If you'd said this time last year that James Gunn would be fired from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 and be hired to work on a DC movie, I wouldn't have believed you. But a lot can change in 12 months, and now that Gunn is most definitely not returning to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, he's joined forces with the franchise's Distinguished Competition, a.k.a. DC, to write Suicide Squad 2, which he might also direct.
All we know so far about James Gunn's Suicide Squad 2 is that it will be a "fresh take" to the franchise. Some believe this means this means a reboot, but for the sake of argument, let's assume that this is a proper sequel to the first Suicide Squad movie and is still set within the DC Extended Universe. Another way Gunn's Suicide Squad 2 could distinguish itself from its predecessor is by starting from scratch with the cast. With that in mind, we've compiled this list of the main characters Gunn should include in Suicide Squad 2. Let's start with someone who will soon be established in the DCEU.
Although Yahya Abdul-Mateen's Black Manta is serving as a supporting antagonist as Aquaman, producer Peter Safran assures fans this is just the beginning of the character's big screen journey. This likely means that Black Manta will be back for Aquaman 2, but why stop there? Black Manta has only become affiliated with the Suicide Squad in recent years, but with his skill sets, both on the surface and underwater, it's easy to see why he was recruited. The first Suicide Squad movie opted to feature all-new characters, but for Suicide Squad 2, why not kill two birds with one stone by including at least one familiar faces on the team and giving Black Manta an opportunity to shine away from Arthur Curry?
Killer Frost started out as a Firestorm adversary on the comics, and on The Flash TV series, she's Caitlin Snow's icy alternate personality who started out as a villain and gradually evolved into an ally. But both the Caitlin Snow and Louise Lincoln incarnations of Killer Frost also have histories with the Suicide Squad, and if there's one thing this team could always use more of, it's sheer power. Whether Suicide Squad 2's Killer Frost is a straightforward baddie or is someone who sees Task Force X as a way to atone for her sins, she'd be an excellent member to have along for the threats who can't be stopped by punching or shooting bullets at them, like El Diablo previously.