The Suicide Squad sees many deaths, both from Task Force X members and antagonists, but only two really matter. Here’s why.
The suicide squad introduced a number of new characters as part of Task Force X and also saw many deaths, both from team members and antagonists, but only two of them really matter – here are which ones and why. Following Justice League’s underperformance and much controversy surrounding it and other films, DC’s Extended Universe has gone through some changes in tone and style to reinvigorate interest in this networked universe of superheroes. His most recent projects include James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad, a standalone sequel to David Ayers Suicide Squad that was released in 2016.
In the Suicide Squad, Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) is recruiting new villains to Task Force X and is also bringing back some of the original members, as well as Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) and Rick Flag (Joel Kinnaman.). ). Little did they know that Waller formed two teams and would not hesitate to kill either of them if they contradicted their orders, but the first team, mostly made up of new characters, didn’t make it through the first few minutes of the film as they did killed by the enemies or by Waller, as was the case with Savant (Michael Rooker). Of course, and as teased by Gunn months before the film was released, they weren’t the only characters to die, but of all those casualties, only two deaths really matter: Rick Flag and Polka-Dot Man (David Dastmalchian).
With most of the first Task Force X team dead except Harley and Flag, it was up to the second team to continue the mission. There the audience met Bloodsport (Idris Elba), King Shark (voiced by Sylvester Stallone), Ratcatcher 2 (Daniela Melchior), Peacemaker (John Cena) and Polka-Dot Man, who were later joined by Harley and Flag. Due to the dangerous nature of the mission, not all members of the team made it to the end of The Suicide Squad, with Flag and Polka Dot Man dying in combat, but for various reasons: Flag was stabbed by Peacemaker, who followed Waller’s orders closely, and got into one Fight with Flag, and Polka Dot Man was crushed by Starro during the last fight.
The death of the first Task Force X team is neither sad nor really important as the audience didn’t even have enough time to familiarize themselves with them, and most of the skills and backstories remained a mystery as they could have been killed before them show what they can do. Captain Boomerang was a well-known character, but he was brought back as a joke and a link to the original film, so he wasn’t so attached to himself either. Flag, on the flip side, was the strongest link between Suicide Squad movies and teams, and most importantly, he wasn’t a villain and he saw his teammates as equals and even friends like he did at Harley, so he watched him die through the hands of Peacemaker was shocking. Polka-Dot Man, despite being a new character, quickly won audiences and learned about the most important parts of his story, as well as how his condition came about and his greatest trauma related to his mother.
What made Polka-Dot Man’s death even more meaningful was that he died a hero, which proved to his mother (the image of her haunted him) that he was capable of being a superhero. Flag and Polka-Dot Man had a lot more weight in the story than the first team and the rest of the characters who died in it The suicide squad. It is unknown whether or not the Rick Flag and Polka-Dot Man backstories will be further explored in other media, but at least they didn’t die of all blood and drama.
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Adrienne Tyler is a feature writer for Screen Rant. She is an audiovisual communications graduate who wanted to be a filmmaker, but life had other plans (and it turned out great). Before Screen Rant, she wrote for Pop Wrapped, 4 Your Excitement (4YE) and D20Crit, where she was also a regular guest on Netfreaks Podcast. She has also worked on FanSided’s BamSmackPow and 1428 Elm. Adrienne is very into movies and enjoys a little bit of everything: from superhero films to heartbreaking dramas to low-budget horror films. Every time she manages to get involved in a TV show without getting bored, an angel gets his wings.
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