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Mad, bad and dangerous to know: we rank the evil members of the Suicide Squad

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Bit bored of all these morally upstanding, righteous superheroes? Then you'll want to align yourself with the wonderfully demented, utterly deranged ensemble of Suicide Squad, the first comic book movie to have classic supervillains as its central characters.

Starring Will Smith, Jared Leto and Margot Robbie, the movie is released on 5th August and takes place in a dark world where people just love to be bad. So we've delved a little deeper and ranked the members of Suicide Squad on a scale from mildly odd to utterly crazy...

The Joker

Played by: Jared Leto

How crazy? Off the chain

The lowdown: The clown prince of crime's connection to the Suicide Squad members remains to be seen, given they're busted out of prison for nefarious government purposes whilst, judging from the trailers at least, he already seems to be on the loose. In the original comic the Joker was in a deeply twisted relationship with Harley Quinn (Robbie), but it's currently unclear whether this will be carried over.

Nevertheless, with his cackling visage, tattoos and characteristic green hair, he's stolen the show in all of the trailers and promotional material. And Dallas Buyers Club Oscar winner Leto is set to turn the role inside out, distinguishing it from Heath Ledger's extraordinary tour-de-force in The Dark Knight.

"The hairs stand up on the back of your neck," director David Ayer raves about Leto in an interview with USA Today. "If you’re a Batman fan, you have to love/hate the Joker because he’s the best nemesis ever. Just to have him on one of my film sets, it was a very memorable thing for me."

Deadshot

Played by: Will Smith

How crazy? He's troubled, certainly

The lowdown: A crack marksman with a seriously cool laser vision helmet, Deadshot is beyond efficient when it comes to killing people. In the comics he was Batman's arch-nemesis, and with his complete disregard for human life made for a popular antagonist with fans.

Given that he's played in the movie by seriously likeable Independence Day star Smith (in a rare baddie performance), we imagine that the character's brutal edges will be tempered somewhat by a nice dose of dark humour. We got a hint of this in the trailer when Deadshot, upon seeing the assembled members of the Suicide Squad, quips: "What's this, cheerleading trials?"

Smith has signed to play Deadshot in several movies after Suicide Squad and had the following to say about the character: "I guess I like the concept of dubious morals. I always liked to play in that area. With Suicide Squad, we just started on that. I think I haven't explored the psychology enough of Deadshot, somebody who could take money to kill people; how he justifies that for himself."

Harley Quinn

Played by: Margot Robbie

How crazy? Well, she hears voices – so she's pretty nuts

The lowdown: In an inspired bit of casting, The Wolf of Wall Street actress Robbie already looks to have captured Harley Quinn's kooky yet deadly persona. With her juggler's outfit, schoolgirl haircut and deceptively sunny smile, she's the dark horse in the Suicide Squad line-up, seemingly the most vulnerable but in fact one of the most unhinged out of them all. Not only does she wield a mean baseball bat, she also hears voices within her head that guide her towards deranged actions.

Quinn is one of the most popular characters in the original Suicide Squad comics and at last year's Comic Con, Robbie sent the crowd into a virtual meltdown. The Harley Quinn costume has already become a Halloween staple well in advance of the movie's release date and the actress is promising something truly special.

"Harley is creepy, violent, crazy - all of the things that I aspire to be," she jokes. "No. It’s the fun of living vicariously through someone who is doing things that I would never do in real life."

Rick Flag

Played by: Joel Kinnaman

How crazy? Probably the most 'sane' of them all

The lowdown: The leader of the Suicide Squad (at least in the movie), Flag is the one responsible for getting the gang together for their diabolical mission – whatever that is; after all, the exact nature of it remains murky at this stage. So you might assume that with his powers of leadership, Flag is the most balanced of them all – but don't forget, this is all relative, and he's still a supervillain.

The character was originally going to be played by Tom Hardy but the actor was compelled to drop out due to reshoots on The Revenant. Flag will instead be played by The Killing and Robocop's Joel Kinnaman, himself something of a specialist in intense, dangerous portrayals. 

Kinnaman tells Collider: "You know, I think you’re always afraid when you go into like a big superhero movie that it’s gonna be kinda just action and you’re not gonna be able to just really go to the bottom of the characters, but I think he’s gonna be able to do both."

Enchantress

Played by: Cara Delevingne

How crazy? Well, she's barely human for a start...

The lowdown: No, she hasn't just staggered back in after a heavy night on the tiles. Enchantress is a possessed woman as played by British actress and model Delevingne. 

Few details have been disclosed about her role in the movie but Enchantress was a complex character in the comics. In the comics, the character starts to lose control of her Enchantress powers, and as a result, causes the team to lose a vital mission. It's decided that should she lose control of her powers completely, teammate Deadshot would be forced to kill her for the betterment of the squad.

Whether director David Ayer will feature this storyline remains to be seen. Watch this space...

Diablo

Played by: Jay Hernandez

How crazy? Pretty crazy – after all he can set himself on fire

The lowdown: As played by Hostel actor Hernandez, this character is one of the Squad's most hot-tempered members – in every sense of the word. Not only can he self-combust on command, his fiery abilities also pose a dangerous threat to those who oppose him.

Formerly a Los Angeles gang member known as Chato Santana, Diablo is in fact different from the majority of his Squad cohorts – because he actively looks to avoid conflict. In the words of Hernandez, he "just wants to stay out of the fight", while "most of [the Squad members] are happy to get out there and kill people."

So it turns out there are certain characters with moral boundaries after all...

Boomerang

Played by: Jai Courtenay

How crazy? More like really, really angry to be honest

The lowdown: In the comics, this guy was known as George 'Digger' Harkness and was established as the antagonist to superhero The Flash. Broadly speaking, the character was bold, campy and not especially threatening, but later underwent a second generation revision when Harkness' son Owen Mercer took up his mantle, in the process unleashing a far darker and angrier torrent of rage.

It's unclear how Boomerang will be interpreted by director David Ayer but A Good Day to Die Hard actor Courtenay is certainly brawny enough to pose a physical challenge. Little of him has so far been revealed in the trailers, bar the odd bit of rage-fuelled punching, so the jury's out as to whether Courtenay's interpretation will do Boomerang justice.

Killer Croc

Played by: Adelwale Akinnuoye-Agbaje

How crazy? Well, he's a bit snappy

The lowdown: Well, he's a killer croc. Enough said, surely?

Who do you think is the craziest Suicide Squad member? Send us your thoughts @Cineworld