Cameos, references, comic book boxes that come to life… Discover the details not to be missed in David Ayer’s “Suicide Squad”, worn by Margot Robbie and Will Smith among others.
Suicide Squad brings together for the first time in the cinema a team of supervillains to carry out an obviously suicide mission in the DC Comics universe! From Joker to Harley Quinn to Deadshot and Killer Croc, they’re all set to fight for a reduced sentence.
Find all the hidden details, winks and references of the film below.
A drawing comes to life
While Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) talks about them as “the King and Queen of Gotham”, the film shows us the Joker (Jared Leto) and Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) in full dance, with shots that are directly inspired, even in the makeup of the young woman, from the cover signed Alex Ross, designer renowned for the realism of his works, for the book “Harley Quinn” published in 1999.
Mourning in the family
Batman v Superman briefly made it clear to us: the Joker is responsible for Robin’s death, as in the comic book “Mourning in the family”. Corn Suicide Squad tells us that Harlely Quinn (Margot Robbie) was the Clown Prince of Crime’s accomplice in this story, which Zack Snyder’s new Justice League cut is expected to return to quickly.
Seen in the introductory sequence of Suicide Squad, decorated with a pink neon since it is about Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), the grid of Arkham Asylum is exactly the same as that of the Gotham series, a prequel to the adventures of Batman which aired between September 2014 and April 2019 on the FOX channel in the United States.
You got the look, Jojo
Even though the Joker played by Jared leto is only secondary in the plot, its various appearances are the occasion of several sartorial tributes: to “The Killing Joke” and “Mourning in the family” when dressed in purple with white gloves, or “The Dark Knight Returns” when he wears a purple shirt under a white jacket.
Deadshot is displayed
Concluding with this image showing the character played by Will Smith in a hail of bullets, the film picks up the cover visual of “Deadshot’s Target”, opus by in 2014 in France and whose screenplay is by John Ostrander, to whom we owe the reinvention of comic books “Suicide Squad” in 1987.
Once upon a time…
Inscriptions “The Light” and “The Way” visible on Deadshot Pass (Will smith) refer to this quote from the Book of John in the Bible: “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.'” A way to offer this anti-hero a hint of morality, in accordance with the values defended by his interpreter?
Zack Snyder in a Flash
Between Man of Steel and Justice League, Zack Snyder will have participated in all of the DC feature films produced by Warner: directing three, making a cameo in Wonder Woman, and directing that Flash cameo (Ezra Miller) that stops Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney) in Suicide Squad.
Other biblical reference
When Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) discusses his plan during a summit meeting with government officials, we can see the painting depicting the myth of David and Goliath, painted by Titian in 1542. Is it because, like the hero of the Bible, the characters from the film are going to be launched on a suicide mission facing an enemy supposedly stronger than them?
Tolliver and company
If he’s not named in the opening scene in which he appears, we have to wait until Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) does not present his plan to have the answer thanks to a plaque: it is about Derek Tolliver who, in the comic books published from 1987 and whose feature film is greatly inspired, makes the link between the commando and the Security Council. Here embodied by David Harbor, future Hellboy, he is one of Amanda Waller’s associates and never hinders his mission.
Caught in Flag
Performer of Admiral Olsen in the opening scene of Suicide Squad, Ted Whittall is no stranger to the DC universe since he participated in five episodes of Smallville, including four in the skin of Rick Flag, here played by Joel Kinnaman.
In an attempt to convince members of the government of the merits of Amanda Waller’s idea (Viola Davis) consisting of putting together a team of super-villains, Derek Tolliver (David Harbor) gives an example of where the Suicide Squad could intervene: if Superman had decided to cross the roof of the White House to attack the President of the United States. A situation which is not difficult to imagine since it occurred in Superman II, when General Zod (Terence Stamp) broke into the Oval Office with a crash.
Welcome to Midway City
Most of the action of Suicide Squad takes place in the town of Midway City, which DC Comics fans know well, since it was notably the scene of the adventures of Hawkman and Hawkgirl.
Clown with driver
The name written on the sleeve of his military uniform, which can be seen when he fires from the stolen helicopter, proves it: Jim Parrack plays a certain Johnny Frost, henchman and driver of the Clown Prince of Crime, and narrator from the comic book “Joker” signed Lee Bermejo and Brian Azzarello in 2008, and whose feature film was notably inspired. Which, with the exception of the presence of this character, is not really obvious.
Many rumors have circulated about the identity of the character played by rapper Common. Officially, he is a gangster called Monster T. But his look refers to the Tattooed Man, name given to several of Green Lantern’s enemies capable of bringing their tattoos to life. Was it a simple wink, or the introduction of a villain brought in to come back in Green Lantern Corps, when the project was still in the DC Comics line-up?
Harley Quinn Grounded
While looking for which accessory to go on a mission with, after finding her outfit, Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) momentarily seizes a mass. Which refers to comic books signed Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti from 2013 and in which it was his weapon of choice. More than his bat from the movie which, if present on paper, is more reminiscent of Arkham video games. But the mallet is making a comeback in Birds of Prey, both on the posters and in the finale.
Present in the promotion of the film, with a poster just for him, Slipknot (Adam Beach) does not last long since it is thanks to him that the rest of the commando discovers that the explosive implants intended to prevent them from escaping are good. real, unlike what Captain Boomerang (Jai courtney) implied. A quick death that seems to be modeled after this situation of number 10 of “Suicide Squad”, appeared in 1988, where the Australian, once again eager to prove his superiority, was at the origin of the serious injury to the arm of his accomplice under similar conditions.
In the comic books that saw her born in 1966, the Enchantress was dressed as a witch, pointy hat included. This is not the case in the film, which takes up the tale in which it is revealed that she is possessed by a greedy demon of lust and desire called Succubus (Succubus in VO), and gives her the look of a woman who was the host before June Moone’s brother (here played by Cara Delevingne) was in turn infected with the parasite.
As in the comic books, Katana (Karen Fukuhara) has lost the love of her life, and her weapon of choice is a saber called Soultaker. Corn Suicide Squad adds a significant detail to her outfit, with these calligraphic inscriptions (on her leg in particular) which recall her personal history, because it is about a lost love that the super-heroine will wait for a millennium if necessary.
Joker on the Wall
Revealed from the trailers, the very visual scene during which the Joker (Jared leto) lies in the middle of a circle formed by bottles and all its weapons (mostly knives) is, and David Ayer has not hidden it, a tribute to the sequence of The Wall of Pink Floyd which sees Pink ( Bob Geldof) similarly place objects in his hotel room, as if to illustrate the state of mind he is in. We also notice, in Suicide Squad, children’s clothes (one pink and one blue) at the top right of the image. To show us, echoing the future hallucination of Harley, who imagines a family life with him, that the Clown Prince of crime is also thinking of this future?
The rebirth of Harley Quinn
The flashback centered around when Harleen Quinzel (Margot Robbie) becomes Harley Quinn, and which we see again in Birds of Prey, is directly inspired by the origin of the villain, reinvented in the reboot Renaissance (New 52 in original version), launched from 2011. With a major difference: while the Joker pushes her into a vat of acid on paper, to complete her transformation, it is the young woman who jumps of her own free will in Suicide Squad.
The Latin quote “Si vis pacem para bellum” (“If you want peace, prepare for war”) that we see in the window broken Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) to grab a bag might be just a detail. But it fits with Amanda Waller’s credo (Viola Davis), convinced that a conflict against meta-humans is approaching and that we must be prepared. With a group of the ilk of that of Suicide Squad for example.
The team’s mission includes the John F. Ostrander Federal Building, where their target is located. A name that obviously refers to the screenwriter John Ostrander who, in 1987, reinvented comic books “Suicide Squad” to give them the shape that we still know today.
Back behind bars at the end of the movie, before the Joker (Jared leto) make him escape, Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) recovers from his emotions by reading the book “Between the Sheets” by Molly O’Keefe. A romance novel that would have its place in the Harlequin collection, to support the play on words around the name of the character, and in which we find similarities with his own romantic relationship: there is indeed a question of a bad boy who arrives in a village, and teaches a young woman to let go when desire kicks in.