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[Editor’s note: The following contains spoilers for The Suicide Squad]

We all know the drill by now: where there’s a superhero movie, there are tons of Easter eggs to discover. It couldn’t be different with The suicide squad, James gunnglorious take on DC’s Task Force X. Certainly, theSuicide Squad is an atypical superhero film because it is more concerned with telling its story than connecting with a larger cinematic universe. This means the movie has fewer Easter Eggs than your average superhero movie.

Despite this, Gunn managed to hide a few clever references in The suicide squad, including some F-List villains who stayed behind in Belle Reve Penitentiary and a shout out to comic book artists beyond the superhero subgenre. Since many of these Easter eggs are featured in ‘blink and you might miss’ scenes, we’ve created a handy guide to take you through the details hidden in The suicide squad.

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Belle Reve Other inmates


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The Task Force X team sent to Corto Maltese already has more than a dozen villains, but some inmates at Belle Reve penitentiary have been left behind – which is very fortunate for them, considering what is to come. to team A during this opening credits at the beach. Among the inmates shown by Gunn, we were able to spot Kaleidoscope, Men’s Calendar, and Double down.

Kaleidoscope is a villain created by Robby roseau for the years 1982 Superboy Vol 2 # 36. The villain was only present for two issues of the entire DC Universe, making her as obscure as a villain can be. His powers, however, could have been put to good use by Gunn since Kaleidoscope is able to create illusions and hallucinations. Played by Nathalie Safran in The suicide squad, Kaleidoscope is shown with her colorful body when Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) Bloodsport walk (Idris elbe) through the prison at the start of the film.

Once Amanda and Bloodsport stop in front of Polka-Dot Man’s (David Dastmalchian), Gunn slips two more villains. First, we have Sean gunn like Calendar Man, a classic Batman villain created by Bill Finger and Sheldon moldoff for the years 1958 Police Comics # 259. The villain is fascinated by the holidays and usually commits crimes related to special days in the calendar. So it’s fitting that Calendar Man teases Poka-Dot Man by saying that he wants to hire the colorful villain to celebrate a child’s birthday. The Calendar Man was an obscure villain, but he gained recognition after showing up in the Batman: Arkham game franchise and, more recently, in the film adaptation of Batman: Along Halloween.

Alongside Calendar Man, we have Jared leland gore play another obscure villain, Double Down. The villain gained his powers after killing another player, who was in possession of a cursed deck of cards. As a result, almost all of Double Down’s skin has been torn apart and replaced with magic cards that he can throw at will to cut anything in his path. Double Down was created by Geoff johns and Ethan van Sciver for the years 2001 Flash: Iron Heights # 1 – we have to say The Flash has the strangest rogue gallery ever.

The inhibitor collar


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When Polka-Dot Man is first seen, the villain is wearing an inhibitor collar. Created by ARGUS, the company run by Amanda Waller and the official employers of Task Force X, each inhibitor collar is custom-designed to block any villain or hero superpower. The inhibitor collar became a recognizable tool in DC stories thanks to the animated series Young justice, who uses items extensively during his three seasons.

Harley’s new jacket


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Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) the jacket isn’t exactly an Easter egg, but it’s still a nice detail to point out. During the events of 2016 Suicide Squad, Harley used a jacket with the words “Property of the Joker” written on it. Harley’s new jacket has a new saying that shows her evolution as a character: “Live fast, die clown”. David Ayer‘s Suicide Squad is rightly criticized for many reasons. Yet one of its biggest offenses is how the film reduces the character of Harley Quinn, a brilliant doctor, to a woman who literally dreams of becoming a housewife. It’s nice to see that Quinn gets more proper treatment in other DC movies and reminds us of her recent development during the events of Birds of prey.

Bloodsport’s military history

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The suicide squad tells us that the Elba Bloodsport fought alongside Joel kinnaman‘s Rick Flag when they were both in the military. It’s a nod to the first iteration of Bloodsport in the comics, created by John Byrne for the years 1987 Superman vol. 2 # 4. In the original story, Bloodsport is a rebel from Vietnam who suffers a nervous breakdown when his brother returns from the war, missing both arms and both legs. Consumed by the culprit of letting his brother go to Vietnam in his stead, Bloodsport becomes an easy target for Lex Luthor. Luthor uses Bloodsport’s grief to condition him to target Superman, a confrontation that indeed takes the Kryptonian to the hospital, after being hit by a kryptonite bullet. In Gunn’s movie, Bloodsport did indeed serve in the military, instead of shirking his duty, but the reason he ends up in Belle Reve is pretty much the same.

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Senator Cray


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In the middle of The suicide squad, Amanda Waller is shown practicing her golf skills at the Task Force X base of operations. Waller is obviously not good at the game, a fact she dislikes since she is supposed to play golf with Senator Cray. It’s a nod to Senator Joseph Cray, a corrupt politician who is also the father of Adam Cray, the fourth hero to take on the role of the atom. Senator Cray appears briefly in Arrow‘s Season 3, portrayed by Steven culp. In the series, Cray stages a hostage-taking to increase his popularity ahead of his presidential campaign. The Suicide Squad is dispatched to save the Senator, but once Cray’s plan is discovered, Deadshot (Michael rowe) sacrifices himself to prevent the Senator from killing innocent witnesses. Unfortunately, Cray gets help from Amanda Waller (Cynthia Addai-Robinson) to cover the whole situation, throwing responsibility for all deaths on the late Deadshot. It’s good that Gunn pays homage to the Suicide Squad iteration on the Arrowverseeven with a slight nod.

Corto Maltese Island


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The island of Corto Maltese is a fictional country taken directly from the comics. The country was created by Frank Miller for the years 1986 The return of the dark knight and is presented as an island occupied by the Soviets during the Cold War. The island is obviously inspired by Cuba, and in the events of The return of the dark knight, the United States supports a rebel uprising against the local regime, sending Superman to oversee the crisis. While The suicide squad does not use the Cold War as a background, the film also shows how the presence of American agents can exacerbate a local conflict. Corto Maltese is named after the fictional adventurer created by the Italian comic book writer Hugo pratt.

Mafalda key ring


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The suicide squad spends a few seconds showing a key ring hanging from Milton’s rearview mirror (Julio Ruiz) van. Milton – may his soul rest in peace – is believed to be a fan of Mafalda, a character created by an Argentinian comic book author Quino. the Mafalda The comic features a 6-year-old girl who reflects on the social problems of Latin America and the world. It’s funny, brilliant and very recognizable in Latin America. The inclusion of a Mafalda keychain is a great reference that helps make the fictional country of Corto Maltese more real.


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During the events of The suicide squad, Task Force X is tasked with destroying Jotunheim, a secret Nazi laboratory created by the Germans after World War II. In the comics, Jotunheim is a base located in another fictional country, Qurac, a rogue Midwestern nation. During the first story arc of The suicide squad comic books, Baptism by fire, the team is also tasked with infiltrating Jotunheim, but in the comics their goal is to kill a team of supervillains named Onslaught. Even if The suicide squad is an entirely original story written by Gunn, using Jotunheim as the basis is a nice nod to the first The suicide squad issues, published in 1987.

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