The Suicide Squad: Who Will Die and Who Will Survive

The release of The Suicide Squad is less than a month away and while we don’t know any more spoilers than your average fan of superhero movies, there’s a good chance James Gunn’s reimagining of the property is going to do at least one thing better than its 2016 predecessor: It will live up to its name.

In spite of a long list of DC Comics characters — some of whom already appeared in DC’s other adaptations — Gunn made it clear last October that no one in his Task Force X is safe, including Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn. He also described the movie as a “war caper,” a cinema sub-genre known for its high body counts.

So, based on the details we do have about the film, here’s who we’re betting will — and won’t — survive the events of The Suicide Squad.

Javelin: Dead Man Walking

Get the coffin ready. He’s done.

No matter how accurate individual guesses prove to be, it’s a fair bet that the majority of Task Force X will be snuffed. And more than any other character in the film, Javelin seems destined for death. He’s marked. He’s cursed. He’s a corpse dressed like a dessert.

And no, it has nothing to do with his ridiculous outfit or his lame “power” (he has a long stick).

From what we’ve seen in the trailers, there appear to be two teams in this version of Task Force X. What we’ll call “Team 1” is the larger group, of which Harley Quinn is a member. Team 2 is led by Bloodsport (Idris Elba). One of the only members of Team 1 we see on the same screen as Team 2 in the trailers is Harley Quinn. Not only does this imply Harley may be one of the only survivors of Team 1, but in the trailers she’s armed with Javelin’s namesake — something he probably wouldn’t abide if he were alive.

Captain Boomerang: 50/50

There’s a decent chance Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney) will be cracking open beers in the afterlife before the end of The Suicide Squad. He’s part of the (likely doomed) Team 1 roster, and as one of the few returning supervillains from 2016’s Suicide Squad, his death would have more impact than the mostly-new D-List bad guys on the team.

However, he’s got a better chance at making it out than most of Team 1. In both the material and The Suicide Squad‘s predecessor film, Boomerang is one of the most treacherous members of Task Force X and is more than willing to throw his teammates under the bus for his own benefit. If he can find a way to bypass the explosive restraints used by Amanda Waller (Viola Davis), he’ll run for the hills before the badder bad guys can get him. He might even cut a deal to help them.

Savant: Don’t fall in love with him

The trailers make it clear that Savant (Michael Rooker) is no one to be trifled with. They also strongly suggest his time in the film is brief. In what is almost certainly the final battle between Task Force X and the Godzilla-sized, starfish-like creature Starro, Savant is nowhere to be found. He may be good at knowing where bouncy balls go, but that doesn’t mean he’s going to live to see his own solo franchise.

King Shark: He better survive

King Shark is a fun character, and it doesn’t seem to matter how differently he’s portrayed in various media. He’s the official tech support for the villain team of the Harley Quinn animated series, and he comes off like a tenured professor in the trailer for the upcoming Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League game, but judging by the trailers for The Suicide Squad, the DCEU version of King Shark makes Game of Thrones‘ Hodor look like a gifted conversationalist.

And we’re not alone in hoping he survives the film. When the first trailer dropped, fans took to Twitter, making half-joking pledges about what they’d do if the shark god doesn’t survive. There’s a good chance he’ll make it, but a similar hero-of-few-words bit the dust at the end of Guardians of the Galaxy, so I won’t trust Gunn on this one until I see it.

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