WTF is Suicide Squad?! (Screenjunkies)
The cast for DC’s supervillain team-up movie has been announced – but who are these renegades? We have everything you need to know about the Suicide Squad!
The Suicide Squad, also known as Task Force X (the name of a closely related but independent supervisory organization), is a name for two fictional organizations in the DC Comics Universe. The first version debuted in The Brave and the Bold (vol. 1) #25 (1959), and the second in Legends #3 (1987). An “original” Suicide Squad was later created in Secret Origins (vol. 2) #14, connecting the other Squads.
The modern Suicide Squad (created by John Ostrander in the aforementioned Legends #3) is an antihero team of incarceratedsupervillains who act as deniable assets for the United States government, undertaking high-risk black ops missions in exchange for commuted prison sentences. The group operates out of Belle Reve Penitentiary, under the directorship of Dr. Amanda Waller. The Suicide Squad’s existence helps to explain why many convicted villains in the DC Universe roam free without having heroes tracking them down—until they, inevitably, attempt or commit another crime.
This entry covers the various incarnations of the Suicide Squad (and the five associated monthly Suicide Squad comic book series) that exist throughout DC Universe canon, from its origins in the Silver Age, to its modern-day post-Crisis reimagining, to the current version that was introduced in the wake of DC’s New 52 continuity reboot, plus various television media and the upcoming Suicide Squad feature film, set to star Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Tom Hardy, and Jared Leto