'The Suicide Squad': Who Are the Supervillains That Appear in the DC Film?

With 15 supervillains appearing in The Suicide Squad, and 12 of them being new characters, fans can't be blamed if they don't know them all.

James Gunn deliberately chose lesser known supervillains for his reboot of the DC flick, preferring to give smaller characters a chance on screen.

Bloodsport, Peacemaker, King Shark, the Thinker, Savant, Javelin, Weasel, Ratcatcher II, Blackguard, TDK, Mongal and Polka-Dot Man all make their debut on the silver screen alongside Harley Quinn, Rick Flag and Captain Boomerang.

The director has admitted that he chose some of the characters at "random" because DC has so many great villains to choose from.

In an interview with DC Comics, he said: "The DC Universe is just such an incredibly rich trove of characters and to be able to choose was very difficult."

He added: "I still can't remember why I chose Javelin. I think I just thought it was so stupid that his weapon was a javelin. He seemed so useless!"

But Newsweek can reveal all you need to know about the new characters in the colorful squad Gunn has put together.

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David Dastmalchian, John Cena, Idris Elba and Daniela Melchior in "The Suicide Squad." Warner Bros

Bloodsport

Played by: Idris Elba

Powers: Robert DuBois, aka Bloodsport, has no superhuman abilities of his own, but he is an excellent marksman and fighter and he shot Superman with a bullet made of Kryptonite.

Origins: Bloodsport first appeared in Superman Vol. 2 #4in 1987 as an adversary to the Man of Steel.

Originally created by writer and artist John Byrne and artist Karl Kesel, DuBois was a Vietnam draft dodger who went insane after his brother lost his arms and legs in the war.

He was employed by Lex Luthor and psychologically conditioned to hate Superman and to want to kill him, and he clashed with the Superhero multiple times.

Bloodsport has had three incarnations in DC Comics: DuBois, Alexander Trent, and Bloodsport III, and there was also a female version of the character known as Demolitia.

Ratcatcher 2

Played by: Daniela Melchior

Powers: Rat manipulation that allows her to tame and control rats, and mind control which she uses on rats to make them do her bidding.

Origins: Ratcatcher 2 is actually a new supervillain, but her father Ratcatcher is a character in the DC Comics Universe.

Otis Flannegan, aka Ratcatcher, made his debut in Detective Comics #585, and he was originally a rat-catcher in the Gotham City Sanitation Department.

He developed his villain alter-ego while in jail after being imprisoned for stabbing and killing a man in a street fight.

Ratcatcher had a number of encounters with Batman, who helped bring him in to the authorities when he escaped prison.

Peacemaker

Played by: John Cena

Powers: Much like Bloodsport, while Peacemaker doesn't have any superhuman abilities he is an excellent fighter both with and without weapons.

Origins: Christopher Smith, aka Peacemaker, was originally a character in Charlton Comics, and first appeared in the comic Fightin' 5 in 1966.

The character was acquired by DC Comics following the closure of Charlton Comics, and Peacemaker was given his own mini-series, which was published from January to April 1988.

King Shark

Played by: Sylvester Stallone

Powers: The humanoid shark has a number of abilities including superhuman strength, speed, stamina, durability, and invulnerability, as well as sharp claws and shark-like teeth.

Origins: Nanaue, aka King Shark, is an adversary of Aquaman, who first appeared in Superboy #0 and Superboy #9 in 1994.

The character was created by Karl Kesel, and he has fought with Superboy and Aquaman on a number of occasions in the DC Comics.

He has been a part of the Suicide Squad, the Legion of Villains, and the Secret Society of Super Villains.

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Polka-Dot Man, King Shark, Peacemaker, The Thinker, Savant, Bloodsport, and Ratcatcher 2 in The Suicide Squad

Polka-Dot Man

Played by: David Dastmalchian

Powers: Polka-Dot Man is able to manipulate the polka-dots on his costume into a variety of weapons and devices.

Origins: Abner Krill, aka Polka-Dot Man was a minor adversary to Batman who first appeared in the Detective Comics #300 in 1962.

He has not had many appearances in the DC Comics Universe, but has fought Batman and Robin and the Caped Crusader defeated him.

Polka-Dot Man, who was first dubbed Mister Polka-Dot, died in a battle while working with General Immortus.

The character also appeared in Injustice 2 as a member of the Suicide Squad, but was killed when the bomb implanted in his neck was detonated because he was seen as "too useless."

The Thinker

Played by: Peter Capaldi

Powers: Telekinesis and mind control.

Origins: The Thinker first appeared in 1943 comic All-Flash #12 as Clifford DeVoe, one of four characters to take the supervillain moniker in the universe.

Cliff Carmichael was an alternate version of The Thinker who made his debut in Firestorm #11 in 1978, and was a member of the Suicide Squad.

A third iteration of the character, Des Conner, was an adversary to Batman who worked alongside hypnotist Marlon Dall.

An unnamed version of The Thinker made his debut in The New 52, and he was a part of the Crime Syndicate of America.

Savant

Played by: Michael Rooker

Powers: Savant is a vigilante known for his genius intellect, and he is also a master martial artist and is multilingual.

Origins: Savant first appeared in Birds of Prey #56 in 2003, and he became Batman's enemy after the Caped Crusader discouraged him from being a self-styled vigilante.

After several hostile encounters with them, the character became a part of the Birds of Prey, working as technical staff.

But, Savant was reintroduced as a member of the Suicide Squad in The New 52.

Weasel

Played by: Sean Gunn

Powers: Good agility and excellent in hand-to-hand combat.

Origins: While Weasel is a literal humanoid version of the animal he's named after in The Suicide Squad, Weasel was originally a man in a costume.

John Monroe is the first iteration of the character, who debuted in 1985's The Fury of Firestorm #35, and he was a university professor who killed a number of his students.

He was recruited into the Suicide Squad after being incarcerated for murder, but he was killed by Rick Flag Jr. on his first mission.

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Task Force X in "The Suicide Squad" production still Warner Bros

Mongal

Played by: Mayling Ng

Powers: Superhuman strength, durability, stamina, speed, and agility. She also has energy projection powers.

Origins: Mongal is an alien who is the daughter of Mongul the Elder and was born on Debstam IV, she first appeared in Showcase '95 #8 in 1995.

The character has fought with Superman alongside her twin brother Mongul the Younger, and she became an alien warlord.

Mongal was killed by her own brother in Green Lantern Vol. 4 #8 in 2006.

Blackguard

Played by: Pete Davidson

Powers: Energy manipulation, strength and skilled with a mace.

Origins: Richard Hertz, aka Blackguard, first appeared Booster Gold Vol. 1 in 1986 as an adversary to superhero Booster Gold.

The character was hired and outfitted in armor by The 1,000, who he later tried to betray after being defeated by Booster Gold.

Blackguard was recruited into the Suicide Squad, but was killed by a member of the team when they staged a mutiny.

T.D.K

Played by: Nathan Fillion

Powers: The ability to detach his own arms and control them through telekinesis.

Origins: T.D.K, aka The Detachable Kid, first appeared in Secret Origins Vol. 2 #46 in 1989 as a reject of the Legion of Super-heroes.

The character also made a brief appearance in Zero Hour: Crisis in Time, a limited series that was published in 1994.

T.D.K was never a member of the Suicide Squad in the DC Comics Universe.

Javelin

Played by: Flula Borg

Powers: Javelin thrower, excellent in hand-to-hand combat.

Origins: Javelin is a member of the Suicide Squad who was an adversary of The Green Lantern.

He first appeared in Green Lantern Vol. 2 #173 in 1984, and he is an Olympic athlete who became a criminal for unknown reasons.

After his first encounter with Green Lantern, Javelin became a member of the Suicide Squad and went on a number of missions, the last of which saw him being left for dead after being hit by a car.