as comic relief. His son is more well-meaning but has a dark psychotic side.

Suicide Squad - Killer Croc

Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje) is a villain most commonly associated with Batman. His reptilian scales are a manifestation of his atavism. His skin functions almost as an armor, and he has several special abilities including regenerative powers and superhuman strength, endurance, speed, and senses. Portrayals of the character, whose real name is Waylon Jones, range between mostly human and extremely animalistic. The movie version seems to fall more on the former end of the spectrum.

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