– by Joseph Jammer Medina

With its latest issue featuring an in-depth preview of DC’s upcoming Suicide Squad film, Empire has unleashed a ton of fresh material for the net to devour. From new photos to comments from Cara Delevingne about her mysterious character, Enchantress, fans hungry for details about the film have plenty to savor. But now there’s news to report that is surprisingly spoiler-heavy.


While there’s been plenty of speculation about who the main villain will be, director David Ayer and Viola Davis may have just spoiled one of the movie’s big twists and revealed who Task Force X may ultimately be targeting by the film’s end. Some have speculated that Delevingne’s Enchantress will turn out to be the Big Bad. Hell, I’ve even wondered if they’d find a way to make Batman the villain since, from the perspective of actual bad guys, the man trying to stop them would be the perfect foil and be an interesting twist on things, Ayer and Davis reveal that the threat may be…Amanda Waller– the very character that brought them all together.

She’s relentless in her villainy,” Davis tells Empire. “When you look at her, there’s nothing that seems dangerous. Her only power is her intelligence and her complete lack of guilt. I read a great book called Confessions of a Sociopath, which was frightening but very helpful…” One example of her treacherous control of the group, apparently, is that she injects “nanobombs” into all of their necks to make sure that they all behave the way she wants out of fear that she’ll literally blow their heads off.

Ayer adds further insight into the decision of who will be the main antagonist of the piece. He says that with Suicide Squad, he wanted to explore the idea of Bad vs Really Bad instead of the usual Good vs Bad. “F**k good versus bad,” the writer-director says. “Bad versus evil is a lot more interesting.” And then, seemingly confirming the idea that Waller will be revealed to be the main villain, he adds, “And Amanda Waller is the worst there is.

I suppose it should come as no surprise that they’d just toss this twist out there, considering how the film’s shoot itself was so wide open that an insane amount of photos and video from its Toronto shoot flooded the net earlier this year. It was those “leaked” images that revealed Batman’s involvement in the film, gave us our first footage of Jared Leto’s Joker in action, and unveiled a key action sequence. So, clearly, Ayer doesn’t much care for a J.J. Abrams-style “Mystery Box” approach to filmmaking. 

The “reveal” of Waller as the bad guy would’ve, traditionally, been kept as a surprise. She assembles the team, sends them on a mission, and then- once it’s completed- the team of unlikely allies finds out that there’s something far more sinister at play, which would then turn their attention back to the person who sent them on the mission. It’s a fairly classic trope at this point, so it’s likely they think it’s sort of obvious that Waller would be the main baddie, but I’m just surprised that they’re talking about it almost a year before the film’s release.

SOURCE: Comic Book Movie (via Empire Magazine)

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.