Suicide Squad, next summer’s tentpole supervillain movie, is marked for a darker path than its spiritual cousin The Avengers. What, did the word “suicide” give it away? Or was it the bleak-and-scuzzy trailer, awash in dark lighting and copious snarling? Everything about it signifies that This Is Hardcore, Guys. Because of that, there will be no cases of “just kidding, Phil Coulson isn’t really dead!” There’s no way all these scoundrels are making it out alive. And although details are sparse at the moment, we can still predict who will survive and who will be canon fodder.
Deadshot, the nefarious assassin played by Will Smith, is played by Will Smith. You can bet your ass he’s going to get a spinoff or five. With rumors already abounding of crossovers and cameos for the character, the verdict is sound. We’ll see him in the sequel.
Just look at Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney)’s face on the far right. That is not a face of a guy who is making it to the end of the movie. Coupled with his [racist and sexist nature](http://dc.wikia.com/wiki/GeorgeHarkness(New_Earth) you can bet he’ll suicide long before the end.
On the one hand, Cara Delevingne is famous and popular and they’ll probably want to hold onto her. On the other hand, the Enchantress is very obviously going to be the villain, because she’s in none of the group mission pictures and because just look at her Girl-From-The Ring mien. There’s very little chance she’ll make it to the end.
The green rocky-treelike guy with inevitably few lines will definitely make it to the end, right? Right? The verdict: this guy is there for the dramatic image he presents. He’s toast.
Katana (the short one in the mask) is a mysterious warrior who is less evil than the other characters. She is also going to be Rick Flagg’s bodyguard presumably to prevent this band of miscreants from turning on its leader. The fact that she’s not evil, coupled with her bodyguard status, makes her deader than dead. She will die dramatically to save Flagg, and it will be emotional or maybe not. Either way, she doesn’t have a snowflake’s chance in hell. As a goodie in a movie of baddies, she practically is a snowflake in hell.
This one is barely a question, of course they’re not going to bother creating a new Joker and giving him a snazzy new car only to keep him around for one movie. He’s here to stay, at least for a while.
Considering the fact that El Diablo is suspiciously absent from that latest photo David Ayer released, we’re going to go out on a limb and declare him not just dead, but the very first casualty.
He’s total canon fodder. Adios, Diablo. It was nice to sort of know you while confusing you with the other two vaguely muscular white guys.
Rick Flagg is the one true wildcard. On one hand, he’s the squad leader, the plot supplier, and he was originally supposed to be played by Tom Hardy. That might indicate he’s too big and important to kill off. On the other hand, that means his death would be the one with the most gravity and emotional impact — and if this movie really wants to be as hardcore as its presenting itself as, what’s more hardcore than killing off the main guy? That’s some Game of Thrones shit. Coin flip.
Harley is also in line for the Spinoff Machine — and if she isn’t, that’s bullshit because she needs her own movie. Regardless, she won’t be going anywhere for a long time to come.
For those who weren’t keeping track, that brings our total death total to five and a half out of nine. That’s our squad goal until the movie drops in August, and we’re sticking to it.
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