Rumor of the Day: Is this the villain in the Suicide Squad movie?

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Mar 12, 2015, 10:24 AM EDT

As production ramps up on David Ayer's Suicide Squad, we're learning more and more about how the film will eventually play out onscreen. A couple of years ago it would've been hard to belive that this would be the third film in the DC Comics Movieverse after the one that basically assembles the Justice League (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice), but here we are, and it's pretty exciting. The film's got a lot of star power thanks to big names like Will Smith, Jared Leto and Margot Robbie, it's got a proven action director in the driver's seat, and it's a chance to bring some antihero fun to a superhero movie scene dominated by straight-up heroes like Captain America and Superman. We know a lot about this movie already, but what we don't know, yet, is just who the Squad will be facing. Now perhaps we do.

Latino Review's Umberto "El Mayimbe" Gonzalez has been dropping little mini-scoops over on his Instragram account this week, and they're proving to be very interesting indeed. Yesterday he brought word that Chris Pine could be Warner Bros.' choice to be the new Green Lantern, and now he's reporting that the chief antagonist of Suicide Squad will be the DC Comics villain Antiphon. 

Now, even if you consider yourself a pretty prolific DC reader, you might be going "Who?" right now, and you're not alone. Antiphon isn't a very well-known villain, only popping up a couple of times in the second volume of Suicide Squad back in 2002. According to this report, though, he won't be alone in the film. He'll be leading the terrorist group Onslaught, which has been around in various forms since Suicide Squad #1 back in 1987 (they were called The Jihad back then). There's no word yet on who might be joining Antiphon on the Onslaught team, but the group will reportedly be hunting down superpowered people for their own reasons. As for Antiphon himself, he's described as a "burn victim" with a prosthetic leg, and Ed Harris is among the actors rumored to play him. 

Of course, this is all unconfirmed at the moment, but if it's true it looks like Suicide Squad could be a special-ops-team-vs.-special-ops-team showdown. 

Suicide Squad arrives Aug. 5, 2016. What do you think? Are Antiphon and Onslaught good villain choices?

(Via Latino Review)