James Gunn’s The suicide squad is finally here, and the consensus seems to be that it was worth the wait. And as Gunn’s approach to the guardians of the galaxy movies, he neither completely avoided DC Universe cameos and Easter Eggs like many filmmakers like to do, nor embarked on wall-to-wall world building like Zack Snyder. Meet in the middle, The suicide squad has a handful of Easter eggs, cameos, and hidden references, and each one is exciting to spot.
We tried to list them all that we could find within the first 24 hours of the movie’s release. They’re listed below, so please let us know in the comments, or hit us up on Twitter at @russburlingame, if we’ve missed anything major.
In The Suicide Squad, welcome to hell – aka Bell Reve, the prison with the highest death rates in the United States of A. Where the worst supervillains are kept and where they will do anything to get out – even join the super-secret, super shady Task Force X. Today’s mission? Assemble a collection of drawbacks including Bloodsport, Peacemaker, Captain Boomerang, Ratcatcher 2, Savant, King Shark, Blackguard, Javelin, and everyone’s favorite psychopath, Harley Quinn. Then, heavily arm them and drop them (literally) on the remote, enemy-infused island of Corto Maltese.
The suicide squad will see the return of Viola Davis as Amanda Waller, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Joel Kinnaman as Col. Rick Flag and Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang from 2016 Suicide Squad. David Dastmalchian as Polka-Dot Man, Steve Agee as King Shark, Daniela Melchior as Ratcatcher 2, Idris Elba as Bloodsport, John Cena as Peacemaker, Nathan Fillion as TDK, Pete Davidson as Blackguard, Flula Borg as Javelin, Mayling Ng as Mongal, Peter Capaldi as The Thinker, Michael Rooker as Savant, Alice Braga as Sol Soria and Sean Gunn as Weasel.
Corto Maltese, a fictional island nation created in Frank Miller The return of the dark knight, is one of the few “back-up” countries in the DC Universe, filling story roles without alienating anyone from a real country they might otherwise have used in the role.
It is not a major parameter; it’s mostly referenced more than seen, and that has been true in the Arrowverse as well.
Corto Maltese owes its name to an Italian comic book character created by Hugo Pratt.
In the comics, Jotunheim is in Qurac, another fictional country in DC (and which is named in the episode as the location where Rick Flag and Bloodsport served together). As in the movie, it was built by the Germans during WWII and was involved in a Suicide Squad mission involving a local coup.
The name “Jotunheim” is a reference to the “Land of Giants” in Norse mythology, and they claimed that only a race of giants could have built it.
Originally created by the legendary Suicide Squad scribe John Ostrander with artist Luke McDonnell, John Economos (Steve Agee’s bearded ARGUS agent in the control room) is the director of Belle Reve in the comics, and so ends up working with Waller there as well.
There were a few villains in the background of Belle Reve who were recognizable enough to deserve to be called out here. One of them was Calendar Man, the villain of Batman: Along Halloween (the second half of which will be available as an animated film on Tuesday starring Jensen Ackles as Batman and The suicide squadby David Dastmalchian as Calendar Man.
If you missed him he was played by James Gunn’s brother and Gilmore Girls star Sean Gunn.
Double Down, a relatively obscure villain of the DC pantheon, is a disfigured villain whose body has been fused with a deck of magic cards. You may remember him from the Arrowverse, where he was played by Josie and the Pussycats veteran JR Bourne.
Jared Leland Gore, actor who plays Double Down in The suicide squad, had apparently also played the role of replacement for one of the actors of Black adam.
The last of the background villains to strike us was a woman with multi-colored skin. We don’t know who the actress is, but if the diagram is to be believed, it appears to be the DC Films version of Crazy Quilt, a name with a long history.
The version of Crazy Quilt that was female, was part of Alexander Luthor’s Secret Society of Villains, and then worked with the Six Secrets around the same time as King Shark.
The above Suicide Squad Writer John Ostrander, who helped shape the property and originated the story of the Jotunheim mission, is actually the sadistic medic who can be seen placing the bomb at the base of Savant’s neck. .
It’s from the War Room, where there’s a background news show from GBS.
As seen previously in Steel man and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, GBS News is a Metropolis-based news network with links to the Daily Planet. It’s also where Cat Grant and Jimmy Olsen worked in the ’80s, making it sort of a proto-version of CatCo in Super girl.
Senator Joseph Cray, the man Amanda Waller plans to play golf with, was a recurring character in Suicide Squad # 11-22 in the 80s. He was involved in a scandal involving the sale of state secrets.
His death was particularly worthy of Suicide Squad. Having been tasked with preventing an enraged Rick Flag from killing Cray by any means necessary, Deadshot killed Cray himself rather than killing Flag, believing he had certainly succeeded in preventing Flag from doing so.
Milton (who?) Drives a van that helps move the squad from location to location in a few scenes (and is even featured on a poster). On her keychain is a little plastic cartoon character who, if you were American, you might mistake Nancy for.
Instead, it’s Mafalda, an Argentinian comic about a six-year-old girl who loves the Beatles, hates soup, and represents the middle class and progressive youth. It was created by beloved designer Quino, who sadly passed away in October.
Pom Klementieff, who played Mantis in Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2, briefly appears as a dancer in the men’s club where Task Force X first meets The Thinker.
Peacemaker’s drink order actually makes a lot of sense for a South American mission.
Fernet is an Italian type of amaro, a bitter, aromatic alcohol that includes herbs and spices made from distilled grape alcohol.
(We freely admit that we get all of this from Wikipedia.)
According to its Wikipedia entry, “Fernet is typically served as a digestive after a meal, but can also be served with coffee and espresso or mixed with coffee and espresso drinks. It typically contains 45% alcohol by volume. It can be served at room temperature or with ice.
âItalian liqueur has a cult following in the international bartending community and is immensely popular in Argentina. The South American country consumes over 75% of all Fernet produced in the world and due to its popularity it owns the only Fratelli Branca distillery outside of Italy. As it is traditionally mixed with Coke, Fernet has also helped make Argentina one of the biggest consumers of Coca-Cola in the world. the country’s unofficial drink. ‘”
After a few drinks, as the crew begins to relax, you can see Lloyd Kaufman, the legendary schlockmeister behind Troma Films and the first studio executive to give James Gunn a job, making an appearance, dancing slowly with a woman close by. from the bar. You can see it in the photo above, just behind John Cena’s Peacemaker.
And last but not least: Crisp Ratt!
That’s right – one of the two practical trained rats that were used in the film to play Sebastian, Ratcatcher’s favorite friend, is called Crisp Ratt, according to Gunn’s star Chris Pratt. guardians of the galaxy movies.