Meet The Suicide Squad: Colonel Rick Flag

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Played by: Joel Kinnaman
Speciality: Strategic Command

“Flag is the highest-level operator working for the government,” explains Kinnaman. “He’s had lots of friends die and has killed many, many people.” Tough, then, but tough enough to babysit the Suicide Squad? “Deadshot gives him the most problems. Harley is easily distracted, but up for following orders if it means destroying things...”

Origins: As with so many comic book characters, there are different incarnations of Flag. The name Rick Flag has been used by three generations, all of them military men, and all linked in some way to a version of Task Force X. The main Flag is described as a former fighter pilot whose brush with death and tragedy – in his case, his entire unit being wiped out – pushed him towards an early attempt at the squad that fared little better. He agreed to lead the squad overseen by Waller and chafed at having to work alongside villains, balking at any idea that he and Deadshot might be similar. Expect comparable conflict in the film, while the presence of Corina Calderon playing a character called Grace points to the potential inclusion of the love of Rick’s life, Karin Grace.

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