Suicide Squad: Who Is The Villain?

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Spoilers ahead for Suicide Squad, out in theaters today.

When the mystical smoke that is The Enchantress's brother takes over the body of a businessman played by Canadian actor and stunt performer Alain Chanoine in Suicide Squad, the film's big bad takes shape.

Here's the thing: at no point in the movie do they use the name of Enchantress's brother. It's always just "Brother." So unless you hung around for the closing credits to see who Chanoine played, or unless you've got a pretty good working knowledge of Enchantress's backstory, you might be a little lost -- especially since the filmmakers kept the identity and nature of the threat under wraps in the run-up to the film's release.

"It is Incubus, because we know the relationship with the Enchantress, so the fans know," Chanoine told me in an interview this morning, more of which we'll share soon. "But the actual demon is coming out of that statuette....Once I knew what the character was before my chemistry read with Cara Delevingne, I did a lot of research. When I came in, I came in as a demon -- all that power and that darkness, it's part of the character."

In the comics, Incubus is actually the brother of Nightshade, and his ties to Enchantress are profound, but brief. The Enchantress, it turned out, was the Succubus, Incubus's sister -- and was meant to possess Nightshade before June Moone inadvertently became the Succubus's host. Eventually, he separated the Enchantress entity from June Moone, leaving her emotionally ragged and near comatose.

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It feels good to be bad…Assemble a team of the world’s most dangerous, incarcerated Super Villains, provide them with the most powerful arsenal at the government’s disposal, and send them off on a mission to defeat an enigmatic, insuperable entity. U.S. intelligence officer Amanda Waller has determined only a secretly convened group of disparate, despicable individuals with next to nothing to lose will do. However, once they realize they weren’t picked to succeed but chosen for their patent culpability when they inevitably fail, will the Suicide Squad resolve to die trying, or decide it’s every man for himself?

Suicide Squad is now in theaters; Wonder Woman is coming on June 2, 2017; followed by Justice League on November 17, 2017; The Flash on March 16, 2018; Aquaman on July 27, 2018; Shazam on April 5, 2019; Justice League 2 on June 14, 2019; Cyborg on April 3, 2020; and Green Lantern Corps on July 24, 2020.

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