Why Is The Suicide Squad Famous Now?

The Suicide Squad’s first official trailer sees Savant refer to Task Force X as famous — here’s a breakdown of the likely extent of that statement.

The first trailer for The Suicide Squad featured a line referring to the titular team as famous — here’s what that likely meant and why it probably wasn’t as substantial as it implied. Taking the torch from David Ayer, the combination sequel/soft reboot saw James Gunn assume the director’s chair. Blending his gory, Troma sensibilities and the Guardians of the Galaxy‘s heartfelt quirkiness, the installment promised to be like nothing seen before in DCEU movies.

The cast was previously confirmed to be a mix of returning faces and new characters. The former included Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn and Joel Kinnaman’s Rick Flag. The latter, meanwhile, included Idris Elba’s Bloodsport and John Cena’s Peacemaker — who has already confirmed for an HBO Max spin-off. After a wait that felt 84 years long, the first official trailer for The Suicide Squad was released on March 26, 2021. The footage illuminated the movie’s top-secret plot and confirmed the Kaiju monster-style villain: Starro. Equally, it teased how far Task Force X has come as a team since they were last seen in action.

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New to the team, the trailer depicted Savant (Michael Rooker) going through the induction process. Arriving at an airstrip alongside Rick Flag, Savant remarked: “So this is the famous Suicide Squad.” The line served to provoke questions as to how well-known the team has become in the interim years. It’s certainly possible that the team has achieved a level of recognizable fame. After all, in 2016’s Suicide Squad, the team openly halted the machinations of Enchantress and Incubus — essentially saving Midway City and the world itself. The heroes of the Suicide Squad probably wouldn’t be as much a household name as the Justice League. Still, there may have been enough witnesses for their efforts to somewhat known to the general public.

However, Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) would no doubt have used her resources to sweep everything under the rug. That’d be especially true in the case of their last on-screen mission. After all, Waller was partially responsible for the world-ending threat that emerged — merely using Task Force X to clean up her mess. Equally, as the name would suggest, the team was very much a black books operation known only to certain government figures. Though people such as Batman (Ben Affleck) learned of it, the program was very much top-secret. Therefore, one way or another, any witnesses and leaks would have been dealt with.

Given all of that, the extent of Task Force X’s fame likely spread via word of mouth within the walls of Belle Reve prison. Equally, Harley Quinn was free and fully emancipated in Birds of Prey. Hardly one to keep quiet about her exploits, she probably recounted her adventure to anybody who would listen. As such, word of the program and the team itself likely traveled even faster within criminal circles. It no doubt became something to either fear or be actively sought out in order to shorten one’s sentence. However, the Suicide Squad was probably confined to said circles. And, in terms of the public, deemed the stuff of mythic conspiracy at best.

An additional factor would be that The Suicide Squad‘s Savant is a genius-level hacker. Therefore, he and others of similar skill could’ve learned of and followed the program with avid interest. After all, it would appear that Task Force X has undertaken several missions in the years since they were last seen. Tales of the shadowy adventures may have been viewed and exchanged in underground internet circles. Like the comics, Savant might have even sought out joining in order to offset his boredom and experience dangerous thrills. Whatever the case, there’s no doubt that the team’s fame is very limited — with Savant’s line probably stemming from one of the above or even a combination of them all. As such, should anybody make it out of The Suicide Squad alive, they definitely shouldn’t expect a public parade.

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