Assemble a team of the world’s most dangerous imprisoned super criminals, provide them the most powerful arsenal at the government’s disposal, and send them to defeat an enigmatic, unstoppable enemy.
U.S. intelligence officer Amanda Waller has gathered a group of disparate, despicable individuals with next to nothing to lose. Once they figure out they were chosen to fail, will the Suicide Squad resolve to die beating the odds, or decide it’s every man for himself?
- Joker has a much larger role in the novel.
- The Joker is revealed to have jumped off the chopper before it crashed.
- June Moone and Rick Flag's relationship is expanded.
- Joker's henchman Jonny Frost has a larger role. Jonny Frost has a short POV segment in which he reveals he is scared of the mental state of the other goons, especially Panda Man.
- Several scenes from the film are extended.
- Batman interacts briefly with Harley Quinn after he saves her. He tells Harley that he is getting her to Belle Reve Penetentiary as revenge for the death of Robin.
- Navy SEALs have a larger role.
- The scene where Enchantress reveals herself to the Joint Chiefs takes place inside the White House instead of the Pentagon.
- Most one-liners deleted from the film are included in the novel.
- Task Force X gets more bonding time.
- Enchantress is more menacing than in the film.
- There are more fights with Enchantress' minions.
- Waller rewards Deadshot before he is included in Task Force X.
- In the scene where Deadshot is on the roof preparing to kill the Mafia snitch, the reader gets a glimpse of the amount of preparation Deadshot puts into his work – emptying out an alley full of homeless people by giving them meal vouchers for a fast food joint, and smuggling in his rifle into the building weeks beforehand.
- In the scene of the assault on Arkham Asylum it is revealed that the Joker wants to do electroshock therapy on Dr. Harleen Quinzel, because she did the same to him as part of his treatment.
- The novel also details just how much destruction Enchantress, Incubus, and the EAs were able to do in just three days.
- When Enchantress has Task Force X under her spell, they are all shown alternate versions of their lives where they are granted their heart's desires.
- Incubus is shown to survive a little after his last scene in the film, with Katana being able to use the Soultaker to strike the killing blow upon Incubus' heart.
Differences from the movie
- Joker and Harley's relationship is more abusive in the novel.
- Monster T commits suicide, instead of getting shot by the Joker.
- In the movie, Goat Head Priest is shot by Arkham guards before reaching Harley. However, in the novelization he is present and apparently unharmed during her shock treatment by Joker.
- Deadshot's rivalry with Rick Flag is more pronounced, as Flag is impatient and even willing to humiliate soldiers who do not stand to attention at his authority.
- Deadshot's capture is portrayed very differently. In the novel, Floyd's ex-wife shows up to pick up Zoe and the two leave before Batman's presence is revealed, with Floyd even thanking Batman for deciding to apprehend him without Zoe present.
- Amanda Waller is a bit more rounded as a character in the novel as she shows a bit of a sense of humor, conscience and genuine fear.
- Enchantress' dialogue is not as magnanimous as shown in the movie.
- The Eyes of the Adversary are much harder to kill. In the first battle alone, the SEALs mention that they had enough ammo to take out a small country, but they are nearly empty in their first encounter with the EAs alone.
- Harley Quinn
- Amanda Waller
- June Moone
- Rick Flag
- Captain Boomerang
- Killer Croc
- El Diablo
- Hunter Griggs
- Jonny Frost
- Panda Man
- Goat Head Priest
- Grin Twins
- Zoe Lawton
- Grace Santana
- Daniel Santana
- Martina Santana
- Mackenzie Olsen
- Dexter Tolliver
- Gerard Davis
- "Big Ugly"
- Major General Decker
- Adrienne Davis
- Julie Davis
- Gene Davis
- Angelo (voice only)
- Floyd Lawton's ex-wife (flashbacks)
- Batman (flashbacks)
- Robin (flashbacks, mentioned)
- Monster T (flashbacks)
- President of the United States (mentioned)
- Superman (mentioned)
- Flash (mentioned)
- Truman (mentioned)
- The Gipper (mentioned)
- Antichrist (mentioned)
- Marsha Lane (mentioned)
- Emily Spiegel (mentioned)
- Australian Outback (dream)
- Cuba (mentioned)
- Everest (mentioned)
- North Korea (mentioned)
- United States of America
- Great Depression (mentioned)
- Assault on Arkham Asylum
- Chase of Joker and Harley Quinn (flashbacks)
- Battle of Midway City
- Birds (mentioned)
- Cave bear (skulls)
- Dogs (mentioned)
- Flea (mentioned)
- Lion (mentioned)
- Mouse (mentioned)
- Rat (mentioned)
- Unicorn (peluche)
- Enchantress' Artifact
- Good Night
- Mona Lisa (mentioned)
- Nano-bomb detonators
- Trick Boomerangs
Behind the Scenes
The novel was nominated in the 2017 Scribe Awards for the 'Adapted Speculative' category.