Lots of people die in "The Suicide Squad." DC gave
writer-director James Gunn blanket permission to kill any character he wanted, and he made good
use of that freedom. Here's a list of the major deaths in Gunn's gory romp. Blackguard, Captain Boomerang, TDK, Javelin,
Mongal, and Savant all die in the beach assault. This is the first version of
Task Force X assembled for the movie, and they all die like jabronis in the
first 15 minutes. Blackguard sells his squadmates out to the hostiles, and his
reward is getting his own face blown off. Almost everyone else on the beach dies from some
variation of being shot and/or blown up.
Savant is an exception; his cranial bomb is detonated
by Amanda Waller after he tries to run away from the mission. During a press event Warner Bros. held for "The
Suicide Squad," actor Juan Diego Botto said, "The character that I play, General
Silvio Luna, he is the new ruler of this Corto Maltese island and he is obsessed with
two things: His collection of rainbow lorikeets, and Harley Quinn. And those two obsessions
will determine his fate eventually." He had to play it a little coy at the time with
the last bit, but we have no need for coyness now: Silvio Luna dies in "The Suicide Squad." Silvio specifically seeks out Harley Quinn
and brings her to his palatial estate, where he says he sees her as the embodiment
of American rebellion. Upon spending a single glorious day with Harley, he proposes
marriage and lays out his plans for rule. Unfortunately for him, mentioning that those
plans involve killing civilians and children is too much of a red flag. Harley shoots Silvio,
explaining that after her past relationships, she just can't handle certain toxic elements. DC Comics character Ratcatcher's appearance
in "The Suicide Squad" is brief, and exists entirely in memory, but it's accurate to say
that his character, played by Taika Waititi, dies in this movie.
We learn his story during a
flashback: Cleo, aka Ratcatcher II, and her father grew up on the streets of Portugal, aided entirely
by his father's ability to communicate with rats through technology. The rats were able to provide
them with anything they needed. Unfortunately, he was also a drug addict and died of an overdose.
This death led Chloe to take his rat wand and also his name. She moved to America, but was sentenced
to Belle Reve for armed robbery after the rats were declared weapons.
We only hear Ratcatcher
I speak roughly two sentences toward the end of the film in another flashback, but it's one of
the movie's most emotional moments, leaving the audience with the idea that if something as
vile as a rat can find a place in the world, anyone can. No death in "The Suicide Squad"
comes as a bigger shock than that of Rick Flag. He's the only non-Amanda Waller
character from the first "Suicide Squad" to live past the opening credits. It's his nobility
that does him in: when he discovers the depth of the US government's involvement with the
captivity of and research into Starro, he decides to take a hard drive and tell the world.
Waller, however, has known about this all along, and has a backup plan: Peacemaker. She gives
Peacemaker specific instructions to make sure the information didn't leave the facility.
and Peacemaker fight, and are for the most part evenly matched — at least until Peacemaker
manages to fatally stab Flag in the heart. The only unambiguous hero in Task Force X dies, but
not before alerting Peacemaker that Ratcatcher II saw the whole thing. One of James Gunn's most significant
achievements in "The Suicide Squad" is making a tragic and sympathetic figure out
of Polka-Dot Man … and making the character's equally stupid death devastating. Abner Krill's
backstory is that his polka dot powers are the result of an inter-dimensional infection, one set
up by his scientist mother. He resents his mother so much that he sees every possible enemy
— that is to say, everyone — as her. He's self-conscious about his infection and his
powers, and just about begs for death.
"We're all gonna die."
“I hope so."
During the final battle with Starro, Bloodsport
has pointed instructions for Polka-Dot Man: pretend the giant starfish terrorizing the
city is his mother. Krill manages to inflict massive damage with his polka-dots.
"He does throw polka-dots at people."
But just when he's finally feeling confident about
his powers, his abilities, and his place in the world, he gets crushed — literally.
The Thinker is the foremost expert on Starro,
having conducted research on the giant alien mind-controlling starfish for years. He makes
an uneasy alliance with the new regime on Corto Maltese after the coup. Both of these things lead
to this death, one inevitable as it is brutal. Task Force X captures the Thinker and escorts
him to Jotunheim. While there, Task Force X sees Starro for the first time — and, just
as damningly, all the people Starro controls. The Thinker reveals Starro's origins, the research
he's spent decades conducting, and the fact that the U.S. was in on it all along. After Jotunheim
explodes, Starro is freed — and his first order of business is dealing with his captor.
Thinker begs for his life, but it's no use as Starro rips the scientist limb from limb. Poor, poor Milton. He isn't a hero, he isn't a
villain, he isn't even an antihero. He's … just some dude. He gets swept up with Task Force X and
drives them from Point A to Point B, albeit with more than a few unplanned stops between A and
B. He even helps with several of their schemes, up to and including planting bombs at Jotunheim.
During a firefight on the upper floors of Jotunheim, Milton gets killed in the crossfire.
To add to the indignity of his death, some of the team doesn't even know he's with them — they
assume he's back at the van. Harley, meanwhile, can't remember Milton's name — at least until she
sees the body.
The perils of being just a normal guy in a world of metahumans. General Mateo Suarez isn't just the right
hand man for Silvio Luna, he's the muscle. A respected and feared military leader, he
also has his own leadership aspirations and functionally takes control of the government
after Luna's death. He's shown to be far more brutal than Silvio, but he gets karmic
payback and a half for everything he's done. When word reaches him that Task Force X is at
Jotunheim, he personally leads the army assaulting the tower. He and his men survive the explosion,
but they don't survive Starro. Finally free, Starro kills or mind controls almost the entire
Corto Maltese military — including Suarez, who learns the hard way not to mess with
intergalactic starfish. He dies like the rest of his men — confused and despondent as the
secret his government hid stops being a secret in the least subtle way possible. Starro: an intergalactic starfish, and also
perhaps the most dangerous evil force in the DCEU. Captured by astronauts who only found out about
his mind control ability after he spit some offspring at them, Starro was brought
to Earth for research.
Understandably, being kept in captivity for decades leaves him
with something of a grudge against humanity — on top of his already existing conquering urges.
Long kept a secret by both the U.S. and Corto Maltese governments, Starro makes himself known to
the world in a big way after finally escaping from Jotunheim. After a thrilling battle, during which
Bloodsport finally shows his mettle as a leader, Starro is defeated.
His eye is pierced by
Harley as rats jump in and tear his innards to shreds. Task Force X become heroes, and
end up in the rarest of all situations: having leverage over Amanda Waller.
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