10 Suicide Squad Easter Eggs You Might Have Missed
From Justice League cameos to the Joker's baby wardrobe.
BY Hugh Armitage | Aug 8, 2016 | Film & TV
Suicide Squad is finally here, and what would a superhero movie be without a bunch of Easter eggs, cameos and sneaky references?
Warner Bros are three films into their new DC Extended Universe project, and here are the nods to the rich history of Batman and Superman's world that you may have missed.
Warning: Contains spoilers for Suicide Squad.
1 | Deadshot's origin
Assassin Floyd Lawton (Will Smith) originated as a Batman villain all the way back in the '50s, so it stands to reason that the Dark Knight should take him in at the beginning of the movie.
He was later revealed to have a daughter who—as in the film—is called Zoe. Her mother was a prostitute, as is heavily implied in the movie, and Deadshot shows her a tender side that he rarely does towards anyone else.
2 | Harley's classic costume
Harleen Quinzell's transformation from Arkham Asylum psychiatrist to deranged psychopath sticks closely to her classic origin story.
We also see a few glimpses of her in her original harlequin outfit. It's in the trunk given when the team is formed, and we also see her dancing with the Joker in a flashback that is a direct reference to the above Alex Ross painting for the cover of the Batman: Harley Quinn comic.
3 | Agent of ARGUS
Among his vital statistics, Joel Kinnaman's Rick Flag is listed as having worked for ARGUS.
The Advanced Research Group Uniting Super-Humans (or alternatively Advanced Research Group United Support) is a somewhat-shady government organisation of metahumans and soldiers tasked with working alongside the Justice League.
Their membership is less criminally oriented than the Suicide Squad, but with none other than Amanda Waller as their director, you can bet that they've been involved in some morally suspect dealings.
4 | The Flash's cameo
As previously teased, the Flash (Ezra Miller) also gets a very brief cameo in Suicide Squad, interrupting his long-time enemy Captain Boomerang's attempted jewel heist.
5 | El Diablo's pacifism
The firestarting Chato Santana (Jay Hernandez) turned himself over to the police in the comics too, although in this case it was after accidentally killing innocent people in a burning tenement rather than his own family.
6 | A nod to the writer
The Midway City skyscraper that the team are sent to infiltrate is named the John F Ostrander Federal Building.
Ostrander is the writer who created the modern and best-known incarnation of the Suicide Squad, and the one around which the movie is based.
7 | Ace Chemical bath
The vat of toxic goo that Harley Quinn and the Joker take a dive into is labelled Ace Chemicals.
The same company is the owner of the factory (alternately called Ace Chemical) to where the Joker traces his origin in Alan Moore and Brian Bolland's classic comic, Batman: The Killing Joke. Of course, the Joker has told many different origin stories in his time, so we really don't which one to believe.
8 | Joker's baby
Panning out from the now-familiar sequence where the Joker lies laughing in a circle of knives, we can see that there are more than weapons in the elaborate pattern.
We counted champagne, roses, playing cards and... a set of baby grows? Could the Joker somehow share Harley's vision of playing happy families? Is this a hint that a Joker Jr is on the way? Or something much more sinister...
In the comics based in the alternate Injustice: Gods Among Us videogame timeline, Harley does actually have a child with the Joker—a daughter called Lucy.
9 | World War III
"It's World War III," says Amanda Waller to Rick Flag at the height of the film's action.
There have actually been two 'World War III' storylines in DC Comics, so she may be in luck, there. One saw the Justice League battle an ancient and unstoppable living weapon.
The second occurred when the superhuman Black Adam (who will be played by Dwayne Johnson in the upcoming Shazam movie) went on the rampage after the murder of his family.
10 | The Golden Tree
This last one is so obscure that it could just be a coincidence. The bar in which the squad pauses before their attack on the Enchantress is called the Golden Tree.
That is also the name of a powerful and mysterious organisation in DC's alternate 'First Wave' universe, which is the home of pulp heroes like Doc Savage, the Spirit and... er... Batman (because you always need a Batman).
There actually is a Doc Savage film in the works starring Dwayne Johnson, although it's happening at Sony rather than Warner Bros, so that probably isn't what they were referencing.
From: Digital Spy UK .