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Everything You Need To Know About Suicide Squad

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    Suicide Squad is probably the most highly anticipated movie of the summer. But if you aren't a comic-book fan, chances are you have no idea why.

    Maybe you've surmised the general plot thanks to the trailers, though they haven't been entirely forthcoming with information. Here's what you probably have worked out already: The bad guys are fighting crime — for an unknown reason — but they're still not the good guys. Oh, and Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn seems likely to walk away with the whole movie.

    But there's a lot more to know. If your friends are movie buffs or DC fans or just comic-lovers, you might feel a little left out heading to the theater. Don't worry, we've got you covered. Click ahead for an explainer on everything you need to know about the Suicide Squad before the movie.

    Warning: Mild comic-related spoilers ahead!

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    Amanda Waller is one of the best (and most important) characters.
    How best to describe Amanda Waller (Viola Davis), a.k.a. "The Wall"?

    Well, she's ruthless. She's Annalise Keating on drugs. She's the most powerful, manipulative woman you'll see on screen. She's highly intelligent and ambitious. She's clear in her convictions, even though her morals and character are shady — to say the least.

    One of her best skills is identifying other people's weaknesses — including those of our antiheroes. This information helps her force people to do her dirty work. She's the one who makes the tough calls and she's the one who decides who or what is a threat. She's the one who requested the Suicide Squad because she needed a "disposable" team of skilled operatives.

    She's also threatened Batman, which is both terrifying and badass.

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    Harley Quinn is a fan favorite.
    Harley Quinn didn't start as a comic-book character. She started as a cartoon on Batman: The Animated Series. And she was fully clothed, by the way. But she was so popular that she burst into the comics, and now she's in a movie (and may even get her own).

    She was Dr. Harleen Quinzel, a psychiatrist at Arkham Asylum, where she attempted to treat The Joker. Obviously, that didn't work out the way she planned. But hey, you can't help who you love. (It's also worth noting that she has a relationship with Poison Ivy at one point in the comics.)

    Harley is violent and, well, insane. Her relationship with The Joker is pretty abusive. But she's always been attached to "Mr. J" — with the exception of her appearance in the Suicide Squad.

    In the end, you're probably going to love Harley as much as fans do.

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    Did you know Deadshot is a badass?
    When Deadshot, a.k.a. Floyd Lawton, isn't in jail, he's busy being the best assassin there is.

    His origin story has changed a few times in the comics, but what you need to know is he is a mercenary. Pay him to kill someone, and he'll do it. And thanks to his horrible past, he has a weird desire to be killed.

    The only reason he's in jail is because he decided to roll up on Gotham City and start some trouble with Batman, which is NEVER a good idea (just ask Superman).

    Deadshot can't start fires and he isn't covered in crazy makeup, but he's a badass.