Top 10: Young Justice’s Suicide Squad by Jerry Whitworth
Since the announcement of Young Justice returning for a third season, no further news has emerged about the series. However, given the finale of the second season Invasion, undoubtedly the New Gods of Apokolips and Supertown will be involved. Chances are also quite good that a third season could see the arrival of the Suicide Squad to the show. Since the first season, elements of the Squad have been teased with the location of Belle Reve Penitentiary a focal point of the series (housing supervillains and acting as a cover for the Light under Hugo Strange) with Amanda Waller (den mother of the Suicide Squad in the comics) as its warden until she was ousted by the Light. Further, in the second season finale, Lex Luthor would appear to begin assuming a position as a politician which itself could tease his ascension as President of the United States as he had in the comics. As POTUS, Luthor formed an alliance with Apokolips against the malevolent Imperiex and employed the Suicide Squad to free Doomsday for use against the grave threat. The Squad itself has a reoccurring history with Apokolips going back to its roots as a Dirty Dozen-inspired team of villains. This spin on the group emerged in Legends where they were activated to counter Brimstone, a creature spawned by Darkseid. Soon after, the Female Furies would liberate Glorious Godfrey from Belle Reve leading the Squad to recruit an injured Fury in Lashina. Eventually, Lashina would lead the team to Apokolips itself. Taking these things and more (like the group’s popularity on Arrow, animated film set in the Arkhamverse, and its recent live action feature film) into consideration, lets see what characters could emerge in the Suicide Squad in Young Justice under its field leader Rick Flag.
Psychiatrist Harleen Quinzel fell madly in love with her patient the Joker at Arkham Asylum and would abandon her life as a doctor to become his moll Harley Quinn. Decked out in a full body harlequin outfit of red and black, Quinn employed gymnastic abilities she developed earlier in life and adopted a variety of gag weapons like an oversized mallet and trick pistols (firing spring-loaded boxing gloves, giant strung corks, and bang flags which sometimes discharged as a bolt). The Joker often employed the seemingly dim-witted Quinn as a decoy or patsy. However, Quinn had a knack for either botching her love’s plans or would otherwise absorb the punishment for when they failed. In truth, this may have been more in line with Quinn’s attitude toward larceny and opposition to authority rather than the Joker’s desire for wanton death and devastation. Such could have also been her way of acting out in an obviously toxic relationship given Joker’s mental and physical abuse of Quinn. Along the way, Quinn developed a profound relationship with fellow femme fatale villainess Poison Ivy whom largely became Quinn’s oasis from the Joker. Quinn’s emergence in the Suicide Squad is a fairly recent development but given her rise to popularity due largely to the feature film, she’s all but synonymous with the group now. As Harley Quinn’s image today puts her in the company of Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Batgirl, and Catwoman among female DC characters in terms of visibility and recognition, it would make a great deal of sense to include her in the Young Justice Suicide Squad.
First appearing in the first season Young Justice episode “Drop-Zone,” Bane ruled the island nation of Santa Prisca where he mass-produced the drug Venom, a strength-enhancing aid he himself frequently employed. The Light, via the Cult of Kobra, would takeover his island to develop a new drug similar to Venom but more powerful and permanent called Kobra-Venom. The Team shut the operation down and brought Bane to justice only for the villain to align with the Light offering his island for their use. Yet again, the Team would bring Bane to justice. In the comics, Bane would join the Suicide Squad when Amanda Waller was tasked with capturing all of Earth’s villains and marooning them on the alien world Cygnus 4019 (unaware it was a training planet for Apokolips’ soldiers). When it appeared all villains were moved off-world, Waller had villainous members of the Squad also abandoned to the alien planet including Bane and Deadshot. During his time on the Squad, Bane developed a mutual respect for Deadshot which continued on Cygnus 4019 and beyond. Returning to Earth, Deadshot would bring Bane into his mercenary group the Secret Six where he also developed a mutual respect for Catman (all three Batman villains and all three so-called anti-Batmen) and developed a fatherly affection for the group’s leader Scandal Savage.
Artist June Moon became the host to a powerful witch called the Enchantress that employed her body to combat an ancient threat. However, while Moon’s other self fought various malicious foes for a time, the Enchantress began seeking great magical power before being stopped by Supergirl. Following this, the entity simply wanted complete control over Moon in order to take over the world, joining like-minded supervillains in this effort only to fall short due to Superman and the Forgotten Heroes (including Rick Flag). The Enchantress was subsequently recruited into the newly formed Dirty Dozen-inspired Suicide Squad where Moon tried to steer her towards accomplishing missions while Deadshot was used as a stopgap to eliminate her should she become a liability. Eventually, Moon and the Enchantress would be separated for several years until being reunited where Moon joined the super hero group Shadowpact. Following DC Rebirth, a new Enchantress emerged in the Suicide Squad as the character was the primary antagonist of the live action Suicide Squad film.