Comparing a group against an individual character is never easy, but we at Fiction Horizon are a fearless lot and we have already done it before, which is why we actually decided to do it again. In wake of James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad hitting theaters, we have decided to do an analysis to determine whether the Suicide Squad could defeat Superman, DC’s most powerful hero. Want to know the result? Keep reading!
Even with their numbers, the Suicide Squad couldn’t really do much against Superman. He is resistant to practically every type of attack they can launch at him and, at the same time, his endurance is so high that they could not exhaust him by means of physical combat. The only way that the Suicide Squad could defeat Superman is by isolating him from the Sun, the source of his powers, or by using Kryptonite, his only known weakness.
Our comparison is going to be divided into two sections. The first is going to bring an overview of the group and the character in question, after which we are going to bring you a detailed analysis of the two to determine which one would win in a direct clash. These kinds of comparisons are quite peculiar and they demand a different approach, which is why we won’t be analyzing the group members individually, but rather the group as a whole.
The Suicide Squad and its powers
The Suicide Squad is the name of a fictional team of supervillains that appears in comics published by DC Comics. The first version of the Suicide Squad debuted in The Brave and the Bold #25 (1959) and the second modern version, created by John Ostrander, debuted in Legends #3 (1987). The modern incarnation of the Suicide Squad is Task Force X, a team of incarcerated supervillains who go on secret missions in exchange for reduced prison terms. The Suicide Squad’s name alludes to the dangerous nature of its missions. The team is based at Belle Reve Penitentiary under the direction of Amanda Waller.
The Suicide Squad is a group of supervillains hired by the government to carry out missions that were classified as suicide because of their complexity. They were frequently paired with the government agency Checkmate, culminating in the Janus Directive crossover. These villains agreed to take on missions for the Suicide Squad, in exchange for commuting their sentences.
Although the team was successful in most of its missions, there were often failures or the death of one or more members. Non-inmate members such as Nemesis and Nocturna participate in the team as part of individual agreements. To prevent members from escaping into the camp, the prisoners were equipped with an explosive bracelet that detonated at a certain distance from the camp leader, who was typically Rick Flag who carried a remote control to detonate or deactivate the bracelets if desired.
The martial artist named Bronze Tiger acts as a disciplinary measure and later, following the death of Rick Flag, as the team’s field leader. The group is run by Amanda Waller, although she sometimes goes undercover, especially after the Suicide Squad’s existence became public. Eventually, the Suicide Squad breaks away from government control and becomes an independent organization.
The Suicide Squad’s first mission was against their recurring enemies, Jihad. They infiltrate their headquarters and proceed to kill most of the members. This event revealed the death of Mindboggler, the cowardly and treacherous nature of Captain Boomerang, Nocturna’s attraction to Rick Flag Jr., a rivalry between Rustam and Rick, and the defeat of Ravan at the hands of Bronze Tiger.
On Derek Tolliver’s orders, the Suicide Squad is sent to Moscow in order to free the captive Zoya Trigorin, a revolutionary writer. They come face to face with the “People’s Heroes”, a Russian group of metahumans. In the conflict, Trigorin dies and Nemesis (Tom Tresser) is captured. Nemesis eventually escapes thanks to a collaboration between the Suicide Squad and the Justice League International, although the two teams fight each other initially.
This conflict is primarily the result of Batman’s investigation into the Suicide Squad and his confrontation. with Waller. Later, Rick Flag Jr goes after Senator Cray in order to assassinate him. Previously, Senator Cray had blackmailed Amanda Waller; in order to secure his re-election, Cray threatened to expose the Suicide Squad to the public, potentially dangerous to the Squad’s existence and Waller’s career.
In order to stop him, the squad sends Deadshot to confront Flag shortly before he can shoot Cray, but he is too late to prevent the assassination and Tolliver is killed. Rather than disarm or kill Flag, Deadshot opts to kill Cray. In his understanding, he maintains the mission statement: to prevent the murder of Cray at the hands of Flag.
Against Flag Jr.’s intentions, the Suicide Squad exposes itself to the public. As a result of the exposure, Amanda Waller is replaced by a man named Jack Kale, in fact, an actor, working as a cover so Waller can continue to coordinate the squad. Later, though, Waller disbands the Suicide Squad. However, Waller reunites the Squad again at a later point. It is made up of Bolt, Sledge, Killer Frost, and Copperhead who are on a mission to South America. The superheroes Falcon and Paloma (Sasha Martens and Wolverman Wiley) face a new Suicide Squad.
Later, Lex Luthor, organizes another Suicide Squad during his tenure as President of the United States10 so that they can free Doomsday and confront Imperiex. This version of the team was led by Black Manchester, under Steel’s supervision. Doomsday apparently kills most of the Brigade after freeing him. Then Colonel Computron defected from the team and tried to contact Checkmate. He was murdered by Amanda Waller’s agents shortly after.
Superman and his powers
Superman is one of the chief characters in the DC Comics universe. Born as Kal-El of Krypton, he was sent to Earth by his parents, moments before the tragic destruction of his home planet. On Earth, he landed in Kansas, near the estate of ones Jonathan and Martha Kent, two local farmers who took him in and raised him as their own child, giving him the name Clark Kent. Young Clark was thus raised in Smallville, not knowing his heritage and the powers he possesses.
As he grew up, Clark Kent became aware of his powers and found out about his heritage, but he decided to accept the Kents as his real parents, even after discovering his true identity. Most of these scenes include him discovering the messages left to him by his real father, Jor-El, through which he learns everything about himself and his heritage.
Later on, Clark Kent becomes a reporter for the Daily Planet, a Metropolis-based newspaper, while simultaneously “working” as Superman, the protector of Metropolis and the Earth. While working for the Daily Planet, Superman meets Jimmy Olsen, a trusted friend and ally, and Lois Lane, a big-shot reporter, with whom he eventually falls in love and starts a relationship. He’s also had an on-and-off relationship with Wonder Woman, but Lois was always his first and true love.
One of Superman’s first opponents was General Zod, another survivor from his home planet, who threatened Earth, before being stopped by Superman. Unlike some other DC superheroes, Superman has a lot of extraterrestrial enemies, some of the most notable being Brainiac, the collector of planets, and Doomsday, a Kryptonian monstrosity matching Superman’s own powers. Still, his archenemy is a human, a very powerful and very intelligent human, but still only a human. His name is Lex Luthor and he plays a very important role in Superman’s crime-fighting career.
Superman’s most famous nickname is the Man of Steel, which symbolizes his superhuman strength and abilities. He is certainly the most powerful among the DC Comics heroes, but he also has a very strong weakness – Kryptonite. Those who know this, often used this to their advantage, since Kryptonite can do devastating damage to the Man of Steel.
He has appeared in a lot of derivative material, including a film series sta
Suicide Squad vs Superman, who would win?
Now, the two sections preceding this one have revealed information about the Suicide Squad and, of course, Superman. As you can see, the Suicide Squad, which is normal for a group, has changed its roster over the years, thus including a variety of different characters with different powers. There are, of course, some famous iterations and members, such as Bronze Tiger, Deadshot, or Harley Quinn, but in the case of the Suicide Squad fighting Superman, none of that really matters. Let us examine why.
Whichever solution you come up with, whichever iteration of the Suicide Squad you gather to face Superman, it doesn’t really matter. Namely, the Suicide Squad, despite including some superpowered villains, doesn’t really have anything on Superman. Superman, thanks to his Kryptonian physiology, is resistant to practically every type of attack the Squad could launch at him. He would just block Deadshot’s guns, he would melt Killer Frost’s ice, neutralize Copperhead’s poison, and so on. He is simply resistant to all of these attacks.
Likewise, in terms of physical combat, none of the members could really outmatch Superman. Certainly, Bronze Tiger or Bane might have some better techniques than the Man of Steel, but they don’t have his strength. In that aspect, they would not be able to harm him, not really. So, where does this leave us? Is superman invincible for the Suicide Squad?
Not really, no, but since there are only two ways we could think of that would enable the Suicide Squad to defeat Superman, it doesn’t really matter which members are in question. The first method, also the more complex one, is by isolating Superman from the Sun, his source of power while on Earth. This would be tricky for them to do, and even we are not sure how they’d be able to do it long enough for Superman to, actually, lose his powers. The other way of defeating him would be to use Kryptonite, which makes a lot more sense, to be honest. Amanda Waller could, with relative easer get her hands on some Kryptonite, as she is a government official, supply it to any Squad member and have them use it on Superman, thus weakening and incapacitating him, allowing the group to ultimately defeat him.
Still, if you ask us, these two possibilities are very unlikely and our final verdict is that Superman would win in a fight against the Suicide Squad, but we’re leaving the Squad at least some chance, if minimal, for a surprise win in this case.
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