Once Amanda Waller showed up on “Arrow,” you had to know the Suicide Squad wouldn’t be far behind. As it turns out, we’ll be seeing the team in March, and the show’s producers have already shown off its members.
In an exclusive feature on Comic Book Resources yesterday, the TV version of the Suicide Squad was revealed. Put together by Waller in her role as Director of A.R.G.U.S., the team consists mostly of villains we’ve already seen before:
- Floyd Lawton, a.k.a. Deadshot – A hired assassin who’s made several appearances over the show’s two seasons, he has a history with Arrow’s associate John Diggle, having killed his brother on behalf of H.I.V.E. He uses Curare-laced bullets and has the targeting reticle from his comic book costume but not the cool silver hood.
- Ben Turner, a.k.a. Bronze Tiger – Originally used by China White to go up against Arrow in Season 1, he’s a martial artist who uses gloves with Wolverine-esque claws in combat. His recruitment by Waller came in Season 2 and was one of the most obvious references to the Suicide Squad.
- Mark Scheffer, a.k.a. Shrapnel – His is the largest deviation from his comic book counterpart, as he is simply an explosives expert with no superhuman powers. Shrapnel also had possibly the lamest battle against Arrow of any bad guy on the show, getting taken out by one arrow that severed his detonator cord.
You can see pics of all of them in the CBR piece linked above.
Along with this trio, Diggle and his friend Lyla Michaels will also be working with the team, though it remains to be seen if they really are “official” members of the Suicide Squad. The character interactions should be interesting, and I’m anxious to see what methods Waller uses to keep everyone in line — and if the name turns out to be fitting because someone doesn’t make it back from the mission.
The Suicide Squad concept is one that’s too good for the show not to use, though it could deprive Arrow of some of his recurring foes if it sticks. We’ll see what goes down when the team appears in an episode also titled “Suicide Suqad” on The CW on March 19.
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