Amanda Waller has found the criminals to join that “squad” of hers. Comic Book Resources has posted the first images of the Suicide Squad from the upcoming Arrow episode (fittingly) titled “Suicide Squad.” In addition to Waller, director of A.R.G.U.S., the group will be comprised of Ben Turner (Bronze Tiger), Floyd Lawton (Deadshot) and Mark Scheffer (Shrapnel). John Diggle will be recruited by Waller next month, along with his ex-wife Lyla Michaels, when he’s needed for a mission. As executive producer Andrew Kreisberg notes, Diggle is the main connection to Waller and the squad within Arrow.
Dig was our way into Amanda Waller, and in this episode, Amanda comes to Dig and Lyla, and she recruits Dig for a mission, and tells him he’s going to need a team — and she saddles him with the Suicide Squad.
Although the Suicide Squad has existed since the Silver Age of comics, the modern interpretations that their cue from the group that was introduced by John Ostrander in 1987’s Legends #3. The modern Squad is primarily a team on incarcerated super villains who perform dangerous black-ops missions for the United States government in exchange for reduced prison sentences. Bronze Tiger was the first villain seen to be recruited in the episode “Tremors. Shrapnel’s only other appearance was in the episode “Blast Radius” while Deadshot has been a thorn in Diggle’s (and Oliver’s) side since season 1.
I’m not too surprised by the lineup. Bronze Tiger was confirmed, and if Deadshot hadn’t joined I might have stopped watch Arrow altogether…well, not really, but I would have been really pissed. Although I wasn’t originally aware Shrapnel was a member in the comics, I figured he would join since they needed more than just two members. Obviously Diggle and Lyla are temporary members, although now I fear for Lyla’s safety. She and Diggle in the same room with Deadshot and in a group called the Suicide Squad? That’s one hell of a jinx.
With the Squad’s notoriety in the comics, this probably won’t be its only appearance. The Squad also present an opportunity for crossovers with The Flash. One notorious member of the Squad in the comics is Captain Boomerang, a persistent Flash foe. If The Flash gets ordered to series (which it most likely will) and if the producers are smart, Boomerang will be introduced during the series. After one of his captures, I expect he’ll be visited by a certain high-heel wearing A.R.G.U.S. director who has a proposition for him…to join the Squad. Not…did you think I?…oh, never mind.
SOURCE: Comic Book Resources
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