Aka: June Moone
Played by: Cara Delevingne
If you recently stayed at a Toronto hotel and decided to hit the spa, there’s a chance you’ve already met Suicide Squad's Enchantress. And if so, it was likely an encounter that sent you running back to your room, screaming.
“I decided that her domain was a warm, steamy lair,” explains Cara Delevingne, “so I spent a lot of time in the hotel steam room. Occasionally someone’s come in and I’ve just been on the floor in the corner, crawling around and doing creepy shit. I go, ‘Sorry, bit weird!’ But I’ve freaked out a few people, that’s for sure.”
Eerie, unearthly, colossally powerful and adorned with nifty crescent-moon headpiece, Enchantress is not a member of the Suicide Squad. The character, who made her comic-book debut in 1966 under the excellent billing ‘The Switcheroo Witcheroo’, is actually the alter ego of timid regular gal June Moone.“ June is an adventure-seeker who’s always wanted some excitement,” explains Delevingne. “And she gets what she wished for, but in a terrible way. At the start of the movie she discovers a cave and finds something within.”
In the comics, Enchantress has been both a hero and a villain. It’s unclear which she’ll be in this movie. Her powers will draw the attention of Amanda Waller, but one thing’s for sure: no-one can truly control her. “She’s an ancient sorceress,” Delevingne says. “A feral being. She’s been trapped for so long and now she’s finally let out.”
During her four hours in the make-up chair each day, the actress had plenty of time to access her own inner Switcheroo Witcheroo. “I’d gather the accent, which is deeper and posher than June’s. And I’d blast Nick Cave’s Red Right Hand, that song about the devil. Also a lot of Megadeth. Just evil stuff.”
Origins: Enchantress has had a couple of different variations through the years. First created by Bob Haney and Howard Purcell for National Comics (which became DC) in 1966, she appeared in Strange Adventures. As freelance artist June Moore, she’s initially a heroic character empowered by a magical being called Dzamor (bless you) to battle evil creatures. But when she later returns to comics, she’s become misguided, and an enemy for Supergirl, among others. She’s recruited into Task Force X in an attempt to curb her villainous side but her very first mission unleashes it full force. She learns that the Enchantress side is a separate evil entity controlling her and takes measures to eliminate it. Her powers include healing, teleportation and the ability to affect any non-living object with her magic. She can also walk through walls, which seems a little redundant, given the whole teleportation thing.
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